James Nash heads to Valencia in Spain this coming weekend for the second of 12 events in this year’s World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The reigning British series Independent Driver champion will be in a good frame of mind knowing that his brand new Team Aon Ford Focus car is already reliable and that more speed will come as the development programme for the car gathers pace.
Both Nash and his Team Aon teammate Tom Chilton finished both races at the first event at Monza in Italy two weeks ago in the most testing of circumstances and just narrowly missed out on top ten grid positions in qualifying.”
James Nash: “ While a top 10 grid and race finish was the aim before Monza, and will be again in Valencia, I couldn’t be too disappointed with our performance.
We had the usual new car teething issues which you expect but what did set us back was destroying much of the front bodywork in race one when I got pushed into somebody else’s accident at the first corner.”
"The team only had a 10 minute window after the race and before race two to make repairs and it was quite frankly amazing that they managed to get me onto the grid for the second race.
“The car though ran well considering that both it and the team are brand new to the WTCC this season. We had no data for Monza to guide us on car set-up unlike the other teams, which was bound to make a difference, but nevertheless, our pace particularly in the race morning warm-up when we ran comfortably inside the top 10 was very encouraging. We will have data for Valencia having tested there a few weeks ago so I’m confident that we’ll achieve our top 10 target in Spain.”
“It has been nice to be home for a couple of weeks. Before the first race at Monza I was away testing so it’s been great being able to catch up with family and friends. I’ve also had time to meet the guys at Laser Tools for a fun day at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Laser Tools are one of the team partners this season so it was great to meet them away from the pressures of a race weekend and be able to thank them for their support which is invaluable.”
Both qualifying and races from Valencia will be shown on British Eurosport television or on-line at www.eurosportplayer.co.uk