Motorsport’s Alex Walker celebrates British GT Championship podium success

Alex Walker celebrates a podium finish in a British GT Championship event at Donington Park
Alex Walker celebrates on the podium at Donington Park Image: Jakob Ebrey Photography

The career of Bedford’s Alex Walker is going from strength to strength, as the motor racing driver scored a podium finish in the latest round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park in Derbyshire.

Sunday’s three-hour showpiece ended with Walker and his teammate, Blake Angliss finishing in second place in an eventful race that had multiple incidents and a full course yellow flag that potentially derailed a chance of victory for the McLaren pair.

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Walker and Angliss, competing for Paddock Motorsport in the GT4S class, finished second after a brave drive from both men.

Walker’s excellent opening stint led the team to second place and when he handed over to Angliss, the rain came but Walker’s teammate was equally as good on slick tires and increasingly wet conditions to hold their position.

Keeping them at bay was another McLaren, the Optimum Motorsport team of Zac Meakin and Jack Brown, but the race was closed up as multiple cars hit standing water with the Paddock team navigating the trouble to propel them closer to the leaders.

Safety car denies maiden GT win

After racing resumed, Walker took over duties and began to hunt down the Optimum pair knowing that he did not even need to pass them in order to gain victory; the McLaren in front was due to serve a 20-second time penalty rolled over from their win last time out at Silverstone.

Completing their switch of drivers at full race speed came back to haunt Walker and Angliss however as a safety car meant the Optimum pair could switch their drivers with the race at a slower speed, gaining valuable seconds as they did, in order to gain victory.

Alex Walker driving his McLaren Artura GT4 around Donington Park
Alex Walker in action at Donington Park Image: Jakob Ebrey Photography

While Walker and Angliss were unlucky not to claim the race win, the second place still represents their best-placed finish so far in what is the halfway stage of the British GT Championship.

“The race felt so long, but I loved it”, said Walker, reflecting on what he calls one of his best weekends since he started motor racing.

“I actually feel we could have done a bit better and had it not been for the bad luck with the safety car we perhaps could have bagged the win.

“But I’ll always take a podium. The team has done a great job with the car all weekend and Blake and I did exactly what we set out to do, stay out of trouble, free from penalties and the balance of the car was great throughout. It’s a special result.”

Double victory follows

Not content with a British GT Championship podium, Alex went on to compete in the latest round of the Formula Ford 1600 Championship at Castle Combe in Wiltshire on Bank Holiday Monday (27 May) in which he scored victories in both races to cement a memorable weekend.

“From leading my first British GT race, to my first GT podium, to pole position and two wins, what a weekend!” added Alex.

Next up for Alex is a journey abroad as the British GT Championship goes European with a trip to the world-famous, Spa Francorchamps in Belgium from 21st to 23rd June.

The 4.35 mile track, which features one of the most famous corners in world motor racing in Eau Rouge, will present a further opportunity for Paddock Motorsport to build on an impressive podium and broadens Walker’s horizons in what continues to be a bristling career behind the wheel for the Bedfordian.