James Nash is in confident mood ahead of his World Touring Car Championship debut at Monza this weekend.
The reigning British Touring Car Championship Independent Champion has joined Team Aon as it embarks on its global adventure. The 26-year-old has been testing the team's turbocharged Ford Focus in Portugal and Spain in recent weeks, ahead of its competitive debut in Monza.
Nash is excited to have the chance to make his world championship debut at the legendary Italian circuit.
“I'm really looking forward to Monza,” declared Nash. “I raced there in 2008 in the Seat Eurocup and it remains one of my favourite circuits so making my WTCC debut there will be extra-special.”
Although he hasn't seen how the car stacks up against the opposition, he is confident of its pace.
“We've managed to put over 1,500 kilometres of testing on the car over the last few weeks and our pace has been good. Of course we won't know just how good and where we stand against our competitors until we take to the track at Monza, but so far things look promising.
“One of the main things we've been learning about is the WTCC Yokohama control tyre and with me being new to the team and to the Ford Focus I've been learning as much as I can about the car too which in any case is early in its development programme and has a new engine this season.
“I'm a keen Engineer as well as a racer so having a role in the programme has been fun and was one of the attractions in signing in the first place. I know that my input has been good as I've helped the team find one or two things that have definitely improved the car and found us time too.
“Getting to know the guys has been good. I already knew my new teammate Tom Chilton from the BTCC of course but I'd like to thank Mike and all at Team Aon for making me feel so welcome. Mind Tom is the first person I want to beat In Monza and I know he'll feel the same about me!”