World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) racer James Nash could only manage a best of 17th in the second of Sunday’s two WTCC races on the Sonoma Raceway, near San Francisco in California after a clogged air filter and an overheating engine hampered his efforts.
Nevertheless, Sunday’s opening race looked good for Nash early-on as he made his way through the field from 13th on the grid to 8th place in the opening laps. Unfortunately however, due to the dusty nature of the track, dirt and debris found their way into his car’s engine bay and the protective filter became clogged. The inevitable result was that the engine temperature rose and Nash was forced to conceded defeat and retire with just four laps of the race to go to prevent serious damage being done.
While the filter was changed and the engine cooled for the second race, just twenty minutes after the first, it was soon apparent that the earlier overheating had caused some loss of power. Consequently, he could do no better than finish 17th from a back of the grid start.
James Nash: ““To be honest I’m feeling pretty low after that. The team had tested some development parts recently and I came to the US with high hopes of recording top ten finishes to demonstrate the progress we thought we had made since Brazil.”
Source: James Nash