19 September, 2011
Oldham's Alex Walker made an impressive debut in the Formula Renault UK Championship at Rockingham, Northamptonshire at the weekend. Despite being the youngest and most inexperienced driver on the grid, the 16-year-old scored points in both races to come home with 6th and 9th place finishes.
Having qualified 8th on the grid for Race 1, only 0.4sec off pole, Fortec Motorsport's Walker made a good start and gained a position on the opening lap. As the race settled in to its' rhythm he picked up two further places and was not challenged from then on as he built up a healthy gap between himself and the car behind.
After 17 laps of racing, Walker crossed the line to finish in P6 on his maiden Formula Renault race, and also scored 18 points to put next to his name on the championship table.
Another solid performance in Race 2 saw Walker stay out of trouble and put in consistently fast times to bring the car home in 9th position.
"It's been a really positive and useful experience, and I'm pleased with my performance this weekend. It was a big step to come into Formula Renault so late on in the season, racing against drivers that have a lot more experience than me, but I've learnt a lot which will only help me develop as a driver.
"The nature of the circuit made overtaking very difficult for everyone but I now have a better understanding of how to drive these cars and how to get the most from them."
Walker now looks ahead to the final meeting of the InterSteps Championship, where he is still in contention for the title, at Croft this weekend.