James Thompson said that the bad luck endured by the LADA Sport team in the World Touring Car Championship finale at Macau was undeserved after two of the three Prioras failed to even make it to race day.
Kirill Ladygin was the first of the LADA men to run into problems when he crashed out of practice at the high-speed Mandarin bend – damaging his car too much for the team to repair it in time for race day.
"There was a crash in section two and my team manager told me about it on the radio just as I was going into the turn," he said. "As soon as I heard 'yellow flag' I lifted off the throttle and the car snapped sideways into the barrier.
“This wasn't the way I wanted to end the season and I'm particularly disappointed as I wanted to gain as much experience as I could of this challenging circuit. In any case I have learnt a lot this season and I would like to thank LADA for giving me this valuable chance at the very top level of touring car racing."
Thompson had been expected to lead the LADA challenge as he looked to add to the points he secured at Imola but an accident in qualifying – where he ploughed into the rear of Stefano D'Aste's abandoned BMW – left the Briton with bruised feet and the team with another destroyed car.
While Jaap van Lagen was able to start the first race, an engine failure brought his weekend to an early end and Thompson admitted that the bad luck suffered was undeserved after the team's worst weekend of the year.
"I still don't really know what happened," he said of his own incident. "It was a big 5G impact but I'd like to thank the medical staff as they were very efficient and professional. I'd also like to thank Stefano d'Aste, who stayed with me all the time, it was much appreciated as after the accident I lost my sight briefly.
“This isn't the ideal way to finish the season but accidents are just part of racing. Most of all I feel sorry for the team: this has been our worst weekend of the championship, which nobody deserved. It's been a very positive season in other respects."