Walker Takes Surprise First Win

Jerseyman James Walker took a surprise first win in Formula Three at the first of today's rounds at the Nurburgring in Germany

Walker Takes Surprise First Win

Walker led home his Fortec Motorsport teammate Mike Conway after taking advantage of the typical first-corner shambles.

With several runners forced wide at the first right-hander, and a very slow start by Championship leader and pole-sitter Alvaro Parente, Walker was in just the right place to nip alongside Conway exiting the turn. He then held on round the outside of the following left-hander and controlled the rest of the race.

Conway was unable to exert much pressure on his teammate, and had more concerns from Parente behind him. Although Parente did get alongside him once but couldn't make the move stick.

This trio was clear of Danilo Dirani's Lola for most of the race, but the Brazilian did close on them towards the flag.

Marko Asmer ran out of brakes at the first corner and had to make do with recovering to sixth behind Hitech Racing teammate Tim Bridgman.

Parente could still seal the Championship later today after Charlie Kimball could only manage seventh place. Further down the field, Mexican Salvador Duran won the National Class category.

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver               Make-Engine                   Time
 1.  James Walker         Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      26:29.503
 2.  Mike Conway          Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      +   1.613
 3.  Alvaro Parente       Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +   2.340
 4.  Danilo Dirani        Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda       +   2.755
 5.  Tim Bridgman         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  15.270
 6.  Marko Asmer          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  15.581
 7.  Charlie Kimball      Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  16.975
 8.  Christian Bakkerud   Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  18.923
 9.  Dan Clarke           Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  19.209
10.  Steven Kane          Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda       +  25.752
11.  Stephen Jelley       Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      +  34.222
12.  Salvador Duran       Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +  35.953
13.  Michael Herck        Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      +  39.474
14.  Ryan Lewis           Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  43.799
15.  Karl Reindler        Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  45.050
16.  Jonathan Kennard     Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +  45.238
17.  Charlie Hollings     Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen-Honda  +  45.607
18.  Juho Annala          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +  46.331
19.  Barton Mawer         Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      +  46.599
20.  Ronayne O'Mahony     Dallara F305 Opel Spiess      +  48.601
21.  Josh Fisher          Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +  52.933
22.  Cheong Lou Meng      Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +1:10.089
23.  Nick Jones           Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda      +  3 Laps

NOT CLASSIFIED:

     Driver               Make-Engine                 On Lap
     Keiko Ihara          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda     11
     Bruno Senna          Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda      7
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