Triple Eight Race Engineering press release
Rising star James Nash is a British Touring Car Championship race winner! Capping a terrific day at Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby, Nash took his Triple Eight Race Engineering with Collins Contractors turbo Vauxhall to a well-deserved victory in the day’s third race, the 24th race of 30 in the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
Point scoring results in both of the earlier races means that both the team and Nash now lead the Independent standings with just two more meetings to go of this season’s series.
In the overall standings Nash still retains an outside chance of the title and is just one point behind fourth placed Mat Jackson. Meanwhile Triple Eight have now overtaken Jackson’s Airwaves Racing outfit for third place in the overall team’s award.
James Nash: “ About time. We’ve got close a few times so now to win is really good. It’s also nice to keep up Triple Eight’s amazing record of scoring a win in every season bar their first. The third race was quite tough. I got off the line well and I had to get in front quickly and build a gap because I knew Rob Austin in the rear wheel drive Audi would come back at me towards the end. I also had a vibration to contend with for the last 6 or 7 laps. It was a tyre wall and I was thinking that the tyre might blow at any second. Thankfully though it lasted the race but it was definitely on its last legs at the end.”
“I’d like to thank my parents and family. They’ve always supported and believed in me. The team too for their hard work and endeavour and also to my management team Drive.
Ian Harrison, Chairman Triple Eight: “I’m really pleased that James has finally scored his first win for us. We’ve had some big winners here before and James has now joined them. Save 1997, we’ve won a race every season so to get this win is pretty good too.”
“The day started to come good for us in the second race. James drove really well all day though and I thought that in the third race he and Rob Austin showed the others how good close touring car racing should be done. There was barely anything between them at times but they didn’t touch once.”