April 12th, 2018.

Harry Walker’s strong start to the 2018 season continued in France last Sunday when he clinched an impressive podium finish in round two of the European Championship.

His third place overall at the fast and hilly track of Castelnau de Levis also shot the British teenager up the championship standings to sixth place overall.

Zip Yamaha mounted Walker finished the first 30-minute race in fifth place after recovering from a mid-race collision with fellow Brit, Oli Sansom. However, in race two he was forced to come through the field after a poor start left him at the rear of the field to finish a fine third at the flag.

Sansom’s European Championship debut was a baptism of fire after he hurt his wrist in practice after coming up short on a triple. He then broke his Yamaha’s frame and hurt his ankle on another big jump in qualifying.

The pain and a broken sub-frame on his spare machine in race one eventually forced him out of the meeting altogether.

Overall victory went to former champion Jeremy Warnia, who had dominated qualifying but was pipped to victory on a slippery track in race one by the reigning champion, Kevin Saar. In race two, a rear carrier problem on Saar’s Honda ruled out the young Estonian, handing Warnia an easy win and the overall win by seven points from Norway’s Christopher Tveraen (4-2).

Overall. 1 Jeremy Warnia, France (Yamaha) 47 points, 2 Christopher Tveraen, Norway (Yamaha) 40, 3 Harry Walker, GB (Yamaha) 36, 4 Anthony Sousa Borges, France (Yamaha) 33, 5 Kevin Saar, Estonia (Honda) 33, 6 Ricardo Phoelich, Holland (W-Tec) 30.

Race one. 1 Saar, 2 Warnia, 3 Roman Gwiazda, Poland (Yamaha), 4 Tveraen, 5 Walker, 6 Sousa Borges.

Race two. 1 Warnia, 2 Tveraen, 3 Walker, 4 Sousa Borges, 5 Sousa Borges, 6 Lylian Leger, France (Yamaha).

Championship: Tveraen 65, Gwiazda 55, Saar 53, Phoelich 53, van Grinsven 50, Walker 49.

Next round: Chernivtsi, Ukraine, May 5.

Caption: Walker (right) celebrates his third overall on the podium in France