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James Nash TCR China race reoprt

"A little bit frustrating”

Having led the way for most of the way, Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT driver James Nash was a frustrated man after finishing third in the second of two TCR International Series races on the impressive all-new Zhejiang circuit in China

From P3 on the starting grid the Milton Keynes, UK based driver forced his way into the lead by the third corner, overcoming the Audi S3 of Frederic Vervisch and the Alfa Romeo Guilietta of Davit Kajaia. Thereafter for 12 laps, if reminder was needed,  Nash was able to demonstrate that he very much remains one of the very best touring car racers anywhere despite the fact that last year’s championship runner-up has unfathomably still to win in the TCR series this year.  

While Nash built an impressive lead over his rivals, 10-seconds at one stage, Vervisch’s Audi in second managed to hold off the close attentions of the third and fourth-placed VW’s of Rob Huff and Gianni Morbidelli until just before half distance when he was eased out of the way. Thereafter the VW’s with a clear performance advantage over the leading SEAT reeled in Nash very quickly and the inevitable lead change occurred with just over six laps to go.

Huff ran out the race winner ahead of Morbidelli with Nash a game third, almost 20-seconds ahead of the fourth-placed car, the Hyundai of Alain Menu.

The opening race had also been led by a SEAT, that of Nash’s teammate Pepe Oriola. Just as Nash would find out later, Oriola as the race passed half-distane found his SEAT to be a sitting duck for quicker cars behind with Gabrielle Tarquini who had started from P14 in the Hyundai on its race debut breezing past closely followed by the VW’s of championship leader Jean-Karl Vernay and Rob Huff. Nash who had started P8 managed to climb up to sixth at one stage but by flag fall had fallen to ninth.

Nash with his podium result and two point-scoring finishes in China has moved up to sixth in the series standings after the ninth of ten scheduled events this year. The final event takes place in Dubai, UAE in just over a month's time on 18th November.

James Nash:

"It's a little bit frustrating to finish Race 2 in third after having led with a 10-second gap, but I really tried everything I could. At the beginning, I managed to pass Kajaia and Vervisch to take the lead and pulled away, building quite some gap. But then the others caught me again. I did not make mistakes and had no issues, their pace was simply much faster than mine. There was much rubbing in Race 2, but I am sure it made a great TV show!


James Nash, 31 from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, is one of Britain’s leading international touring car drivers. In 2016 he raced for Silverstone-UK based LUKOIL Craft-Bamboo Racing in the TCR International Series finishing second in the final standings to reigning champion Stefano Comini. His high points score allied to that of teammate Pepe Oriola did though secure the champion team and car for LUKOIL Craft-Bamboo and SEAT respectively. He is racing again for the team in 2017.
Last season James scored 11 podium results, two more than any other driver in TCR. He won two races, at Estoril in Portugal and at Buriram in Thailand.
Prior to his TCR campaign and touring car return in 2016 James raced as part of the WRT Audi Sport team in Blancpain GT, a highlight being third place in the 2014 Spa 24 Hour race.
Driving a Craft-Bamboo racing entered Chevrolet in 2013 James raced in the FIA World Touring Car Championship winning the Independent champion driver title and finishing third in the overall standings.
In 2011 he won the Independent driver’s award in the British Touring Car Championship while racing a Vauxhall for the Triple Eight Race Engineering team.
He is a full member of the British Racing Driver’s Club, the owners of Silverstone Circuit.
Away from racing James is Managing Director of vGroup International based in Milton Keynes and is a keen supporter of both the Driver First Assist road safety initiative and of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Posted by Mike on 11 October 2017 14:18

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