Heartbreak for Nash as he misses out on TCR title

A crash in the opening race in Macau put paid to James Nash's TCR title ambitions as he missed out on the crown by 3.5 points.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 3:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 11:21 am
James Nash limps back to the pits with suspension damage

The Newport Pagnell racer led the series heading into the final two races in Macau, but the opening race ended in catastrophe as he was involved in a collision, damaging the rear suspension of his Seat Leon, and saw him classified 18th.

But after miraculous work from his Craft Bamboo team, his charge through the field to eighth wasn't enough to secure him the title. It might have been a different story had both races gone the full-distance though, with both being cut short and only half points being awarded.

Switzerland's Stefano Comini retained the TCR International Series title, just 3.5 points ahead of Nash, who took solace in his second place finish.

Nash congratulates champion Stefano Comini

"Overall you have to say that we've had a good season but, unfortunately it wasn't quite good enough," said Nash afterwards. "It was a difficult and disappointing weekend, but that's how things go sometimes.

"The championship has slipped through my fingers and although it is not the outcome we wanted I cannot be more thankful and proud of the team. Together we pulled the team's championship out of the bag and managed to secure second place in the overall standings. This weekend has been a roller coaster ride but l will come back fighting.

"I must though offer my congratulations to Stefano Comini. He is a worthy champion and for him to have retained the TCR title is a fantastic achievement."

Nash congratulates champion Stefano Comini