Strong GT4 America season continues for Chris Walsh at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana
Step One Motorsports Ambassador, Chris Walsh stepped into another GT4 America race weekend just 20 minutes from New Orleans, Louisiana. NOLA Motorsports Park, an FIA Grade 2 road course opened in 2011 and has hosted a variety of racing series since. Walsh took to the track for the first time off the back of a pair of sixth-place finishes at the season-opener in Sonoma. The asphalt course boasts 16 turns for 2.76 miles (4.44 kilometers). Upon the start of the 60-minute race, drivers sped down the 5,800-foot (1,767-meter) straightaway before continuing around the circuit’s twists and turns.
On Saturday, Walsh qualified P8 in the Silver Class ahead of a scheduled first race of the weekend. However, a torrential downpour meant conditions were not conducive for the evening’s race, and it was determined that just one race would be held the following day. Unfortunately, for the first half of the race when Walsh was behind the wheel of his number 96 car, on-track action was interrupted by several back-to-back full course cautions before the pit window opened and most of the grid took the opportunity to make a driver change and pit stop. However, despite the stopping and going during his stint, Walsh avoided becoming caught up in incidents and remained calm and consistent, gaining experience behind the wheel of his Porsche GT4 car lap after lap. His co-driver, Dominic Starkweather, would take the second and final stint of the race. Upon the wave of the checkered flag, the Valkyrie Velocity car crossed the line P8 in the Silver Class, but upon the application of post-race penalties elsewhere in the field, Walsh was promoted to P6.
Walsh and GT4 America will move onward to central Texas to compete at Circuit of the Americas from 19-21 May 2023, but prior to that will be competing in the Legacy International Racing Baja Nevada event from 12-13 May 2023.