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17th June 2018 – Walker powers to career best result at european championship round in estonia
Teenager Harry Walker heads to the final round of the European Championship next month still with a chance
of clinching the prestigious FIM-sanctioned title in his debut season following a career best performance at
the penultimate round in Estonia last Sunday.
The ZIP Yamaha rider secured a fantastic second place overall in front a massive crowd at Kivioli thanks to a
fourth in the first 30-minute moto, followed by a gutsy and hard fought second place in the final outing.
He now heads to the final round at Stelpe in Latvia on July 29th just 24 points behind the series leader,
Christopher Tveraen of Norway, and 17 behind the reigning European Champion, Kevin Saar of Estonia. A
total of 50 points are up for grabs at the final round.
Walker arrived in Estonia needing to take points out of both men to stay in the title hunt, but with Saar racing
in front of his home fans he started the weekend as favourite. However it was Tveraen who dominated
proceedings winning the qualifying race and both motos in some style. Saar though was under pressure from
Walker from the very beginning!
In Saturday’s qualifying race Tveraen led from gate to flag, from hot local Wildcard, Martin Adamson (who will
be familiar to many after he finished second on the ACU British 250 Championship in 2014) in second, with
Walker third. Saar though hit mechanical problems and was eventually excluded by officials after receiving
outside assistance to get him back on track.
In Sunday’s opening moto Tveraen was again untouchable around what he acknowledges is his favourite
track of the year. He hit the front in short order and stretched out a 26 second winning margin over Saar and
Adamson in third, with Walker a little dejected in fourth after he struggled to get past Czech rider, Zdenek
Polacek, in the early laps.
However, Walker really showed his mettle in race two, when he was tagged off the start leaving him ninth at
the end of lap one and needing a charge through the field. He duly obliged, getting up to third by lap three
then battled with Adamson, before moving ahead at half distance and pulling out a 12 second gap on his rival.
It was a crucial pass as Walker and Adamson ended the day tied on 40 points but Walker’s better placing in
race two secured him his finish in second overall – a very satisfying result before a 1500 mile drive home!
OVERALL: 1 Christopher Tveraen (Yamaha) Norway 50 points, 2 Harry Walker (Yamaha) 40, 3 Martin Adamson
(Husqvarna) Estonia 40, 4 Kevin Saar (Honda) Estonia 35, 5 Martin Filatov (Honda) Estonia 33, 6 Lars Holmen
(Yamaha) Norway 30.
FIRST RACE: 1 Tveraen, 2 Saar, 3 Adamson, 4 Walker, 5 Sten Jupaschevski (Honda) Estonia, 6 Filatov.
SECOND RACE: 1 Tveraen, 2 Walker, 3 Adamson, 4 Filatov, 5 Holmen, 6 Zdenek Polacek (Husqvarna) Czech.
POINTS (after 5 rounds of 6): Tveraen 195, Saar 188, Walker 171, Phoelich 135, Vandendijck 115, Gwiazda 103
21st May 2018 – Walker heads back to Euro action
Teenager Harry Walker returns to European Championship action this weekend when the six-round series begins its second half in the south of Poland.
The 19-year-old Zip Yamaha rider goes to Cieszyn, near Katowice, in third place in the series just 20 points behind the leader, Christopher Tveraen from Norway.
Walker heads there fresh from a tough workout at NORA’s meeting at Milton Malsor last Sunday, where he finished third overall (3-4-2) and also set the fastest lap of the meeting in the opening Pro/Am race. Former British Champion Mark McLernon took overall victory with a fine three race maximum.
In Poland Walker’s biggest challenge will come from Tveraen and reigning European Champion, Kevin Saar from Estonia. However the locals will be behind their own Roman Gwiazda, who won the qualifying race at the previous European round in the Ukraine but who hit problems in the point scoring races.
The promoters are also making a big play of Polish rally star Rafal Sonik being present. However, its unclear if the grizzly 51-year-old and winner of the quad class in the 2015 Dakar Rally, will be on racing or waving to the crowd duty!
Current Points: Tveraen (Norway) 109, Saar (Estonia) 103, Walker (GB) 89, Phoelich (Holland) 85, Vandendijck (Belgium) 64, Gwiazda (Poland) 61.