James Nash will move from Team Arena to Bamboo Engineering next season

James Nash will drive for the Bamboo Engineering team in next year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship season, following a promising rookie season with AON Team Arena in 2012.

Nash earned three point-scoring finishes in the team’s inaugural WTCC season campaigning the Ford Focus, claiming a solid sixth-placed finish at Marrakech as his best finish. He also qualified fourth-fastest at the Slovakiaring round.

Despite the withdrawal of Chevrolet’s manufacturer support ahead of next year’s championship season, Bamboo will continue to run the Chevrolet Cruze models as it has done for the past two seasons.

Despite a slow start to the 2012 championship, the team took Nash’s compatriot, Alex MacDowall, to fifth overall in the Independent Trophy championship standings as well as bagging a pair of class victories with Darryl O’Young at the season-ending Guia Race of Macau.

Armed with the same cars that took the works-supported RML team to a hat-trick of championship titles, Nash believes that this new package will give him every chance to challenge for the Drivers’ Championship title next year.

James Nash“I’m delighted to have signed with Bamboo, the Chevrolet is such a strong platform and will give me a chance to show my true potential,” he said in today’s announcement.

“It was important for me to sign early for 2013. I’m up to speed with the tracks and have some good experience in the WTCC, now is my chance to get my head down, bag some points and focus on my driving.”

“We’ve been knocking on the door for a few years now, but with Nash onboard, and his newly gained WTCC experience, he’ll be a challenger this year – 2013 is going to be great,” added Bamboo Engineering team principal Richard Coleman.

“Not only have we got James in the bag, but we’ve also got a few other developments up our sleeves, so watch this space between now and March!”

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