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Q&A: Nick Leason - EXCLUSIVE.

Nick Leason finally made it onto the grid in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship towards the end of the 2006 season, although the main talking point was when the wheels came off his wagon at Silverstone on Finals Day.

With two race weekends under his belt, the NJL with Daniels driver will be looking to make the most of his BTC-spec Astra Coupe into the 2007 campaign as he aims to run at the front of the group of drivers running the older specification machinery.

Crash.net spoke to Nick to look to the year ahead…

Q:
Nick, you came into the BTCC towards the end of 2006 for the meetings at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. Unfortunately the wheels came off the wagon, literally, at Silverstone but how would you sum up those two weekends?

Nick Leason:
Yeah it was good. To be fair, we look back at it and know we had a few problems. We have now sorted that out and I was very pleased to be out there. I believe it was the right decision to go out last year, learn the ropes and get some mileage in the car ready for this year.

Q:
Things didn't quite go to plan, but how beneficial was it for the team to spend two weekend at a BTCC event rather than just go testing?

Nick Leason:
I think it was good for myself and also good for the team. It was a new team and they were learning about the car and there are certain things that we have gone away with and know we can improve on and develop.

Q:
The 2006 season wasn't the busiest for you in terms of on-track activities, how quickly were you able to settle into the Astra?

Nick Leason:
Very well, I was very pleased with the Astra. It was very comfortable to drive and I think this year it will be good. We will go out there to enjoy it and hopefully shock a few people.

Q:
Into 2007, is the plan to continue with this car?

Nick Leason:
Yeah it is at the moment. We have a new sponsor coming onboard and will make an announcement next week so things might change but practicality wise, it think we'll stick with the Astra.

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