CHRIS Walker admitted to a frustrating afternoon after two top-ten places at MCE Insurance British Superbike round nine at Donington Park.
Although it was an improvement on his performance at Cadwell Park last month, Walker admits more work needs to be done in the pit lane.
Walker sits tenth in the overall standings, led by Tommy Hill, and insists the final three rounds of the season in Holland, Silverstone and Brands Hatch are about consolidation.
“There was something wrong with our set-up which we couldn’t quite work out, so that was frustrating,” said Walker.
“From the first lap we did at Donington we struggled – we chipped away and made progress from 22nd in qualifying to being in the top ten on race day, so it’s encouraging we can have a turn around like that.
“I’m still enjoying the racing and we’re still pushing to get results and want to finish in the top ten overall.”
With that Walker’s chances of making the top-six Showdown, which eventually decides the overall winner of the British Superbike title, are over.
But he admits the possibility was only ever slim at Donington Park.
“There was an outside chance, realistically you could argue it was never going to happen but it was mathematically possible and in motor racing you learn never to write anything off until it’s impossible,” he added.
“At the beginning of the year our aim was to make the Showdown and I would have been disappointed if you’d told me at the start of the year we weren’t going to make it.
“But reality kicked in a little bit earlier this season when I broke both my heels at Knockhill, since then we’ve been on the back foot a little bit and it hasn’t helped us at all.”
However, the 40-year old veteran remains determined a strong end to the season would set a marker for 2013.
And he’s got no intention of hanging up the leathers yet.
“There’s time yet for us to have a few more results – I’m confident we can mix it with the front-runners for the remainder of the season and get a couple of strong finishes under our belt,” he added.
“We have to just move on from race weekends like this one because they can happen and you just have to roll with the punches.
“If I can finish the year strongly then hopefully I’ll be back next year as well – I’m already the oldest on the grid so I wouldn’t mind being the oldest swinger in town next season as well.”
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