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Pleasing weekend for Bamboo
8 April 2013
Bamboo Engineering enjoyed another positive weekend in Morocco as the World Touring Car Championship headed to Marrakech for the second round of the 2013 season.
James Nash led the team's challenge to finished in third place in race one, taking his maiden WTCC podium in the process. Nash had started on the front row but lost a position to Michel Nykjaer during the race, meaning he crossed the line as second in the Independents behind his fellow Chevrolet man and the factory Honda of Gabriele Tarquini.
From ninth on the grid in race two, Nash stayed out of trouble and made the most of incidents ahead to come through to fourth at the finish, securing the Independents victory in the process. As a result, he tops the Indy standings and sits fifth overall after the second meeting of the year.
"It felt great to get my first WTCC podium," he said. "I have fond memories of Marrakech from last year but I can say I enjoy it much more taking home silverware. I'm annoyed about finishing fourth in race two but I'll leave that conversation there!”
Team-mate Alex MacDowall had a 'tough weekend' in comparison to Nash, finishing in sixth place in race one and third in the independents class. Race two proved to be unlucky however when he was caught up in Gabriele Tarquini's accident at the final chicane and was forced to retire with accident damage.
MacDowall had earlier suffered a scare in the warm-up when he was almost wiped out by the SEAT of Tom Boardman.
“It's been a tough weekend,” he said, “but on the upside my pace has been very strong. I've been pushing the likes of Tarquini and Muller, the downside is that a DNF has really hurt my championship charge, however there is still a long way to go so it's game on for the next round."
Team principal Richard Coleman gave his thought on the 'eventful' weekend as his squad continues to make progress in the series.
“Another pleasing weekend for Bamboo Engineering,” he said. “James gave us our highest ever qualifying result of second, Alex set a number of fastest laps and we also took home trophies. It's been eventful and we're considering ourselves lucky after Alex's near miss in warm up, if he'd been two feet further down the road when (Tom) Boardman left the track, I fear the result would have been much worse. Thankfully Tom didn't come to any harm.”
Bamboo sits second behind RML in the team's championship following the weekend.