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Former BTCC racer James Nash to race in Blancpain GT

Friday, January 09 2015

Former Touring Car racer James Nash will return to Brands Hatch in 2015 with the crack WRT squad in the Blancpain GT Series.

Nash, who made his BTCC debut in an Independent Chevrolet before switching to a Triple Eight-run Vauxhall and the Independents' Championship in 2011, left the series for a career in the WTCC before switching to GT racing last year. The 29-year-old campaigned an Audi R8 LMS ultra for the Belgian team in Blancpain Endurance races in 2014 but will now concentrate on the Sprint Series, which heads to Brands Hatch in May.

Nash, who will race alongside factory Audi driver Frank Stippler, said: "I've chosen to race in the sprint series in an attempt to gain more seat time because there are Qualifying and Main races each weekend. Out of the seven venues in this year's BSS, I've only previously raced at Brands Hatch and the Algarve so I'll be learning many new tracks again.

"I've only had five races in the Audi R8 LMS ultra: I was generally pleased with what I achieved last year but still have a lot to learn about the car."

Nash will dovetail his Blancpain commitments with a campaign in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship's GT4 class. He will be racing a Lotus Evora for the UltraTek Racing team alongside Richard Taffinder. The championship visits Brands Hatch on 1/2 August.

Tickets for the Blancpain GT Series on 9/10 May are available from £21 and tickets for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship on 1/2 August are available from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under at both events. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here for Blancpain and here for British GT.