Proud Nash takes crown

James Nash
James Nash

Newport Pagnell can boast a motor-racing champion in James Nash after he secured the WTCC Yokahama Trophy at Macau, China on Sunday.

The 27-year-old needed just two points from the two races to take the title for independent racers ahead of Bamboo Engineering team-mate Alex MacDowell, and did so with a fine sixth place in the first.

Along with his fourth place in the final race of the season, Nash also leap-frogged former team-mate Tom Chilton into third place in the overall standings - a quite incredible feat.

Speaking afterwards, the newly crowned champion said: “We came with a plan to secure the Yokohama Trophy title and if we could, a top three overall too.

“To have achieved both is simply fantastic!

“I drove a controlled opening race.

“I knew what I had to do which was to stay ahead of Chilton and with that in-hand there was no need to try anything ahead.

“I simply had to concentrate on bringing the car home in the points.

“ The second race though, was pretty dramatic. I got ahead of James Thompson off the grid and tucked in behind the leader going down to the first corner but then I could see all hell breaking loose in my mirrors as quite a few cars smashed into each other.

“ I’ve had two overall wins this season and won the Independent title. That was the pre-season aim so to have finished in the top three in the overall Championship too is unreal.”