Un­lucky Nash loses TCR glory

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James Nash lost out on the TCR In­ter­na­tional Se­ries ti­tle at the fi­nal hur­dle in Ma­cau last week­end af­ter get­ting taken out of the first race in a clash with Mato Ho­mola.

Nash was run­ning in fourth place in a chaotic race, which was re­sum­ing af­ter a red-flag pe­riod, when the Slo­vak B3 Rac­ing SEAT driver tried to pass Nash’s Craft Bam­boo SEAT into Lis­boa. The in­ci­dent da­m­aged Nash’s sus­pen­sion, and he was un­able to fin­ish the race, while Ho­mola crashed into the bar­ri­ers, trig­ger­ing a pile-up and block­ing the track.

Ste­fano Co­mini, the 2015 cham­pion, won the first race in his Leop­ard Rac­ing Volk­swa­gen, with the half-points awarded putting him just 0.5 adrift of Nash go­ing into the fi­nale, but with the ad­van­tage of start­ing on pole while Nash was buried in the pack.

Co­mini drove a cau­tious race, fall­ing to fourth, while Nash fought through to eighth, but it wasn’t enough to pre­vent Co­mini be­com­ing the TCR king for the sec­ond sea­son. “It was a good sea­son but not good enough,” said Nash. “It was a dif­fi­cult and dis­ap­point­ing week­end, but that’s how things go some­times. I don’t un­der­stand where Ho­mola wanted to pass, there was no space, it was silly…”

A fan­tas­tic start from third on the grid gave Ti­ago Mon­teiro, guest­ing in the TCR with the West­coast Rac­ing team, a race lead he would not lose. Mon­teiro fended off a six-car lead pack to take the vic­tory – and the Guia crown – from Co­mini’s team-mate Jean-karl Ver­nay and Craft Bam­boo SEAT driver Pepe Ori­ola. Josh Files fin­ished sixth in his Tar­get Honda.

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