- 15-year old karting graduate joins British F4 with JHR Developments with focus on learning ahead of title challenge in 2020.
- Bedford-based racer set to make debut at Oulton Park and contest remainder of 2019 campaign minus Knockhill.
- Walker set to take next steps with backing from Pipercross Air Filters.
British karting graduate Alex Walker will join the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost from Oulton Park after agreeing a deal to join front-running outfit JHR Developments.
Walker, who will contest the remainder of the 2019 campaign minus Knockhill with a view to learning ahead of a full title assault in 2020, joins with the backing of title sponsor Pipercross Air Filters.
His CV includes an extensive background in karting at domestic and international level, competing primarily in the UK Super1 and LGM championships alongside European and World Karting Championship appearances.
He was also a finalist in the 2018 Ginetta Junior scholarship.
“Once I drove a race car, I knew I wanted to move up immediately,” explained Walker.
“Steven and Jules at JHR, who had run me over the winter in testing and on their simulator, have been brilliant and encouraged me to go straight into British F4.
“Given I have done very little testing due to exams in the F4 car, I have realistic aspirations for 2019 of learning as much as I can, before looking for a title shot in 2020.
The Mygale M14-F4 drives much more like a kart does, so I think the step up will be easier than other formulas. Likewise, I know some of the other drivers from my time in karting, so I hope to be able to show strongly towards the end of the season.
“Given F4 is a global formula with a long history in the UK, then following this well-trodden path feels the best first steps into car racing.
“Whilst I have ambitions beyond F4 in my journey into professional racing, I believe what you can learn in F4 is imperative to the skills that will be needed later in my racing career.
Many thanks to my partners, Pipercross Air filters and JHR Developments, who have shown belief in me to help me start this journey.”
JHR’s Team Principal, Steven Hunter, also underlined his delight at having Walker join the team’s expanded three-car line-up, and says the focus is firmly on gaining experience for 2020.
“It is going to be great having Alex join us from Oulton Park onwards,” said Hunter.
“The purpose of these drives is to get as much knowledge into him as possible for the 2020 season. We’ve done a couple of tests with Alex and ideally he would have liked to have done more racing this year, but he has literally just finished his exams so there’s been no chance to get him on circuit.
“There won’t be any pressure on him whatsoever for the five rounds that he will be competing in; he’s just going to go out, enjoy the experience, learn as much as he can, and be ready for a full season next year.”
In joining the F4 British Championship, Walker will now benefit from the category’s unique position as the sole single-seater support series on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.
That in itself guarantees capacity trackside audiences, live and free-to-air television coverage through ITV4 and the opportunity to win up to 12 all-important FIA Super License points to begin his journey through the motorsport ranks.
The championship battle resumes at Oulton Park, Cheshire, over the weekend of 29th-30th June.