Pau: N.Technology race two notes

N.TECHNOLOGY PROVE POINTS IN PAU Hard work paid off today in Pau, France for the N.Technology Alfa Romeo team with James Thompson finishing seventh in round eight of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The entire weekend was...

N.TECHNOLOGY PROVE POINTS IN PAU

Hard work paid off today in Pau, France for the N.Technology Alfa Romeo team with James Thompson finishing seventh in round eight of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The entire weekend was ruled by the circuit's narrow street and limited overtaking but the team battled on regadless, pushing hard for point finishes despite Thompson's Alfa Romeo 156 being 55kgs heavier than in Spain.

The team's back-to-back victories in Valencia two weeks ago meant that a significant weight ballast was added for this weekend but N.Technology worked relentlessy on the Alfa's development to ensure a strong performance regardless.

British driver James Thompson got a great start but opted for a cautious approach going into

turn one hoping to avoid any incidents. Team-mate Olivier Tielemans was less lucky and retired a few laps into the race following an incident with Independent driver Stefano D'Aste.

Thompson kept on the pace for the reminder of the race, looking for any opportunity to improve his tenth position start. By the closing laps of this afternoon's race the 33-year-old was in eighth position benefiting from a few incidents higher up in the field and a quick overtaking move on a struggling Alain Menu saw him move to seventh.

This morning's race was ruled by traffic with Thompson unable to overtake and Tielemans spinning into the barriers thanks to a tap from fellow Dutch driver Tom Coronel.

James Thompson, car number 15

"It was a tough race. I got a great start and made up some places but had to lift off at the end of the straight as my goal was to finish and try to add to my points tally. I was fortunate on the last lap, Menu began to slow down and this enabled me to get by him for seventh. Being cautious on lap one paid off, we finished the race and have now added two more championship points to our tally. I am really happy."

Olivier Tielemans, car number 16

"From the start of the race I had understeer problems, which made my car quite hard to handle. Several cars got involved around the D'Aste accident and as I passed D'Aste's car and tried to run up the hill, the circuit was blocked by other race cars that had spun - maybe on D'Aste oil?

The engine stalled and unfortunately I was unable to re-start it."

Andrea Muller, Team Manager

"This was a very interesting race. Considering how hard it is to overtake on streets circuits such as Pau as well as the weight penalty that James was carrying, we are really happy with the two points that he scored!"

-credit: nt

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Series WTCC
Drivers Tom Coronel , James Thompson , Stefano D'Aste , Olivier Tielemans , Alain Menu