The return of the World Touring Car Championship didn’t work out too well for city racer James Nash as he struggled in Argentina.
The man from Newport Pagnell could only finish ninth and seventh around the Rio Hondo circuit in South America.
The result sees him slip a place, and he now sits fourth in the overall standings, dropping behind veteran racer Gabriele Tarquini in the Seat.
And Nash also lost another five points to Yokahama Trophy championship leader Michel Nykaer as the pair duke it out to become this season’s top independent runner.
In the first race, Nash started seventh on the grid, but saw himself drift back through the order, eventually having to settle with a ninth place finish.
In race two, he would start third on the grid as a result of his earlier finish, but couldn’t convert it as he slid back to seventh overall.
The summer break couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nash.
Having stunned much of the paddock with his fine performances already this season, he topped it off with brilliant wins in Austria and Portugal, lifting the Bamboo Engineering racer up to third in the overall order, above vastly more experiences runners in factory-backed cars.
But his struggles in Argentina mean he now cannot afford another slip up if he is to be a serious title contender this year.
After the races in Argentina, Nash tweeted: “Not the result I wanted but still all to play for.”