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Exclusive Q&A: James Thompson

James Thompson speaks to Crash.net about his time in the WTCC
James Thompson celebrated his 100th race start in the FIA WTCC at the Salzburgring in Austria.

The experienced LADA Sport Lukoil racer, now 39, took time out from his commitments with the Russian car giants to speak to Dexter Fielding about his time in the premier touring car series...

Q:
How does it feel to have competed in over 100 FIA WTCC races?

James Thompson:
I'm very happy and proud to have competed in over 100 races driving many different cars, and winning a few races along the way.

Although not as successful as I would have liked, yet, I am confident that will change before the 200 comes up!

Q:
What has been your best WTCC moment?

James Thompson:
The whole 2007 season culminating in third place overall, as I was so proud of what we achieved against the odds with the Alfa-Romeo 156. It was a small but dedicated private team working at the highest level.

Q:
...and your Lowest WTCC moments?

James Thompson:
Sitting on the sidelines for a few years and watching my old friends and teammates lifting trophies.

Q:
Fiercest WTCC competitor that you have raced against?

James Thompson:
That is too tough to call. To be honest all the top guys give as good as they get, but also there is a lot of respect between the old guard.

Q:
Favorite WTCC circuit that you've raced at?

James Thompson:
I really love historical European circuits, like Monza, which still keep the memories of the past. It is always a pleasure to race at these circuits. When you drive at Monza, you really feel the unique atmosphere; you feel part of great motorsport history.

As for the city circuits I prefer Macau - this is a superfast track. It is also a tricky one, you need a few seasons to get used to it. Macau is a real challenge for racing drivers, but there you have a chance to master your driving skills.

Q:
Where is the series now compared to its inaugural race at Monza in 2005?

James Thompson:
I think the series is in very good health with many top international teams and drivers.

It has changed from its conception, with more private teams and fewer manufacturers but overall I think the quality of machinery and the level you need to operate to is much higher.

Q:
Will the new generation regulations help the series?

James Thompson:
I trust that that FIA and Eurosport know what's best for the series as it seems to be growing in stature and competitiveness. I suppose an evolution of the rules is due at some point to enhance the show.

Q:
How is LADA's progress going?

James Thompson:
We're always testing new technical solutions for the car and the car is improving from race to race, we are improving its overall speed and the reliability.



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Gazza1JB

June 25, 2013 10:44 AM

Stop scratching around in crap cars and come back to the BTCC for some real action!! Roll back the years Thompson V Plato V Neal, hehe be some damaged cars with them 3 on track together! :D



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