Croft circuit is next on Fergus Walkinshaw's agenda as he looks to take vital championship points to make his way back up the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup table. Walkinshaw returned to his championship campaign last time out at Oulton Park and took eighth place in both races – points which could prove invaluable come the end of the year.
The weekend, however, did not run without problems for the Century Motorsport driver. His chances of a higher finish were scuppered in the first race when a faulty oil pressure sensor caused his car to lose power and drop Walkinshaw from a solid seventh place. His second race was then ruined by a drive-through penalty given after the driver misaligned his car on the grid. Without the penalty, Walkinshaw was set for a top-six finish.
However, it is Walkinshaw's perseverance and consistency that have impressed many. He has picked up eight top eight finishes this year, including his first Ginetta GT podium at Brands Hatch. He has been classified in the top six four times so far. However, he is keen to put OultonPark's challenges firmly behind him and he looks ahead to the next round of the championship this weekend: “I'm really looking forward to racing my self-built Ginetta G55 at Croft for the first time. I've enjoyed racing there in the past, but I haven't raced here for three years and it will be good to get to grips with the 2012 car in practice on Friday.”
“I was really relieved to get two points-scoring results at Oulton Park, but once again things could have gone more smoothly.” It's fair to say that luck hasn't been on Walkinshaw's side this season, but he hopes that can change: “We'll be doing all we can to ensure we get a trouble-free run at Croft.”
“The championship table is close in the mid top ten, so I just need to get back to finishing in the top five and then I can climb back up the table. At Croft it will be important to get a clean first lap.” A good start will be key – with a short first race of just ten laps, being quick off of the grid will be key. That doesn't appear to phase Walkinshaw, however: “The car felt much better last time out with the new differential and I've got a feeling that the new set-up will really suit the car and my driving style at Croft.”