Posts Tagged ‘James Nash’

James Nash to race in WTCC for Team Aon

James NashBritish Touring Car Independent Driver Champion, James Nash, is to join Tom Chilton in their assault on the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

The deal will see Nash competing against some of the very best touring car drivers in the world, in Ford’s new ‘Global’ Ford Focus. With healthy support from Ford Motorsport, and a strong driver line-up, Nash and Team Aon are confident that they will be competitive from the off. Read the rest of this entry »

Matt Neal crowned 2011 BTCC Champion

Matt NealMatt Neal has won the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after coming out on top against his Honda Racing team-mate Gordon Shedden in the final race of the season at Silverstone yesterday.

In front of packed grandstands, Neal lifted one of UK motorsport’s most prestigious titles for the third time in his career. The BTCC also ended the season on a high with a record 30 cars appearing on the grid.

Neal won the first race from pole position ahead of Gordon Shedden, James Nash finished third in his 888 Racing with Collins Contractors Vauxhall Vectra to secure the Independents Trophy. Read the rest of this entry »

Silverstone set for five-way BTCC title showdown

BTCCAn unprecedented five drivers – Matt Neal, Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden, Mat Jackson and James Nash – will all go into the British Touring Car Championship’s final round of 2011 at Silverstone in a fortnight’s time (15-16 October) still able to be crowned Champion following yesterday’s penultimate three races of the season at Brands Hatch.

In hot weather, and in front of a huge trackside crowd, Plato won both of the first two races from pole in his Silverline Chevrolet Cruze to move briefly past Neal and Shedden to the top of the standings.

Both his Honda rivals needed to make pit stops to have punctured tyres replaced on their Civics in the first race, and could only manage seventh and eighth spots in the second. But in the day’s final encounter they struck back as Neal led Shedden across the line to achieve a 1-2 result for the Honda squad. Plato was back in sixth, meaning Neal had regained the championship lead. Read the rest of this entry »

BTCC stars Shedden & Nash to race in British GT

British GT, CRS Ferrari 458British Touring Car Championship leader Gordon Shedden is to swap his Honda for a Ferrari this weekend (24/25 September) to compete in the British GT Championship at Donington Park. The 32-year-old Scotsman will join the Rosso Verde team for the longest race of the season, partnering Hector Lester at the wheel of a new Ferrari 458 Italia.

Meanwhile James Nash, who scored his maiden BTCC race victory last weekend, will also make his British GT debut at Donington, driving a GT4 Lotus.

Shedden will be deputising for Lester’s regular team-mate, Allan Simonsen, who is racing elsewhere. It will be Gordon’s maiden appearance in British GT, but not his first sports car outing: he was one of the CRS Racing team which finished fourth in the GT2 class of the Spa 24 Hours in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Wins for Plato, Shedden and Nash at Rockingham

BTCC at RockinghamJason Plato, Gordon Shedden and, for the first time in his career, James Nash shared the victories in yesterday’s three British Touring Car Championship races at Rockingham. Leaving the Northamptonshire venue, Scotsman Shedden and his Honda team-mate, Worcestershire’s Matt Neal, are dramatically tied for the championship lead as the BTCC now heads to Brands Hatch for the penultimate three races of the 2011 season on  the1-2 October.

Starting from pole position in his Chevy Cruze, reigning Champion Plato led the opening race all the way to record his sixth win of the season. Paul O’Neill, also driving a Cruze, finished second ahead Frank Wrathall, third in his Toyota Avensis. Neal was fourth and Shedden sixth. As a result, Neal edged past Shedden to lead the championship by two points. Read the rest of this entry »

Wins for Neal, Jordan & Jackson at Donington

The BTCC cars at Donington ParkMatt Neal, Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson shared the wins in yesterday’s three dramatic British Touring Car Championship races at their home circuit of Donington Park, in which defending Champion Jason Plato suffered a high-speed crash. But, when the dust had settled, it was rising BTCC star, James Nash, who lead the points standings as the series heads to Thruxton on Sunday 1 May.

Having achieved a second straight pole position on Saturday with another new qualifying lap record, Matt Neal went on to win the first race of the day in his turbocharged Honda Racing Civic. He also set a new race lap record. Second and third were the Vauxhall Vectras of Pirtek Racing’s Jordan and 888 Racing’s Nash.

In race two it was Andrew Jordan’s turn to take victory ahead of both Nash and Neal. But the race’s big talking point was Jason Plato’s spectacular crash. Plato’s Chevrolet Cruze left the track at an estimated 120mph before striking a barrier and rolling three times. Plato was unharmed, but it appeared to be the end of his day. Read the rest of this entry »