Walker to make Daytona 24 debut

Formula Renault 3.5 title protagonist James Walker will make his GT racing debut at the wheel of a JLowe Racing run Porsche in next month's Rolex Daytona 24 Hours

Walker to make Daytona 24 debut

The race will also mark the first occasion that the Jersey driver has been paired with his manager, GT stalwart and Porsche specialist, Tim Sugden.

Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet, Jim Pace and team owner Jim Lowe complete the driving strength.

"I'm really looking forward to racing in America for the first time," said Walker. "It's even better that my first ever 24-hour race is going to be at Daytona, racing with people like ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya and current NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson. It was a chance that I just couldn't turn down.

"I'll have to make the most of the [three-day, "Roar before the 24"] test [in early January] to make sure that I've got to grips with a car that's totally different to what I'm used to. I can't wait!"

Walker intends to return to Europe following the race, which takes place over January 30th-31st, to concentrate on his preparations for the forthcoming season.

"We had been talking to some of the new Formula 1 teams about combining a third-driver role with a GP2 race programme, but it proved a little out of our reach. The plans for next year are progressing well though, and we have recently completed a sponsorship deal with Vodafone Jersey."

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