26 September, 2011
Fortec Motorsport's Alex Walker did more than enough to ensure 2nd place in the InterSteps Championship as the season came to a close at Croft, North Yorkshire at the weekend. The 16-year-old from Oldham came into the weekend with an outside chance of taking the title but took on the difficult task of overhauling a 30-point deficit to the championship leader.
After an off-track excursion in qualifying, Walker found himself further down the order than where he wanted to be for all three races but salvaged 5th, 6th and 4th place finishes from the weekend.
The results mean that Walker has scored points in all-bar-one of the twenty races this season, and has finished on the podium in no less than thirteen of those races, including his three wins. The only race that he failed to score in was in Round 6 at Rockingham back in July when he retired on the warm-up lap from the front row with a gearbox problem, though he later went to on to win the other two races that weekend in dominant style.
"It's been an up and down season but it has definitely proved to be an invaluable experience for me and I have to be happy with second in the championship. In general I think it's been a good season and I've learnt a great deal which will only help me in my career, and I hope to come back even stronger and go one better next year.
"It is disappointing not to win the championship and maybe it would have been different if we hadn't lost those points at Rockingham or if other things had gone differently, but this is motorsport and you have to take what it throws at you sometimes. I've got the winter now to reflect on my first season in car racing season and work on certain areas that will make me a more complete driver next year.
"A big thank you to my sponsors Alpine Properties, Roger Hannah Property Management, Thompson Jones Chartered Accountants, Reich Insurance and Howarth Bros., and of course Fortec Motorsport who have all made this possible. I've really enjoyed representing my sponsors on and off the track this season and hope to carry our partnerships through to next season and beyond."
Walker now turns his attention to Brands Hatch where he will compete in his second Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship meeting this weekend.