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Walker hails support, not results
9 June 2008
James Walker came away from his home World Series by Renault round impressed by his overwhelming support at Silverstone, but less so with his results after scoring just a single point.
Hoping to replicate a similar victory in front of his fans last season at Donington Park, Walker struggled to dial in his Fortec Motorsport machine around Silverstone and could only manage 18th on the grid in qualifying.
The first race showed promise though with Walker able to haul himself up to the cusp of the top ten and crossing the line in 11th place. That became tenth later in the day when sixth place Guillaume Moreau was dropped down the order.
“After a disappointing morning the team and I got our heads down and worked hard to turn it around in the race,” he said. “I made an aggressive start, gaining a couple of places on the first lap and was then able to catch and pass others.
“I had a great battle with (Charles) Pic, eventually taking him on the inside at Stowe, even though he squeezed me right onto the grass. The plan for tomorrow is to be aggressive again and go out there and take some points.”
Starting 12th in the second race, Walker hoped he could make it a double points finish but in a race that suffered no retirements ahead of him, he would stay exactly where he started. Nonetheless, he was at least delighted by the amount of support he received from the home fans.
“I have never known an atmosphere like the one we had at Silverstone today,” said James. “It was incredible to see the place so full and I must say that Silverstone did a fantastic job with the event.
“It's a shame to only take one point from the weekend but we have to keep looking forward. It's Budapest next and that's where my season really turned around last year so I'm keen to get back out there.”