James Walker has been confirmed as the man charged with retaining Liverpool's Superleague Formula by Sonangol crown in 2010, after being signed up to replace F1 hopeful Adrian Valles for 2010.
The 25-year old Jersey native has spent the last three seasons competing in the World Series by Renault, finishing fifth overall last year, but began to make his first Superleague appearances in that time, culminating in a victory for Borussia Dortmund at Jerez in 2008. This season, however, he will focus entirely on the football-related series, having signed with his favourite club.
“Over the winter, I've had a strange period of not knowing what I'm doing, so to find out I'll be racing for Liverpool in Superleague Formula is fantastic," Walker admitted, "Having done two races before, I've already got a feel of what it's all about and the thought of doing a whole season now – and aiming for the championship – is going to be an honour and really exciting.
“With the prize fund that's up for grabs this year, which has been a big attraction, I'm only interested in winning after challenging for the Formula Renault crown last year. The only realistic aim is to try to win the title and I think we've got a very good chance of doing just that, while hopefully winning a lot of races along the way.”
Walker also admitted that he was honoured to be racing for the Merseysiders, having tested with them in the past.
“The thought of representing a prestigious club like Liverpool, one of the biggest teams in Europe, and having the link between English club and driver, has got fantastic foundations already for being successful," he reasoned, "As a local driver, trying to get the fans behind me is going to be a lot easier so, hopefully, we can have as good a season as they had in 2009.”
The Hitech Junior Team, now running under the Atech banner, will once again prepare and run Liverpool's challenger, having collected two victories and a further five podiums during the title-winning 2009 season. And it's not the first time that Walker will have worked with team principal David Hayle.
“James is part of the Atech family really because he raced for me for two years while in British F3 and I've followed his career closely ever since,” Hayle confirmed, “When this opportunity came about it made perfect sense. I think it's going to be tough for everyone this year, now that Superleague Formula is growing and more and more people want to be a part of it, but I would have thought that James is certainly one of the championship favourites.”