Spa Francorchamps awaits for Alex Walker after Formula Ford success

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Alex Walker, Bedford's premier motor racing driver in June2023
Alex Walker is in fine form whatever car he drives Photo: Gruppe C Photography

Bedfordian motor racing driver Alex Walker, 20, has enjoyed the perfect preparation for an exciting weekend ahead in the British GT Championship with victory in the second race at Castle Combe near Bristol in the latest round of the Formula Ford Championship.

Walker now leads the Championship despite missing the first weekend due to British GT commitments, with a race win and a fourth place finish in his WPR Van Diemen chassis leaving the racing prospect in fine form heading into an iconic weekend at Spa.

The British GT Championship has passed the halfway stage with Walker and his race partner, Blake Angliss growing into the competition week-by-week, culminating in a podium finish at Donington Park in the last round.

Read: Motorsport’s Alex Walker celebrates British GT Championship podium success

Spa Francorchamps in Belgium is perhaps best known for its annual appearance on the Formula One calendar and hosts some of the most iconic corners in the sport, but this weekend they will be welcoming a plethora of British GT cars, including Walker and Angliss in the McLaren Artura GT4.

Walker benefits from stewards ruling

It would be unfair on a fantastic competition to rule the Formula Ford Championship a mere Belgian warm-up for Walker, but keen to continue his fine form, Walker took to the racetrack in Castle Combe, coming away with more points.

After a fourth place finish in the first race, Walker benefited from a favourable stewards ruling in the second after Felix Fisher cut the circuit’s ‘Esses’ corner, and with Walker finishing just 0.119 seconds behind the race’s provisional winner, the stewards took centre stage.

It was ruled that Walker was denied the race win because of the corner cutting, with Walker leapfrogging Fisher into first place – his third race victory of the year – holding on to the Formula Ford Championship lead in the process.

The single seater Formula Ford Championship cars with Alex Walker leading
Alex Walker in action in the Formula Ford Championship Image: Phil Johnson

“As always, Formula Ford provides incredibly close and hard racing and last weekend was no exception”, said Walker after another fruitful weekend behind the wheel.

“Whilst I took the win in race two, the top four were covered by around one second after the race and a few tenths of a second covered the top six lap times.

“With qualifying being stopped due to a huge June rainstorm, I qualified fifth for both races and by lap three of race two was briefly up to second, before dropping back to fourth on the last lap.

“The second race was more of the same but this time I hit the front with a lap to go. To add the bonus point for fastest lap may prove crucial as no doubt this will be a very close championship by the time we get to the finals event in October.”

Alex Walker driving his McLaren Artura in the British GT Championship
Alex Walker driving the McLaren Artura GT4 in the British GT Championship Image: Jakob Ebrey

Looking ahead to what will be a fantastic weekend in Belgium whatever the result, Walker is confident he has learnt the track and is showing confidence in his McLaren Artura GT4.

“2024 is proving to be another successful year and I am sure the fact I am racing most weekends is helping a lot.

“Nothing really can beat the intense nature of single seater racing, and it is keeping me sharp for the longer endurance events in the Paddock Motorsport McLaren Artura.

“Whilst I have not raced at Spa before, I visited last summer on the way to a race meeting in Germany and I have done a lot of laps on my SIM. We seem to have a good balance to the set up on the Artura and we were amongst the quickest cars all weekend at the last event.

“I am hoping the winning bug sticks and I take my first British GT race win this weekend!”

Walker’s next race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium takes place from Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June and all the action can be watched live via the British GT Championships live page here.