James Walker jr. captures first podium in St. Petersburg on Saturday

James Walker jr. captures first podium in St. Petersburg on Saturday

12.03.2019: ... suffers crash in Sunday race SRO Motorsports America TC Series Texan James Walker, Jr. came to Florida ready to compete on the streets of St. Petersburg for the second double

... suffers crash in Sunday race

SRO Motorsports America TC Series

Texan James Walker, Jr. came to Florida ready to compete on the streets of St. Petersburg for the second doubleheader race weekend on the SRO Motorsports America TC America Series schedule, March 9-10.

After making his professional racing debut the previous weekend at Round 1 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex. with two fourth-place finishes in his No. 34 Risi Competizione/Hella Pagid Brake Systems Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR, Walker was raring to go as he made his street race debut in Round 2.

Walker qualified fourth in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta, following a pair of VW Golf GTI TCR teammates. In Race 1, the FCP Euro VW teammates tapped each other while battling mid-race after Walker was giving a good chase. He advanced and pushed hard to maintain his position for the balance of the 40-minute race, taking home his first podium finish in the TC America Series with a second-place finish, only one second behind the race leader at the checkered flag.

In Race 2, Walker, along with the VW duo, traded fastest lap times during an intense racing battle that ended when Walker made light contact with the high-speed Turn 9A apex just 12 minutes from the end. The front end of the Alfa Romeo bounced off of the concrete walls twice, bringing out the safety car and a caution period to clear the narrow street track. He gave a thumbs up as he exited the car before walking to the medical car unassisted. When the racing resumed there were just two laps remaining.


James Walker (far left) on the podium at St Petersburg TCR America podium on Saturday

"The race weekend started out great," said Walker, of The Woodlands, Tex. "Getting my first podium in just my third race was more than I thought we could achieve so early in the season. I'm thrilled about that progress. I'm learning every time out in the Alfa and on Saturday we had a good battle going that worked out great for me with a second-place finish. Sunday we had a good start to the race, but while fighting for position I touched the wall at the kink and it was not very forgiving. Unfortunately, that ended our day."

"James did a great job at St. Pete," said Risi Competizione Race Engineer Rick Mayer. "He continues to improve with each outing and is learning the nuances of the car and TCR racing every time out. He held his own on Saturday and was rewarded with his first podium, so we're all proud of him for that accomplishment.

On Sunday he and the VW drivers were all battling neck-and-neck, but he got too close and touched the wall, which bounced him around a bit. The front end of the Giulietta got pretty damaged and James had a good hit himself, which sent him to the hospital to be checked out. We're just glad he's okay. We've got some work to do on the Alfa, but we have some time before the next race in late April."

The next TCR America race will take place at VIRginia International Raceway, April 26-28 for the Round 3 doubleheader.


Barbara J. Burns- photos RISI

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/james-walker-jr-podium-st-petersburg-crash---187688.html

12.03.2019 / MaP

More News

Mark Pombo pilots #59 Mini JCW to two second place finishes
.. in first race weekend of 2019 SRO TC America Race SeriesMINI USA and the MINI John Cooper Works Team proudly congratulated Mark Pombo today for guiding the factory-supported #59 “STEP” MINI JCW to two podium finishes in the first ra more >>
Risi Competizione and James Walker jr. set for St.Pete
...for TC America Series with Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCRJames Walker, Jr. and the Risi Competizione bring the No. 34 Risi Competizione/ Hella Pagid Brake Systems Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR to St. Petersburg, Fla. for this week's SRO Motorsports America TC Americ more >>
TC America @ Austin Mason Filippi opens the season with a double win
Mason Filippi driving a TFB Performance Hyundai Veloster N scored a double victory in the TC America opener at Austin's Circuit of the Americas. In Saturday's Race 1, Filippi recovered from the back of the field where he had been dropped by a penalty fo more >>
TC America- Podiums for the Golf GTI TCR in Austin
The TC America season fittingly kicked off at the Circuit of The Americas – the venue for the US Grand Prix. Two Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR drivers – Michael Hurczyn (USA) and Nate Vincent (USA) – were in action in Austin, Texas, and both made it onto the podium. more >>
James Walker Jr finishes solid fourth in both TCR races at Cota
... in SRO Motorsports America TC America Series In his first professional race doubleheader race weekend at Round 1 of the 2019 SRO Motorsports America TC America Series, Texan James Walker, Jr. put on a good show and finished just off the podium in b more >>
TC / TCA AMERICA infos and schedules
The new TC America championship creates a unique and exclusive brand identity for our popular touring car classes – TCR, TC, TCA. After our inaugural season of TCR competition, we’ll build off of the high excitement and close racing the class produced leveraging global homologated TCR cars. more >>


2001-2023 automobilsport.com full copyright