18 July, 2011
Oldham's Alex Walker kept up his strong form and added to his championship points with a further two podiums as the InterSteps Championship visited Donington Park, supporting the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), last weekend.
The 16-year-old qualified on pole position for Race 1 on Saturday but dropped back at the start, slotting into P7, in torrential rain. Having to contend with aquaplaning and poor visibility, Walker managed to fight back hard and finished the 20-minute race in 4th position, picking up more valuable points for his championship campaign.
In Race 2, he started from P3 but dropped a position as the field went through Redgate for the first time. However, he kept up fast and consistent race pace to overtake the two cars in front and crossed the line with a well deserved P2.
Starting again from 3rd on the grid for Race 3, Walker made a strong start and was up to 2nd position by the first corner, chasing down the leader. With the race still in its' opening stages, droplets of rain threatened to throw the race into the mix, catching many drivers out, including Walker who had a moment at the Old Hairpin, dropping him back to P5.
From then to the chequered flag, Walker pushed and got passed James Peace and Fortec Motorsport team mate, Ed Jones, grabbing the last available step on the podium and claiming fastest lap by nearly half a second in the process.
"I think it's fair to say that Donington is not one of my stronger tracks but we scored decent points in each of the three races and the championship is still very much alive.
"I lost out at the start of Race 1 and the conditions were pretty bad with the car aquaplaning going down the hill to the Old Hairpin, so it was tough just to keep the car on the track. Then in the other two races I had good pace and was able to get a couple of podiums so that's positive from a championship point of view.
"It would have been ideal to have come back with a win but it just wasn't to be, so I'll be out to do all I can to make up for it at Thruxton. There's still work to be done in the meantime though and I'll be doing everything I can to keep improving.
"I would like to say a massive thank you to my sponsors, Alpine Properties, Thompson Jones Chartered Accountants and Reich Insurance, and also the guys at Fortec Motorsport for all their invaluable support this weekend."
The InterSteps Championship now heads to Thruxton, Hampshire for Rounds 12, 13 and 14 on August 13/14.