Ollerton’s MCE British Superbike Championship rider Chris Walker travels to Oulton Park this weekend in a strong tenth position in the series after the last two rounds at Donington Park and Brands Hatch.
The Superbike hero nicknamed “Stalker Walker” left Donington Park in tenth place hoping to keep or even better his position at Brands Hatch just under two weeks ago.
He has always done well at Brands Hatch and last April saw him take a podium second place at the circuit and all his other races at Brands during the season ended with top ten finishes. Walker’s progress during the weekend was good, making bike set up changes in every session until he found the right set up for race one.
In qualifying he set a quick time and around the same time as he set during racing at the circuit last year, despite that he ended up on the grid for race one in 17th position.
One of Chris’s best starts in race one saw the safety car deployed after an accident and was on track for four laps, once the race re-started Walker was on 12 position and got his head down in was in a four bike battle with two new faces into the Championship Billy McConnell and Luke Mossey. The safety car was once again sent out in the later stages in the race, causing the pack to bunch up and three extra laps added.
After some intense riding Walker finished race one in tenth position
In race two Walker started from 19th place on the grid of the 25 lap race and once the lights went out he got blocked on the opening lap gaining only one place. He managed to push his way through the pack into and was soon up to 15th place, this time he was locked in a battle with Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman, eventually finishing in 13th position.
Walker said: “It was frustrating getting the results I did when the pace was there in the races but it’s tough to come from a long way back on the grid.
“Both here at Brands and at Donington we’ve left ourselves too much to do from way back on the grid and did our fastest lap of the whole weekend on lap 20 of race two.
“A lap time that last year was good enough for a podium starting from the second row on the grid, this year put me back in 17th today for race one. The field is stronger than ever this year too but it’s coming, the team are working great and it’s only a matter of time now.”