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MOTORSPORT: Walkinshaw pleased with progress
11:20am Saturday 14th April 2012 in Sport
Chipping Norton racing driver Sean Walkinshaw rounded off the first weekend of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship season at Snetterton 200 Circuit, with a hat-trick of points finishes.
In a rain-hit weekend, he managed to avoid any major incidents and conclude the season-opening event tied for 16th place in the championship standings.
His highlight performance was undoubtedly in Sunday morning’s dry second round. A terrific drive through the order into the upper midfield from 23rd on the grid, saw him finish in 13th place.
The previous day, the 18-year-old made steady progress from 22nd to take 17th position.
In the third round, Walkinshaw had to battle through a huge amount of surface water before finishing in 20th place.
He now has a six-week break from competition, with the next event of the championship, rounds four and five, set to take place on May 19-20 at Rockingham.
“I was pleased with my dry performance,” said Walkinshaw.
“There was quite a bit of overtaking and my pace was quite good. In the Friday practice sessions we set some good times so it was a shame the qualifying and racing was mainly in the wet.
“I think I did make huge steps forward in the wet, but I know I’ve still got a long way to go.
“It could have been a better first weekend of the season but it could have been a lot worse too.”
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