IT’S a case of as you were for Mansfield’s Chris Walker as his crash in the second race at Brands Hatch cancelled out his good work in the first in the battle for a place in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown.
The Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing rider is involved in a titanic battle for a top six place and looked set to improve his current standings when he finished sixth in race one – all the more so with rivals Noriyuki Haga and Ian Lowry both crashing out.
However the roles were reversed in race two when Walker was the man left watching on as Haga and Lowry earned back the points they had lost earlier in the day.
That leaves Walker 21 points adrift of the Japanese former World Superbike rider with two rounds to go.
Despite a frustrating end to the day for Walker, the 40-year-old insists he’s never happier than when he’s racing at the Kent circuit.
He said: “It’s fantastic racing at Brands Hatch, I couldn’t quite believe how many fans there were when I got to the grid. The weather is what we’ve needed all year, it’s great for watching motor racing and it’s good to see so many people showing their support.
“The atmosphere when I was on the grid was awesome. Brands is different to anywhere else because the crowd are so close to the racing and they are so vocal, I don’t know if that’s the way they are in the south or if there’s something to do with the alcohol – maybe it’s a mixture, who knows! But they’re a great bunch at Brands every time so I always love racing at this circuit.
“It’s my favourite race of the year without a doubt and that’s why, the fans really make it a special occasion.”
The veteran will now turn his attention to the next round at Cadwell Park at the end of August before finishing his battle to be in the Showdown at Donington Park a fortnight later.
And he insists that he is feeling confident of cracking the top six to reach the Showdown for the first time since its introduction two years ago.
He added: “I think everything is in place for a strong finish at the end of the season. “We keep showing we’re competitive and we’re always waiting in the wings if lady luck decides to smile at us, and you never know what can happen in racing so we could have a lot to look forward to this season.”
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