Valencia: James Nash weekend summary

Knockhill shows more knocks for Nash The long haul to Scotland for the latest round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship only netted two 11th place finishes for Triple Eight driver James Nash, but that is the barest of facts from...

Knockhill shows more knocks for Nash

The long haul to Scotland for the latest round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship only netted two 11th place finishes for Triple Eight driver James Nash, but that is the barest of facts from an incident packed weekend for the Newport Pagnell based youngster.

James only managed 1 full lap in the first practice session before a broken gearbox brought him to a halt. The first mechanical problem that Nash has suffered all season with his usually ultra-reliable Vectra meant that the rest of the weekend was spent playing "catch up" against his BTCC rivals. "The fact that the last time I saw Knockhill was from the cockpit of a Formula Ford 5 years ago coupled with the problem in first practice meant that nearly an hour of valuable track time was lost for both me and the team, from then on it was always going be hard work to get myself back to the front"

In qualifying James tangled with Andy Neate, picking up damage to the aerodynamic front "splitter" of the car and soon after a misfire further hampered his efforts to qualify at the front, eventually finishing up in a Theme setting 11th place to start the first of Sundays 3 races.

Race one started well, James keeping out of trouble during a frantic first lap which saw the safety car sent out whilst debris was cleared from the track. James made a great restart from the very short safety car period and was running comfortably in 9th place, and settling down to haul in the cars in front when an over ambitious move from Mat Jackson bundled him off into the gravel trap and out of the race. Mat was later penalised with a fine and points on his licence.

Race two therefore started from the very back of the grid for James and he put in a strong and determined performance to bring himself back up to an 11th place finish. Race three started brilliantly, a superb getaway and some determined driving quickly brought James through to 4th place before a safety car period bunched the field right up. At the restart James was immediately under loads of pressure from the chasing cars and he knew within a couple of laps his vigorous defending was quickly using up his tyres and dropping down his level of grip, a slight nudge from one of the cars behind was enough to make James run wide and open up a door that several of his rivals rushed through. After that James struggled to find the grip to defend his place and he eventually slipped back to 11th again for his final finish of the day.

-source: james nash

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Series WTCC
Drivers James Nash , Andy Neate