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CAN N.TECHNOLOGY PAU-SSIBLY KEEP WINNING? Following a stunning double victory in Valencia, N.Technology Alfa Romeo now heads to Pau, France for round seven and eight of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The first of three...

CAN N.TECHNOLOGY PAU-SSIBLY KEEP WINNING?

Following a stunning double victory in Valencia, N.Technology Alfa Romeo now heads to Pau, France for round seven and eight of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The first of three street circuits on the 2007 WTCC Calendar, Pau is a new addition for this season and the 2.760km town-based track is already poised as one of the hardest venues the championship will be visiting.

Valencia winner James Thompson will be racing with 30kg ballast as a result of his double win and although his Alfa Romeo 156 won't be the heaviest car, the success ballast is still a key factor to contend with.

Thompson celebrates his double victory in Valencia, Spain

"Spain was amazing," said the 33-year-old. "The changes we made to the car worked perfectly, the track suited the package we have and I knew the circuit very well. Pau is a completely different challenge. We have never raced there before, I will need to learn the track and find a good set-up with the team before knowing whether or not we can be at the front again.

"Obviously, the aim is to keep winning, we are still developing the car and the results in Valencia show the team is doing a great job, so I definitely think that we can hope for more good results."

Thompson's team-mate Olivier Tielemans finished in 11th place at Valencia, his best performance to-date, and is looking forward to France's two rounds. "I was so happy for the team last weekend," said the 22-year-old driver from Holland. "They are working really hard at every opportunity and deserved this 100%. My races were ok, the second round was quite rough though. I fought with other cars a lot but it was completely worth it since I finished 11th.

"I hope to keep climbing throughout the season. I have improved at each race weekend so far and there is no reason for that to stop so I'm looking forward to an even higher finish at Pau for me."

-credit: nt

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Series WTCC
Drivers James Thompson , Olivier Tielemans