James Nash is on the verge of taking Bamboo Engineering and Chevrolet to their first ever FIA WTCC Independents title – two class victories this weekend should reassure him of the crown.
Nash has had a season long fight with team mate Alex MacDowall and NIKA Racings Michel Nykjaer, but with the latter pulling out of the championship with insufficient finances and the former struggling mid-season, Nash has a comfortable lead of 32 points with four races to go.
The former Arena Motorsport driver is instead focusing on overhauling the likes of Tom Chilton and Gabriele Tarquini to try and grab a top three spot in the overall championship.
“I can't wait to get out to China,” said the two-time race winner. “I think Shanghai's long straights should suit the Chevrolet Cruze well despite carrying top penalty weight as always.
“Even though I'm told that it is just about possible that I could win the Independent World title this weekend, though more likely in Macau in two weeks' time, my focus will instead be on the battle at the top of the overall standings. Yvan Muller has already secured the overall title but for the three of us behind him, Gabriele Tarquini, Tom Chilton and me the two remaining podium slots are still up for grabs.
“It would be a fantastic achievement both for me personally and also for the Bamboo Engineering team if we can get a top three result in the Championship as well as winning the Independent's award. We'll have beaten some top teams and drivers in both to get there should we manage it and I'm determined to give it my very best shot for all concerned.”
The former BTCC race winner has had a tremendous campaign this year, so far yielding two victories and several top five finishes to currently hold P4 in the table, only 30 points behind Tarquini, who is starring down the barrel at yet another runner up spot in the championship.
by Dexter Fielding