Difficult weekend for Nash at Scenic Croft EACS backed James Nash endured a difficult weekend at the latest round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at a very sunny and scenic Croft circuit. The BTCC's annual trip to the exciting...
Difficult weekend for Nash at Scenic Croft
EACS backed James Nash endured a difficult weekend at the latest round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at a very sunny and scenic Croft circuit. The BTCC's annual trip to the exciting and tricky Teeside circuit promised much following James podium finish at Oulton Park last time out, but a combination of struggling to find the best set up for the car and getting tangled up in other peoples incidents turned it into what can best be described as a "character building" weekend.
A very close qualifying session left James in a creditable 8th place, with a look at the times confirming that being only 2/10ths of a second quicker would have put James into third! Race one turned out to be the best of the bunch, James making a great start and then moving over to cover the precious inside line needed at Crofts tricky first corner. After that it was a case of getting his head down, turning in consistent quick times, struggling with early pace in the race, the car came good later in the race James picking off a couple of places to finish 6th.
Again in race two James made a good start, running with leading bunch, gaining 5th place and ready to move forwards. This turned out to be his undoing as a tangle in front left Rob Collard spinning across the track right in front of James, the resulting avoiding action dropping James 5 places and into a squabbling clutch of cars. A few places gained and lost in the fighting left James down in 11th place starting lap 13, towards the end of the lap James pulled of a perfectly judged and clean overtake on young series debutant Daniel Lloyd, Daniel immediately tried to take the place back into the next corner, the tricky hairpin back on to the start finish straight, misjudging the move Lloyd ran wide, taking James with him onto the grass, coming back onto the track James was collected by MacDowell in the Chevrolet, damaging the front suspension and steering on James car, leaving him to limp home in 13th place.
The third race was always going to be a struggle to get any significant result from, a solid points finish being the aim. Again James made a good start but approaching the first corner Matt Neal ran wide into the escape road, James having no choice but to follow, dropping him right down to 18th. A succession of quick laps brought James back up to 11th by the end, satisfying, but nothing like the results that were possible from the weekend.
James commented "Although it was a struggle to try and get the best from the car and chase the set-up all weekend, we were capable of at least a podium finish in one of the races, but I suppose that is motor racing, particularly in BTCC, sometimes the rough and tumble works for you, and sometimes works against you. We now have a long break through to August before we go to Snetterton, which I'm really looking forward to"
-source: james nash