International Insight

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Chris Walker
Chris Walker1

By Gary Catt

The last month I have been again very busy as the season is in full flow now.

I had a race in the WSK in La Conca, I also had to go to another race in Italy with the Mini kart driver I manage for the Italian championship and then I had some tests at Zuera to prepare for the final round of the WSK championship.

So on to the race I had at La Conca. The WSK championship has been a disaster for me so far this year, in the first round I had a big crash in the Final and broke a bone in my chest which meant I had to miss the second round in Portugal and this race in La Conca was the third round out of a four round championship. The weather in La Conca was very hot and there was a lot of rubber on the track.

During the tests I was fast and in qualifying I ended up 7th overall on the Friday. On Saturday morning we changed some things and I was quickest in the warm-up, however I only ended up with a 9th and an 8th in my two heats but my pace was OK compared with the leaders but where we were all so similar it was very hard to pass.

So after my results in the heats I would start 7th for the first Final on Saturday. I had a good race and managed to finish 4th so I was quite happy with this and knew my speed was OK for the heats and main Final on Sunday.

Sunday however didn’t go quite to plan, in the first heat there was a scuffle in front of me and I got caught up in it, and the front of the kart lifted off the ground as I hit the driver in front and as I landed I bent the chassis so had to drive round slowly in the heat and only managed to finish 9th. But what was worse is that we couldn’t repair the chassis for the rest of the weekend so I had to use another kart which I had found not as fast in the tests. The next heat I had problems and had to retire so after these two heats I would start the main final in 17th position which was disappointing really as my pace had been OK.

Anyway, I drove through to 11th in the main Final and was quite fast in the beginning of the race and ended with the 3rd fastest time of the race, but I really struggled with the tyres at the end of the race. I came away encouraged by the pace I had during the weekend but still disappointed as I hadn’t achieved the result I should’ve done.

The next week I went to Viterbo to help my driver, Max Fewtrell in the Italian championship in the mini kart category. He drove well to finish 12th in the Final after starting 31st and he’s improving a lot at the moment. After that I had a week at home before testing at Zuera for two days to prepare for the final round of the WSK which was the last week of July.

I’m hoping to build on La Conca and finish the championship with a good result, I’ll let you know how it goes.