Milton Keynes, England based James Nash scored an Independent podium finish in each of the two World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) races on Sunday 8th September at Sonoma Raceway in California, USA.
Unfortunately too for Nash, not only did he have to contend the stifling heat, he had to do so while fighting illness, having contracted a viral infection on the eve of the meeting that had left him feeling feverish and decidedly second-hand.
Ultimately though, on a day when his main rival for the World Championship’s Independent award Michel Nykjaer failed to shine, Nash’s brace of results were good enough to elevate him to joint top of the Independent's table with erstwhile leader Nykjaer and fourth place in the overall WTCC standings with just three race meetings to go this season.
James Nash: “ I’m delighted with the two results and particularly now being right back on terms with Nykjaer at the top of the independent standings.”
“ Both Nykjaer and me have had a tough race meeting for different reasons and to be honest I’m glad it’s over. I haven’t felt too good this weekend but I was determined to bag some big points. It was like running on empty at times but fortunately the old adrenaline reserves kicked-in just when I needed them to and I hung on. To finish up with two podiums is very pleasing.”
“ On another day I know we could have done even better. Race one wasn’t too bad but unfortunately in trying to find that bit extra, we went the wrong way on settings for race two. Though I got up to fourth place overall early on I was easy pray for most of the race so to come home with eighth and third Independent at the flag was a relief.”
“ I’ve enjoyed my time again at Sonoma. It is of course an awesome circuit. A highlight was the Media lunch I did in Sacramento last week where everybody was so welcoming. Both me personally and the WTCC have made lots of new friends this past week and it has been great fun. Thank you Sonoma Raceway!”
The next rounds of the 2013 WTCC are on Japan’s famous Suzuka circuit in two week’s time, 22nd September.