Bamboo Racing’s James Nash travelled to North West Argentina earlier this week for the latest rounds of the World Touring Car Championship
The races on the Autódromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit will be the first the WTCC will have raced at the venue and it is one of only two on this year’s schedule that Nash hasn’t got previous experience of, the other being the Porto Street circuit in Portugal where the series held its most recent rounds five weeks ago.
At Porto, the Milton Keynes-based driver claimed an Independent’s podium in the opening race and later in the second race a stunning overall and Independent win from pole position in which he led all the way in his Chevrolet Cruze. The win was Nash’s second of the season and the results left him third in the overall World Championship points standing and second in the Independent’s award.
Nevertheless, despite being within touching of both crowns Nash insists that he remains fully focused on taking things race-by-race only and will not be sidetracked by any title considerations.
“Michel and I have vied for the Independent lead all season. I led the way until two rounds ago in Slovakia but Michel had an exceptionally good meeting there and he slipped past me. My teammate Alex McDowall in third can’t be discounted either. Even though he’s 30 points behind me two or three wins for him could change things considerably.”
“While it appears to be a long shot to dislodge Yvan I’ll still be trying to of course and elsewhere everything is too close to call. As far as I am concerned the battles for the WTCC titles are just warming up! There might actually be only five meetings to go but the way I see it, there are ten races still to be run. They all carry equal points and if I am to do well ultimately every one of those races will likely need to count. It’ll be important to stay focused and finish them all as high up as I can.”
“That doesn’t mean that I’ll think twice before making a passing attempt or be a soft touch for those behind me. I won’t. The position I’m in is great, but I’ve got there by taking each race as it comes and driving each to the best of my ability. I don’t see any reason to change that strategy now even if we are approaching the business end of the season.”
“Racing in Argentina will be a new experience for me, though with the WTCC visiting the Autódromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for the first time my lack of track knowledge will be the same for everyone. The Cruze’s, mine included will though be carrying maximum compensation weight again while the BMW’s, Seat’s and Honda’s in particular will be running with 40 kilos less which will make things ‘interesting’.”
A test session will be held on Friday for drivers and teams to learn the circuit with Practice and Qualifying sessions on Saturday and then two races on Sunday. Eurosport and www.eurosportplayer.co.uk will be broadcasting coverage of both Qualifying (shown ‘as live’ on Saturday 2300 UK) and racing on Sunday, with the race one programme scheduled for 1800 UK.
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