EuroFormula Open: Walkinshaw Aiming To Maintain Points Momentum In Jerez

erez in Spain will be the destination for single-seater racer Sean Walkinshaw this coming weekend, 21st/22nd June, where he aims to build on the impressive front-running performance he delivered in southern Portugal just over a week ago in the EuroFormula Open.During the second event of the 2014 season in Portimao, the British driver chalked-up his first points of the year with a hard-earned seventh place finish in round three and just missed out on adding to his tally in round four following a highly competitive drive through the order into the top 12.Putting the difficulties of the championship’s opening weekend at the Nurburgring firmly behind him, the Chipping Norton-based driver produced superb pace in Portugal and showed clear podium potential at the wheel of his Dallara F312.“Portimao was a good step forward, the pace was a big improvement on the first weekend of the season and if qualifying had been better we would have been on for a couple of top sixes”, said the 20-year-old, “I’m really looking forward to Jerez, it’s a great track and if everything goes well during practice I really think we could be on for the best weekend of the season yet.”Heading into rounds five and six of the campaign at the 4.4-kilometre Spanish track, the Campos Racing driver is 12th overall in the EuroFormula Open standings and 10th in the linked Spanish F3 Championship, the latter being contested over three events, Jerez being the second of those.In his maiden season in the category last year, then known as the European Formula 3 Open, Sean scored his maiden championship points at Jerez – when competing in the ‘Copa Class’ for previous generation cars – with a fantastic debut podium.While determined to climb the rostrum sooner rather than later this year in the headline class, Sean would be more than satisfied with two strong points results at the weekend in southern Spain and is rightly confident of achieving that aim.“With the steps forward we’ve made on the set-up, and the progress I’ve been making with my driving too, I’m feeling very positive”, he commented, “I’m really enjoying working with the Campos guys, we’ve all gelled really well, and Jerez holds good memories from the Copa podium last year. I’d love to fight for my first 2014 podium this weekend, but a good haul of points is the main aim.”Following free practice on Friday, 20th June, qualifying for round five will get underway at 09.50 (local time) on Saturday, 21st June, with the race starting at 15.00 (local time). On Sunday, 22nd June, round six qualifying will begin at 09.30 (local time) with the race following at 12.00 (local time). Both Jerez encounters are set to be screened live in the UK on Motors TV.Along with his commitments in EuroFormula a few days from now, the Oxfordshire racer – who owns BRDC Formula 4 Championship team SWR – will be keeping in close contact with the squad as it too will be in action for the third race meeting of the F4 season at Snetterton in the UK.Provisional 2014 EuroFormula Open Standings (after Rd4):12th Sean Walkinshaw, 6ptsProvisional 2014 Spanish F3 Championship Standings (after Rd2):10th Sean Walkinshaw, 6pts