British F4 racer Alex Walker has announced that he will be contesting this year’s Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship, entering with Phil Wills’ PWR1 Racing outfit and set to race in the entire season along with the end-of-year AIMSHOP.COM BRSCC Formula Ford Festival.

Alex was a regular racer in last year’s British F4 season, competing with JHR Developments and claiming eight Rookie Class podium finishes on his way to 14th place in the final championship points standings. Having also performed successfully in karting throughout the UK and Europe prior to his move into cars, Alex is turning to Formula Ford in a bid to continue his racing career and progress towards the higher formulas.

“We were looking to continue with JHR for 2020”, said Alex when talking about his amended plans, “but I was reticent to do it unless we had a full budget for plenty of new tyres and additional testing. In 2019, I only drove the (Mygale) F4 a couple of times before my debut weekend and this made me realise how many more miles I would need to lift the title.

Luckily, Phil Wills is an old friend of my dad and came to watch me last year and suggested I try a Formula Ford at the start of March to see if I liked it. Formula Ford would mean I would get more seat time to learn my craft and race most weekends. Luckily, the car was great to drive and we made plans for the rest of 2020 to run with him.”

Following his intentions to racing in the National series, Walker has also stated that a number of his friends and fellow drivers from karting have expressed their keenness in competing in Formula Ford with some reportedly having bought cars in preparation to join him this season.

Phil Wills added “Alex was trying to race in F4 again when his Dad and I had a chat about the budgets required. Given they were struggling to do much testing outside the official days, I suggested Alex to try a Formula Ford car to see how he would get on with it. You can see his background is in top line karting as he took to the car immediately. He is one of the brightest kids I have seen in any car for a long while and hopefully he should do well.”

Alex will make his Formula Ford racing debut at an event at Snetterton in July before he lines up for his first National Formula Ford event at Oulton Park on July 18th, before heading to Anglesey in August and Brands Hatch in September, a month before the Formula Ford Festival in October.

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