Buoyed by his double-podium success in Bahrain in what were his first race starts in the TCR International Series, Milton Keynes’s James Nash heads later this week to Portugal’s famous Estoril circuit near Lisbon for the second of eleven TCR race meetings this season. Already second in the points to Craft Bamboo Racing teammate Pepe Oriola who raced with the team in TCR last season, Nash is determined to reach the top step of the podium this weekend and record his first win of the season despite still getting to grips with the new Seat Leon.
Sunday’s race action from Estoril can be followed live by viewers in the UK from 1110 am either via Motors TV (Sky Channel 447) or from 1115 am on-line at www.tcr-series.com
“The last time I raced in Portugal I had a pretty good time, recording a win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) event at Porto, so I’m really looking forward to going back this weekend. That said, the last time I raced at Estoril though was way back in 2008 in the Seat Eurocup and its fair to say that things didn’t go quite as planned. I’d come into the Seat Eurocup that year after two very successful seasons racing in Formula Ford and it was my first taste of racing with a roof over my head. Initially at least I found touring cars far trickier beasts than I’d thought they’d be and truth be told, my confidence took a bit of a battering.”
“While it didn’t seem like it at the time Estoril was, looking back on it the turning point in my career. I had to rethink things and fortunately it worked. Thereafter my results picked up and I managed to finish fifth out of 22 in the championship and then the next season I took my first win in british touring cars. Okay I lost that one in the Steward’s Room after the race but, it proved that I could be competitive in touring cars.”
“I haven’t had chance to drive the Seat Leon after Bahrain but, I did get some good laps under my belt there even if my touring car race craft after two years away in GT’s was a bit rusty. Pepe’s got a head start on me in that respect but, I’m confident that I’ll be nearer to the pace that I want this weekend.”