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Fighting hard and then fighting to finish


"Fighting hard and then fighting to finish”

Milton Keynes-based James Nash signed off his racing season on Saturday in Dubai, UAE with a fighting fourth place finish from a P11 grid in the first of the two TCR International Series races while in the second, brake problems and a slow puncture from mid race restricted last year's championship runner-up to an unrepresentative eleventh place finish.

In both races Nash made stunning starts from fifth row grid positions. In the opening race he held third place and the final podium position for much of the race before falling back towards the end into the clutches of Jean-Karl Vernay's VW as he inevitably paid the price of this early laps charge with heavier tyre wear than his close rivals.

In the second race later in the afternoon, another lightening start was largely negated at the first turn when a push from another car forced Nash's LUKOIL Craft Bamboo Racing SEAT to run wide, losing him several places in the process. He recovered but from around mid-race found him fighting not only his rivals for position but also his own car, the SEAT having picked up a slow puncture. With a brake issue too to contend with (Nash had felt something was amiss with the brakes coming to grid before the start), Nash hung onto each position as long as he could but ultimately fell back down to eleventh place by race-end.

Nash's Spanish team-mate Pepe Oriola won the opening race from Gordon Shedden's VW Golf and the similar car of Vernay (pipping Nash for position on the penultimate lap). In finishing third Vernay also confirmed himself as the TCR International Series champion driver for 2017. Last year's champion Stefano Comini won race two in his Audi from the VW Golf of Gianni Morbidelli and Honda's Josh Files.

James Nash

"We were working the car really hard to get any positions. In race two l had lots of contacts and a slow puncture from around half-distance so I was really lucky to finish."

" The contact at turn one in the second race was disappointing because without it and the puncture of course, we could have managed the same as race one."

"Finally I'd like to thank everybody at LUKOIL Craft Bamboo Racing, my sponsors, family friends and fans for their continuing support and encouragement. We haven't been able for one reason or another to really show what we're capable of and the season as a result has been a hugely frustrating one. But, its time to draw a line on 2017 and look forward to returning next season when we start with a clean sheet and hopefully deliver the success our endeavours and support deserves."

Posted by Mike - Event Sports Media on 27 November 2017 09:16

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