James Nash, the former BTCC independent champion, has announced that he will take no further part in the 2018 British Touring Car Championship season due to personal reasons.
BTC Norlin Racing’s Bert Taylor confirmed that James won’t drive at Oulton Park this weekend in his team’s Honda Civic Type-Rs and stated “We are disappointed as James is a world class driver but we accept the reasons given and we wish James well in his future racing career and also as he enters a very busy personal schedule off the track.”
James Nash stated “I made a return to BTCC and UK racing due to some exciting events happening in my Business and Personal Life.
“I believed racing in the UK would allow me more time to commit to my work, personal and race life. I have enjoyed a lot of success in International racing and have been very disappointed with my current level of results. It is because of all these factors, I have decided to pull out of BTCC until the timing is once again right for me.
“I wish BTC Norlin Racing and Chris Smiley a lot of success for the rest of this season.”
BTC Norlin Racing have put in some very strong performances throughout the opening races at Brands Hatch, Donington and Thruxton. Stephen Symington, team owner added “There is a real spirit of optimism in the garage as we know we have the machinery to challenge to win each race we compete in. As our drivers and the Norlin team get to know the cars better, we will hopefully become stronger at each round.”
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