Bedford’s Alex Walker dominates at Brands Hatch to lead Formula Ford Championship

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Image: Alex Walker leading the pack at Brands Hatch (Photo: James Roberts)

Bedford’s racing sensation, Alex Walker pulled off another double at Brands Hatch to extend his lead in the National Formula Ford 1600 Championship last weekend.

The Brands Hatch Indy circuit was the latest venue for a closely contested championship, with Walker snatching back top position in the standings.

In the first race of the weekend, Walker took victory in a thriller that featured a nine-car lead battle for the majority of the race.

The Kevin Mills Racing driver passed title rival Max Esterson into Paddock Hill corner in the second half of the race before pulling clear to win by 3.4 seconds.

In race two, rain started to fall as the lights went out, with Alex converting pole into the race lead into Paddock Hill Bend.

However, as the rain started to fall harder during the race and his car on a dry set up, Walker had close company at the front from Esterson, Rory Smith and Chris Middlehurst catching him having gambled on wet settings.

Officials decided to eventually bring out the safety car after a crash, with the lead changing at the restart. Team Dolan’s Middlehurst took second away from Walker after a further lap, while Smith started to pull away.

Esterson tried to nip inside title rival Walker at Druids, but the two touched wheels on the exit, sending Esterson spinning into the barriers.

As Smith cruised to victory by over four seconds, Jamie Sharp overtook Middlehurst for second in the closing stages and Walker came home fourth, claiming valuable championship points.

In the final race of the weekend, Walker took the win by 8.2 seconds from team-mate Tom Mills, who put in a superb race-long defence of second place.

The top six positions from race two were reversed in forming the grid, with Oldfield Motorsport’s Lukas Romanek starting at the front before losing out to Mills and Walker off the line.

Mills conceded the lead to Walker as the cars negotiated Graham Hill Bend for the first time; with Walker then pulling out a huge lead as team-mate Mills fended off a train of cars behind.

Bedford’s Walker now leads the championship on both points overall and dropped scores as the championship heads to the scenic Oulton Park track in Cheshire.

Given only ten points separate the top three drivers, this championship is looking likely to go down to the last round at Snetterton in October.

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