A “Solid” Day For Nash Keeps Him In Title Contention

After three top six finishes at Snetterton James Nash kept himself in contention to challenge for overall and independents' titles in the British Touring Championship.

The Triple Eight driver’s day at the Norfolk track included a fourth second place of the season, finishing runner-up (and taking the independents' class win) behind Gordon Shedden in the second race of the meeting.

“I have to be reasonably happy with another second place and a couple of trophies,” said Nash, “but we need to find a bit more straightline speed from the engine somehow when it goes back to [engine company] Swindon. We've definitely lost something these past two meetings.”

Nash ended the day with a sixth place finish, while Mat Jackson took the victory. Jackson now leads both the overall and independents' points standings. Nash lies fifth in the overall points and second among the independents', 19 points in arrears.

Nash had begun the day by finishing fifth in the opening race a race that included an early battle with the NGTC-spec Toyota of Frank Wrathall.

“It was certainly interesting now finding ourselves fighting for position with one of the NGTC cars,” James said. “In fact their speed here was astonishing. Whatever those cars have found, I'd like some too!”

“A solid day for James,” declared Triple Eight Chairman Ian Harrison. “We probably went a bit too conservative on set-up but two good results for him. I also have to say that the first 7 laps of race two when he'd climbed from P5 on the grid and then had Frank Wrathall breathing down his neck were I think the best 7 laps he's driven for us since joining Triple Eight.”

Nash's teammate Tony Gilham suffered a difficult race day, his involvement in the opening race coming to an end after just 200 yards with broken rear suspension after contact off the start line. The resulting retirement put the driver on the back foot for the rest of the meeting as starting positions for the second race are decided by the finishing order of the first.

The relative high point of the day came in the second race, finishing thirteenth to score a single point in the independents' standings.

The next BTCC rounds take place at the Scottish Knockhill track on September 3-4.