Feature Quad Racer, Harry Walker makes Euro history in France!
The 19-year-old Team Zip Yamaha rider continued his fine start to the 2018 season when he secured third placed overall at the fast former moto cross Grand Prix track at Castlenau de Levis in only his second ever appearance in European Championship.
The result also propelled him up the Championship table to sixth place overall, just 16 points behind the series leader, with four rounds still remaining in the series.
“To finish on the podium in only my second ever European Championship event is a dream come true for me and has set me up nicely for the rest of the series,” said Walker.
“To know that I am competitive in this championship before we head off to the remaining rounds in eastern Europe is a real confidence booster. I can’t thank my team and sponsors enough.“
Walker’s weekend in France began strongly on the Saturday with him posting the fifth fastest time in the pre-qualification timed practice before he went one better in the half hour qualifying race.
The only riders ahead of him in the qualification race was former champion Jeremie Warnia from France, who was having a one-off wildcard ride, Polish series regular, Roman Gwiazda , and the reigning Champion, Kevin Saar from Estonia.
In Sunday’s opening 30 minute race, with slippy wet conditions making the race a little more of a lottery, Walker was initially holding a strong fourth place, However, a collision with fellow-British rider, Oli Sansom, saw Walker slip down the order to the lower reaches of the top ten, forcing him to battle back through the field to a very respectable fifth at the flag.
His second race was even more impressive though. A bad start had left Walker languishing at the rear of the field forcing another charge through the pack, which culminated in him taking third spot in the whoop section on the very last lap, which was also enough to secure third place overall.
Walker’s focus now turns closer to home when he competes in the first round of the Cromwell Trucks British Championship, which begins at Desertmartin in Northern Ireland, a track which Walker has already competed on this year when he finished fourth in the opening round of the Ulster Championship in March.
He then makes the racing trip of his life when he heads off to Chernivtsi in the Ukraine for the third round of the European Championship.
Overall. 1 Jeremy Warnia, France (Yamaha) 47 points, 2 Christopher Tveraen, Norway (Yamaha) 40, 3 Harry Walker, GB (Yamaha) 36, 4 Anthony Sousa Borges, France (Yamaha) 33, 5 Kevin Saar, Estonia (Honda) 33, 6 Ricardo Phoelich, Holland (W-Tec) 30.
Race one. 1 Saar, 2 Warnia, 3 Roman Gwiazda, Poland (Yamaha), 4 Tveraen, 5 Walker, 6 Sousa Borges.
Race two. 1 Warnia, 2 Tveraen, 3 Walker, 4 Sousa Borges, 5 Sousa Borges, 6 Lylian Leger, France (Yamaha).
Championship: Tveraen 65, Gwiazda 55, Saar 53, Phoelich 53, van Grinsven 50, Walker 49.
Next round: Chernivtsi, Ukraine, May 5.