Nash maintains championship lead in Hungary

James Nash holds off Tom Coronel and Yvan Muller
James Nash holds off Tom Coronel and Yvan Muller

James Nash remains top of the WTCC Yokahama Trophy after another solid performance at the Hungaroring in Hungary on Sunday.

The Newport Pagnell racer reversed a disappointing ninth place in the opening race to bring home a fourth place finish in the second race, just behind his team mate Alex MacDowall, to maintain his lead in the independent’s championship standings, and remains fifth overall.

Race 1 saw the usual first 2 corners create excitement, Both MacDowall and Nash were held up by a minor incident causing them to loose ground to the

BMW of Coronel and Chevrolet of Chilton. Nash pushed admirably to close on Chilton and Coronel but unfortunately ran out of laps and crossed the finish line ninth

Starting fourth in Race 2, Nash suffered a lot of wheelspin off the line and was engulfed by the pack, dropping down the order. But the third corner played host the largest accident of the weekend but Nash managed to avoid the drama, and come out the other side in fourth. Nash got his head down and put in some great laps and defended brilliantly against increasing pressure in the latter stages from WTCC masters Tom Coronel and Yvan Muller but maintained his position to finish fourth, just off the podium.

Nash said afterwards that he’s still learning about his Chevrolet and will only get better as time goes on.

“I’m still getting to grips with the car,” he said. “But the second race was a great battle, I’m really proud that I kept both Coronel and Muller at bay to get a fourth.

“It’s not about finishing fourth but the fact I am in a place to hold my own against world champions.”

The next round is in two weeks time at the Salzburgring in Austria.