JAMES NASH READY TO CHALLENGE FOR SILVERSTONE HONOURS
This weekend's HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship round at Silverstone on the 29th and 30th August will see the return of RML driver, James Nash, at what many in the paddock believe will be one of the strongest circuits yet for the Chevrolet-Lacetti.
Having missed the previous rounds at Knockhill, James is keen to return to his race-winning ways and with the fast straights of Silverstone's National circuit sure to showcase the awesome speed of the RML-powered Lacetti, the 23-year old from Buckinghamshire will be looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd.
"Silverstone always provides some exciting, close wheel racing so I am really looking forward to returning to my home track. I missed being here last year as this circuit wasn't featured on the SEAT Leon Eurocup's calendar, so it's great to be back and is always enjoyable to race in front of your home crowd. With their support, I aim to be racing my way to the podium," enthuses, James.
"The Chevrolet looked pretty handy at Knockhill, and that was a tight and twisty track - characteristics that don't necessarily appeal to the Lacetti. The National circuit at Silverstone is wide and benefits from two fast straights, which is where the Lacetti really excels and then it's through the complex and into Luffield corner. The car handles well under braking so this will also be key to success at the weekend. I've no doubt this could be the best circuit yet for the Lacetti.
After just three rounds, I am of course still familiarising myself with the car and set up, but I know this track well and have enjoyed some great results in my single-seater days. That's an advantage and provided I can get some clear runs, I hope to be qualifying in the top six."
Thinking ahead to the racing, James adds, "As a competitive racing driver, inevitably I want to win. Depending on where I qualify, the plan is simply to make a good clean start and use those straights to my advantage. A lot can happen over the course of a race and as per the old adage, to win you first have to finish, so it's essential to stay out of trouble and put in the quick laps. Turkington, Giovanardi and Plato are squabbling for a championship, but for me, it's about getting out there and being competitive from the get go. I'm progressing with every round and as always, I will be giving it my all."