Feature Quadcross Racer Report. Walker secures third in Euro Quadcross Champs with gritty final ride!
Teenager Harry Walker ended his 2018 European Championship campaign in style at Stelpe in Latvia on Sunday when he notched up a superb second overall – his fifth consecutive podium in the keenly-contested series – and in doing so secured third overall in the final championship standings.
The weekend began strongly for Walker, who had travelled to Stelpe with a new motor and uprated suspension on his ZIP Yamaha to give himself the best possible chance of success. And, after a strong second place in the opening Free Practice session in a competitive field of 25, things were looking positive.
However, in the next session he suffered a big crash on a jump, after the engine tightened approaching the take off, leaving him with an injured shoulder that was to hamper him all weekend. This was reflected in a relatively below-par eighth place finish in Saturday’s qualifying race later that day.
Sunday though was another day and despite being very sore, and with temperatures and humidity soaring, Walker gritted his teeth to put in one of his toughest efforts of the year.
In the opening race he battled hard to secure fifth place, before putting in one of his best rides of the season in race two when he came through the field to catch the leaders, set the fastest lap of the race, and eventually finish in second place.
Summarising his Championship season a delighted Walker said: “It’s been a great experience, travelling to some of the best prepared venues I’ve ever been to! It’s brought my riding on in leaps and bounds, we’ve met some great people and seen some great things.”
“I need to thank the people who believed in me and helped make it possible. Richard Cole for convincing us
to do it, my family for their support and all our technical and financial sponsors who helped us have a
competitive machine and 100% reliability.”
During his Euro campaign Walker racked 13,000 miles on the road travelling to the far reaches of Europe,
however, this weekend his attentions are closer to home when he contests round four of the Cromwell Trucks
British Championship at Dean Moor. Hopes will be high after last year’s round at the Cumbrian track where
Walker took his maiden win in the British Championship and in turn became the youngest ever winner of the
British Championship heat!
Overall: 1 Kevin Saar (Honda), Estonia 50 points, 2 Harry walker (Yamaha), GB 38, 3 Ricardo Phoelich (W-Tec
Honda), Holland 38, 4 Christopher Tveraen (Yamaha) Norway 37, 5 Emils Sigajevs (Yamaha) Latvia 33, 6 Lars
Holmen (Yamaha) Norway 27.
Race one: 1 Saar, 2 Tveraen, 3 Roman Gwiazda (Yamaha) Poland, 4 Phoelich, 5 Walker, 6 Sigajevs.
Race two: 1 Saar, 2 Walker, 3 Phoelich, 4 Sigajevs, 5 Holman, 6 Tveraen.
Final Championship Points: Saar 238, Tveraen 232, Walker 209, Phoelich 173, Gwiazda 128, Vandendijck 115.