Walkinshaw ends year in fourth spot

Sean Walkinshaw in action in the final race of the season

Sean Walkinshaw in action in the final race of the season

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Sean Walkinshaw ended the Blancpain Sprint Cup season fourth in the Silver Cup standings after the final meeting of the season.

The Nissan GT Academy Team RJN driver was in action at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain.

Everyone at the team has done an amazing job and worked really hard all year

Sean Walkinshaw

Along with team-mate Ricardo Sánchez, Walkinshaw secured top four class finishes in the one-hour qualification race and the subsequent 60-minute main race on Sunday to end the championship, 17 points outside the target top three.

The Chipping Norton driver said: “It’s been quite a tough season overall in the Sprint Cup. Everyone at the team has done an amazing job and worked really hard all year but we couldn’t quite get the top three finish in the Silver Cup we wanted.”

Sánchez took the first stint of the main race and from the 12th row of the grid he put together a strong opening lap and made his way into the outright top 20, still holding fourth position in class.

Shuffled back down to 24th place overall the Nissan racer moved up the order into seventh and the Silver Cup lead before pitting to hand over to Walkinshaw.

Nissan ran fourth in class and 28th in the outright classification and Walkinshaw worked hard to try and gain ground back.

Taking one place quickly, he climbed into 26th and with 15 minutes to run he had climbed into 25th place. Gaining two more positions before the conclusion, Walkinshaw ended the final race in 23rd place overall and fourth in the Silver Cup.