James Walker (racing driver)

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James Walker
James Walker 2008 WSBR Silverstone.jpg
Walker driving for Fortec at the Silverstone round of the 2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1983-08-25) August 25, 1983 (age 31)
Jersey (Channel Islands)
2014 Superleague Formula
Debut season 2008
Current team Liverpool F.C.
Car no. 1
Former teams Rangers F.C.
Borussia Dortmund
Starts 4
Wins 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
13th in 2008
Previous series
200709
2006
200406
2002–03
2002
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula Three Euroseries
British Formula Three
Formula Ford Great Britain
Junior Formula Ford UK
Championship titles
2003 FFord GB – S'ship Class

James Walker (born August 25, 1983 in Jersey) is a professional racing driver driver from Great Britain.

Career[edit]

Formula Ford[edit]

James began his single seater racing career in 2002 in the UK Formula Ford championship, finishing the year in 17th place. He also took part in the Avon Tyres Junior Formula Ford series, finishing 6th, and the end-of-season Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, where he finished 12th.

For 2003 he stayed in UK Formula Ford, winning the scholarship class for year-old cars as well as taking three overall podium finishes, including a win at Mondello Park. He also finished 9th in the Formula Ford Festival. As a result of his achievements during the season he was nominated for the National Racing Driver of the Year at the annual Autosport Awards.

Formula Three[edit]

The following year Walker moved up to the British Formula Three Championship, the first of three seasons in the category. Competing for Hitech Racing, he finished his first season in 18th place. He also raced in the one-off Formula 3 European Cup event, finishing 11th, and the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort, where he finished in 28th place. During the same year, he was also awarded 'Rising Star' status by the British Racing Drivers Club.

In 2005 he switched to the Fortec Motorsport team, taking one race win, at the Nürburgring, to finish the year 11th overall. He once again took part in the Marlboro Masters race, but retired from the event. Walker returned to Hitech Racing for the 2006 season, taking three podium places on his way to 9th in the final standings. He also took part in two F3 Euroseries rounds, at Hockenheim and Brands Hatch, but failed to score a point in the four races he entered. Walker also made a third attempt at the renamed BP Ultimate Masters of Formula 3, but once again failed to finish the race.

World Series by Renault[edit]

For 2007 Walker made the step up to the World Series by Renault with Fortec Motorsport, who were also making their debut in the series. He finished his maiden year 19th in the final standings, with the highlight being a win in front of his home crowd at Donington Park.

Despite testing for Red Devil Team Comtec during the off-season, Walker stayed with Fortec for a second season in 2008.[1] During the year, he finished in the points on nine occasions, taking a single podium in the final race of the season in Barcelona to finish 13th in the championship.

In the off-season, Walker tested for both Ultimate Signature and P1 Motorsport before joining the latter for the 2009 season.[2] He ended up fifth in the championship, winning a single race at Spa-Francorchamps.

2010 24 Hours of Daytona[edit]

Walker was given a drive a Porsche for J Lowe Racing in the 2010 24 Hours of Daytona,[3] but the car retired before he got behind the wheel.

Superleague Formula[edit]

In 2008, Walker also took part in four races of the inaugural Superleague Formula season. He raced for Rangers F.C. at the Nürburgring and then for Borussia Dortmund at Jerez, where he won the final race of the season. He will return to the series in 2010, driving for defending champions Liverpool, replacing Adrián Vallés.[4]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

In August 2010, rumours surfaced in the Brands Hatch paddock that Walker would be switching to the British Touring Car Championship.[5] In May 2010, he tested for the Triple 8 Race Engineering team, at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Sports car racing[edit]

Walker joined Le Mans Series team JMW Motorsport for the 2011 season. He and Rob Bell got two class wins out of five races driving a Ferrari 458 Italia, resulting runner-ups in the GTE-Pro drivers and teams championships. In 2012 he won the Paul Ricard race for JMW together with Jonny Cocker, and retired at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The driver swtichted to Delta-ADR for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. Driving an Oreca-Nissan, he got a LMP2 class win, a fourth place finish and a fifth, resulting 6th in the teams standings.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2002 UK Formula Ford Championship  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 50 17th
Avon Tyres Junior Formula Ford Championship  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 182 6th
2003 UK Formula Ford Championship (Scholarship class)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 466 1st
2004 British Formula Three Championship Hitech Racing 24 0 0 0 0 20 18th
2005 British Formula Three Championship Fortec Motorsport 22 1 0 1 1 69 11th
2006 British Formula Three Championship Hitech Racing 21 0 0 0 3 92 9th
Formula Three Euroseries 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 1 0 0 1 19 19th
2008 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 0 0 0 1 36 13th
2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series P1 Motorsport 17 1 0 2 3 89 5th

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2007 Fortec Motorsport MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

14
NÜR
1

24
NÜR
2

18
MON
1

14
HUN
1

12
HUN
2

10
SPA
1

20
SPA
2

Ret
DON
1

10
DON
2

1
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

18
EST
1

7
EST
2

20
CAT
1

15
CAT
2

10
19th 19
2008 Fortec Motorsport MNZ
1

7
MNZ
2

7
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

16
MON
1

8
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

12
HUN
1

7
HUN
2

10
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

13
BUG
1

Ret
BUG
2

9
EST
1

Ret
EST
2

14
CAT
1

7
CAT
2

2
13th 36
2009 P1 Motorsport CAT
1

6
CAT
2

Ret
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

1
MON
1

3
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

Ret
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

2
BUG
1

Ret
BUG
2

9
ALG
1

6
ALG
2

8
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

4
ALC
1

18
ALC
2

9
5th 89

Superleague Formula[edit]

2008[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 Position Points
2008 Rangers F.C. Alan Docking Racing DON NÜR ZOL EST VAL 13th 227
4 12
Borussia Dortmund Zakspeed JER 14th 218
14 1

2010[edit]

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
2010 Liverpool F.C. Atech SIL
ASS
MAG
JAR
NÜR
ZOL
BRH
ADR
POR
LOS
TBA
TBA
10th 115*
16 17 X 6 6 4 6 8 5

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport United Kingdom Jonny Cocker
New Zealand Roger Wills
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
204 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ English, Steven (2008-02-12). "Walker stays on with Fortec Motorsport". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (2009-01-09). "P1 sign James Walker for 2009". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. ^ "JAMES TO RACE AT DAYTONA". jwalkermotorsport.com (James Walker). 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ English, Steven (2010-03-12). "Walker signs up for Superleague". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  5. ^ "WALKER SET TO MAKE BTCC SWITCH?". thecheckeredflag.co.uk (Vince Pettit). 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

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