Team/Driver news News : Triple Eight aiming to finish the season on a high
Triple Eight aiming to finish the season on a high
Fri 8th October 2010 The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) heads to Brands Hatch, near Swanley in Kent this coming weekend for the final rounds of the 2010 series. Four drivers are in with a shout of this yearís driverís title, though sadly for the multi Championship-winning Triple Eight Engineering Vauxhall team none of the four drivers are from the Northamptonshire-based team.
After Vauxhall withdrew their works support of the team at the end of last season due to the global financial crisis, Triple Eight has been fielding cars as an independent team for a number of promising young drivers in 2010. Most notable drivers have been James Nash, Daniel Lloyd and Philip Glew.
James Nash will drive one car while a second car will be entered for Renault Clio ace Sam Tordoff. Nash will be looking to end the season on a high, particularly so after the most recent meeting at Donington Park where he ran strongly only to have his result spoiled by becoming the innocent victim of somebody elseís crash. For Tordoff who lies third in the Renault Clio Cup and won last time out at Silverstone, Brands Hatch will mark his debut in the BTCC.
James Nash: I canít wait to get back in the car at Brands. Iím determined to get a strong result to finish the season. We ran well there in May and I know that Iíve got the pace, but for whatever reason weíve not been able to string a run of decent results together. Consistency is the key. A podium is what Iím aiming for and Iíd love to do it especially because it would to go some way to thanking my sponsors this season, Carlson Vehicle Transfer, Lex Autolease and EACS.
Sam Tordoff: The opportunity to drive the Triple Eight Vectra in the last round of the BTCC is too good an opportunity to miss. I've managed to secure some additional sponsorship from GardX and I'm really hoping to reward them for their investment with some great racing. The Vectra is a proven race winning car in the right hands and although I don't expect to be visiting the podium I think a top 10 finish should be possible. Ian Harrison, Chairman Triple Eight: Iím looking forward to Brands Hatch as always but it will seem a little strange going there this year with neither the team or one if itís drivers in with a shout for a title. That said; three of the four drivers vying for the title are former Triple Eight drivers, indeed one of them Jason Plato won his only BTCC to date with us in 2001, so it will be fun to see who comes out on top.