Walker’s back on the podium
HINCKLEY TEENAGER NOW SECOND IN JUNIOR SALOON CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
FOLLOWING his first podium finish in the Junior Saloon Car Championship, Hinckley teenager Aaron Walker enjoyed more success in the latest meeting at Snetterton, writes Peter Scherer.
Due to the wet conditions their qualifying session was restricted to three laps familiarisation behind the safety car.
The grid was then formed on Championship positions, which left Walker third.
It was dry for the first race though and after slotting into third through the first corner at Riches, he was second by the end of the opening lap.
He was forced to surrender to pressure from Ruben Hage on lap four, but continued to hang on tightly to his rival.
Their battle allowed fourth placed Matthew Cripps to join them, briefly splitting them, only for Walker to take back third into Wilson Hairpin, which he retained to the flag.
“I thought Ruben had more pace, but then wondered about having a go back at him, before settling on consolidating third,” said Walker.
He made another good start in race two.
Walker was not able to match double winner Charlie Hand, but initially headed a 15-car train for second.
He was then joined by Hage and James Wallis in a three-car break, but his rivals both had problems, and he then lost out to Harvey Caton and Cripps.
“I made a few mistakes, but pleased with fourth and now second in the Championship too,” said Walker.
Caterham Graduates ace Jamie Ellwood also had a successful trip to East Anglia.
The Market Harborough driver qualified second, but after winning his first race, came home second in race two.