Come­back af­ter 50 years away

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Mike Walker will re­turn to race at Good­wood this week­end, 50 years af­ter mak­ing his For­mula 3 de­but there in May 1966.

Walker was a ris­ing sin­gle-seater star of the late 1960s and early 1970s but quit the sport in 1974 when plans to race in Euro­pean For­mula 2 fal­tered. He only re­turned in 2014 to race the rare front-wheel-drive Bond in For­mula Ju­nior.

“I raced at Good­wood in May and June 1966 just be­fore the cir­cuit closed, but I’ve not raced there since,” he said ahead of his Re­vival de­but in the Chich­ester Cup.

“I love the idea of go­ing back to Good­wood and it will be very spe­cial to go back af­ter ex­actly 50 years,” said Walker, 70. “I have a rea­son­able mem­ory of the track and it hasn’t changed since 1966. Back in 1966 my Brab­ham was late ar­riv­ing and I only started rac­ing it in May against driv­ers like Derek Bell, Robin Wid­dows and John Fen­ning,” said Walker, who fin­ished fifth in Bri­tish F3 that sea­son.

A meet­ing with An­drew Tart, who pre­pares Bonds for owner Jon God­dard­Watts, led to the chance for Walker to re­turn to rac­ing in 2014 and he is now one of the fastest fron­tengined Ju­nior driv­ers.

Walker (inset) will race in For­mula Ju­nior

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