James Walker is a 31 year-old British racing driver, currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, one of the world’s top sportscar racing series. James also works to help young drivers make their way up through the racing ranks via his management company, Ignition Sport, as well as doing TV commentary work for various championships and is the test and development driver at Wirth Research.
James’ racing career began in 2002 and just a year later he won the Scholarship Class of the British Formula Ford Championship. He went on to win his first F3 race at the Nürburgring in September 2005 and took his first World Series victory at Donington in 2007.
James is one of the UK’s most promising racing drivers and one of its most naturally talented. When he first met his manager, Tim Sugden, not only had he never raced – unlike almost every other professional racing driver, he hadn’t served the traditional apprenticeship in karting, and he couldn’t even drive a road car. Now, just a few years later, he’s a winner.
In 2003, only his second season of racing, he won more than half of the year’s races in the UK Formula Ford Championship Scholarship class to dominate the series and become champion. He also showed the pace and maturity to race wheel-to-wheel with the senior class runners in a year-old car, appearing on the overall podium on three occasions and setting an outright lap record at Mondello Park.
As a result of his 2003 achievements James was selected by the British Racing Drivers’ Club for its prestigious Rising Stars programme, which recognises outstanding young talent, and was nominated for the 2003 National Racing Driver of the Year title at the Autosport Awards.
After securing some top results in the British F3 International Series, James moved up to the World Series by Renault for 2007 and took his first win in front of a home crowd at Donington Park. He continued in the series in 2008 and even took time out to race in a few Superleague Formula races, winning at Jerez for the Borussia Dortmund team; an impressive win when you consider that was James’ first trip to Jerez. 2009 produced James’ most competitive season yet when his performance in the World Series by Renault saw him fighting for the title and taking some top results before moving over to Superleague Formula where he raced the 750bhp Liverpool FC car during 2010.
In 2011, after having a taster of sportscar racing at the Daytona 24 Hours, James decided to take a new direction and hit the sportscar racing scene. This form of racing is big news now, with many top drivers getting in on the action.
James was born and raised in Jersey but moved to Oxford as a teenager to pursue his racing career. As a professional racing driver he keeps extremely fit, and when he’s not racing or in the gym he works with young drivers as a management consultant. In 2012 James and his family relocated to Jersey.
2015 will see James’ racing spread to 2 wheels as he joins the Big Maggy’s Race Team. He will compete locally in JCA road racing events.