WALKER BROS OUT FRONT AT BRITISH QX
Harry and Alfie Walker certainly kept ‘the ole fella’ on his toes at Preston Docks last weekend, when they both went out and won their respective classes at the fifth round of the British QX Championship. We believe this to be a first on our Quad racing History of 32 yrs ??
Twenty-year-old Harry pulled out all the stops in the Cromwell Trucks British Championship races to take his second-ever championship overall – the first was at Dean Moor last year. In doing so, he closed the championship gap to 43 points behind the series leader. He leads the Under-21 championship with a tally of 351 points. Some 30 points clear in that!
Harry won the opening and closing moto’s, and was runner-up in the second. He made his intention clear from the very off, posting the fastest qualifying time and then convincingly setting the fastest lap in all three 13-lap races. Such was his dominance in the first race that he won with a considerable margin of 16.398 seconds and, with a fastest lap of 1:52.414, was the only competitor in the sub-1.53s! He worked hard in the second race to get past the front runners and was closing on the leader, but couldn’t quite close the gap enough and took the second place slot with just two and a half seconds the difference. He was back on it in the last race though, and his fastest lap time of 1:57.720 was a full second quicker than his closest opponent. He made the race his own, with a winning margin of 10.099 seconds.
“I’m extremely happy with my result today. Being the fastest qualifier gave me the confidence to go out and show what I’m capable of. My PAR Homes Zip Racing ATV’s R US Yamaha ran awesome and the lap times show that I had the speed. I just couldn’t pass Justin in the second race though he,s a master of track position .”
Not content to let his elder brother steal all the limelight, young Alfie also enjoyed a spot of quad racing success on Sunday. In only his second adult class outing, the 15-year-old won the Adult Support group, winning all three races with comfortable margins in each. Again, the Walker supremacy was evident as Harry’s winning margins were 13.394, 9.969 and 11.752 – not bad for the youngest rider out there and getting used to powering and handling a 450 for the first time – Harry’s 2018 race quad. Alfie said; “My first Time on a 450 was a blast … but it was a big learning curve for me. The first day wasn’t brilliant but, with the right setup for the track, Sunday was a different story. I’ll be glad to get back on my 250 though.”
Next up for the Walker crew is the sixth round of the British QX Championship at the Nora-MX meeting at Cusses Gorse this weekend. where Harry will look to continue his fine form and Alfie will settle back into his trusty 250cc in clubman elite to see if he can get that all elusive 250cc overall win under his belt in the 450cc Elite class!