Bedford School student tops Formula Ford National Championship tables after Donington Park win Bedford News

Alex Walker, 17, had his second National Formula BRSCC win of the season in Formula 1600 this weekend

Alex Walker, a Bedford School student, claimed his second victory of the season in the BRSCC National Formula 1600 at Donington Park on Sunday.

Walker, 17, started his motorsport career in karting, showing promise and progressing to racing in the FIA ​​F4 Championship after winning a scholarship.

Sunday’s victory is Walker’s fourth Formula Ford win in the last four competitions, placing him atop the Formula Ford National Championship ahead of BM Racing’s Rory Smith and American driver Max Esterson in his first full season in car race.

Sunday’s victory is the Walkers’ fourth victory in the Formula Ford class in the last four competitions. (PIC: Bourne Photography)

Reflecting on the race, Walker said: “Claiming my second national victory in my first full season is mind blowing, I can’t believe it!

“My other competitors hold more than 20 national and international titles between them, with drivers coming from all over the world to compete.

“It was a really exciting race and I had to fight hard to get past seven other drivers to get the victory.

“My next race is Silverstone and it’s always exciting to be at the British home of motorsport, I will do everything to repeat my performance last weekend at Donington.

Walker now leads the Formula Ford National Championship. (PIC: Bourne Photography)

The race was certainly for spectators only, although numbers were limited due to Covid restrictions.

Walker climbed through the field after a reverse grid start, before passing former leaders Rory Smith and Swift Cooper’s Luke Cooper – who finished second and third – to win by a relatively comfortable 1.8 seconds margin.

After finishing third in Saturday’s first race and winning the second round earlier on Sunday, Walker had pulled the number eight out of the hat for the reverse-grid race, with current champion Smith lining up two rows ahead.

A kart racing champion, he hopes to follow Formula Ford alumni Ayrton Senna, Jenson Button, Mark Webber and David Coulthard through the motorsport echelons, with the aim of becoming a professional driver of the Indy Car scene in the years to come.

Walker is sponsored by Cambria Wealth Management, based in Bedford.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-11 17:06:19