Thompson endures tough weekend.

James Thompson endured a tough weekend at Oschersleben after the N.Technology man failed to score during the latest rounds of the World Touring Car Championship in Germany.

The Briton had qualified in 15th place on the grid for the opening race having encountered traffic on his final lap of the session but made up places at the start to climb up to eleventh place. However, contact from former team-mate Olivier Tielemans saw Thompson forced sideways across the grass and he slipped down the order to 16th place. Further contact saw him drop to 18th before a spirited late fightback saw him take the flag in 16th.

Thompson started the second race from 15th after Tielemans was hit with a ten place grid penalty for his part in the earlier incident but it was to be a shortlived affair as a multi-car accident at the first corner forced him to retire.

"The car was going really well at the beginning of race one and we were able to make up three places in two laps; unfortunately I was hit and pushed back to 16th,” he said. “With the car running well, I was aiming for a points finish and we would have achieved that had it not been for the incident.

"It's a massive shame about race two, as I had a good start. However, we had nowhere to go and had a big impact with Rickard Rydell, who was stationary on the track. I hope that Imola will change our luck, but we will have the same approach as always; and aim for the top-eight."

Team manager Andrea Muller admitted it had been a tough weekend for his team at a circuit where Thompson took a podium finish last season, and said he was hopeful of a return to form next time out at Imola.

"In the first race we had a good start and managed to get through the field but we were hit and went to 16th position through no fault of our own,” he said. “Race two was disappointing for us, as we could not help the situation and had no chance to show the competitiveness of the car. With the first Italian round next month, we are hoping for a points-scoring result."

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