Team Aon’s James Nash finished Sunday’s races at the Brazilian round of this year’s World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Curitiba in 14th and 15th place positions from P19 grid starts.
In both races the reigning British Touring Car Independent driver Champion enjoyed battling for position with his teammate Tom Chilton, with both drivers overcoming a difficult qualifying session on Saturday to climb several places.
Since the last WTCC round in Portugal six weeks ago, the principal competition for the Team Aon Ford Focus team, Seat and BMW have both been given performance breaks in the form of reduced ballast to carry. Accordingly, with the two manufacturers’ cars comprising 14 of the 21-car entry, Nash knew before the weekend that making an impression in Brazil was going to be difficult, and so it proved.
James Nash: “ It would be easy I guess to lose motivation starting so far back but, that isn’t me and I was determined to give the races my best shot. Race one in particular was fun and at one stage I was in the thick of a seven-car battle for 13th that raged for several laps. It was so good that I understand that the television Director chose to follow the battle instead of the Chevrolet’s leading the race!”
“ We now have a nine week long break until the next race in California in September and I hope that we can use that time to push through some more new developments for the Ford Focus. It is clear that the breaks given to the Seats and BMW’s have cost us. I understand the theory that the break was given to reflect the discrepancy between them and the Chevrolet’s, but frankly apart from possibly Gabriele Tarquini in the semi-works Seat the Chevrolets are quite simply on a different planet let alone performance level to everybody else anyway.
Before the races, Nash was invited to visit a local school in one of Curitiba’s less privileged neighbourhoods where he introduced the assembled children to touring car racing. He also gave a talk on road safety and handed out over 200 high visibility jackets donated by one of his principal sponsors, Milton Keynesbased Profile Autones part of vGroup International Ltd.
James Nash: “Road safety is a very important message, especially in Brazil and if I can help in any way to raise awareness and keep children safe then I’m happy. The children were hugely appreciative that we can out to see them. I’m looking forward to more projects like this as we move round the world.”
Carolina Dalledonne, Paraná State Government:“ We were delighted to have James show his support. I know how busy he is but he delivered a valuable message that will help the children of Curitiba, and the high visibility jackets went down very
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