Race one chaos spoils weekend for Nash James Nash finished his latest race weekend in the Dunlop MSA British touring car championship disappointed that flying debris from a race one accident robbed him of what could have been a podium...
Race one chaos spoils weekend for Nash
James Nash finished his latest race weekend in the Dunlop MSA British touring car championship disappointed that flying debris from a race one accident robbed him of what could have been a podium finish at Donington Park, and left him to produce one of the drives of his season to drive from the back of the race two grid back into the top ten. James had made a great start to the first BTCC race at the newly re-opened Leicestershire circuit moving up to 9th in the first 5 laps and then jumping to 6th in one dramatic move on lap 11, perfectly judging a move down the inside at the new chicane. Unfortunately, in front, chaos was breaking out as Jason Plato was getting tangled up with several of his competitors, and cars seemed to be leaving the track at all angles. James negotiated his way through the wreckage and looked to be in a great position to race for his second podium of the year. James immediately felt a loss of power, and it transpired that a piece of plastic thrown up in the accident had wrapped itself around the front of the car and blocked the air intake, choking the engine, leaving the out of luck youngster having to pull off the circuit and lose a lap removing the blockage. His 17th place finish seemed small reward for the stunning drive that he had produced.
Race two obviously didn't seem to hold much promise starting from so far back, but James continued where he had left off in race one by charging up through the field, moving from 17th to 6th in just 6 laps. After a few comfortable laps in 6th place James started to be caught by a gaggle of BMW's which often come on very strong in the latter stages of the races as they get heat into their tyres. On lap 12 James left the tiniest gap through coppice, allowing one of the BMW's down the inside and leaving James "hung out to dry" on the outside of a stream of cars, losing 3 places in the process. An eventual 10th place finish was still a great result from so far back.
Race three looks on paper like it was a boring affair, started 10th, finished 10th, but that doesn't show that James battled up to 8th place before slipping back to 10th in a close fought duel between the midfield runners.
James says "I really enjoyed getting stuck in and racing today, we managed lots of overtaking, and I think we can quite reasonably say that a bit of plastic cost us a really great result, the pace was there for us to run right at the front of both of the first two races"
-source: james nash