British Formula Ford Scholarship title winner James Walker has confirmed that he will contest the British Formula Three Championship this season, having finally inked a deal with Hitech Racing.

Despite being a rookie outfit in 2003, Hitech won races in the British Championship with Danny Watts and ended the year by capturing the prestigious Korea Superprix against the cream of international opposition.season. The squad is also linked to Renault F1's driver development scheme.

"I can't wait to get started," an excited Walker admitted, "I did a couple of tests with Hitech last year and immediately felt at home. There's a lot of work to do and it will extremely competitive, but I'm aiming to get podium finishes."

The 20-year old Jersey native attracted a lot of attention in 2003. In only his second season of racing, he dominated the UK Formula Ford Scholarship by winning more than half of races to take the title. However, unlike most other professional racing drivers, he did not have any karting experience to fall back on. His achievements resulted in him being given 'Rising Star' status by the British Racing Drivers' Club [BRDC]. He joins the already confirmed Andrew Thompson and Lucas di Grassi in the Hitech squad.

"He's intelligent, he's calm, he listens and he does what's he's told," Hitech team boss David Hayle said of his new charge, "With that attitude, as well as his speed, he's got a very good chance of succeeding."

Walker will officially launch his 2004 programme with a special event in Jersey during March.



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