James Walker discovered one of the agonies of endurance racing after being forced out of the Rolex 24 at Daytona after just four hours.
The World Series by Renault front-runner had joined up with JLowe Racing for the event – along with fellow Brit Tim Sugden – with the #64 Porsche battling up into the top six of the GT class in the early hours of the race.
However, shortly after taking over from Sugden for his first stint in the car, Walker was forced to return to the bits after the engine failed and with the team unable to repair the damage, the Porsche was forced into retirement.
“The entire JLowe Racing Team put in so much effort that it's a real shame we couldn't get a result,” Walker said. “The car felt great in the build-up and I could tell even after a few laps that we had a car that could have fought for the win. It's always tough when a race doesn't go your way but there was nothing we could have done to prevent the engine problem from happening.
“Despite this I've really enjoyed my first taste of endurance racing. Now I'm heading back to the UK to start training again and preparing for the 2010 season. We are in the middle of putting a deal together for this year so watch this space!”