Rollercoaster weekend for Nash in Norfolk James Nash endured an up and down weekend at the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship's yearly trip to Norfolk's fast Snetterton circuit. Saturday started with James putting in very quick times...
Rollercoaster weekend for Nash in Norfolk
James Nash endured an up and down weekend at the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship's yearly trip to Norfolk's fast Snetterton circuit. Saturday started with James putting in very quick times in free practice, coming very close to topping the timesheets in the second of the dry sessions. Rain at the start of the qualifying session left James struggling to get the best from a car set up for the expected dry conditions, eventually leaving him down in 9th place to start Sundays first race, but fairly happy as it could have been much worse.
Sunday promised dry weather, giving James the opportunity to use his dry weather pace from Saturday to come forwards in race one which is exactly what he did, 9th to 5th via some good overtaking and a couple of frontrunners tangling.
5th on the grid for race two gave the potential to aim for a podium finish but a bad start put James into a tight pack of squabbling midfield cars and following a tangle with championship leader Matt Neal James was bumped down to a disappointing 10th. Disappointment turned into joy and excitement as the lucky dip draw for the third race grid positions put James onto pole position for the final race of the day.
One of James' best starts of the year rocketed him away into the lead, closely followed by Gordon Shedden. James put his head down to consolidate his lead but disaster struck at the start of lap two, Entering the first corner on lap 2 the car went into a lurid opposite lock slide which he nearly recovered before the car snapped the opposite way and pitched him off into one of the tracks famous farmers fields. The previous days rain had softened the earth and the car was stuck, race over!
James had this comment "That was so frustrating, I made a fantastic start, Gordon and I had already made a bit of a break so although we were struggling a bit today for overall pace I had a great chance to get my second podium of the year, the slide seemed to go on forever and I thought I'd caught it, but I ended up in the field and bogged down.
The BTCC teams move to Silverstone for the 7th round of the championship on the 22nd August. Team Triple Eight and Driver James Nash will be working hard over the coming weeks to prepare for this event where a podium place will be the focus.
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