Overnight rebuilds are nothing new in any form of racing, but the usual mention of it is a single sentence in a race broadcast. Rarely does anyone see what goes into mending a smashed-up car trackside. When James Nash smacked his Seat Leon into the wall at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand last weekend during practice for the TCR International Series, his Craft-Bamboo Racing team set to work repairing the banged-up hatchback and worked through the night. It could have just been a matter of another car turning up the next day, but the TCR series set up a time-lapse camera to catch all the action of the rebuild.
Nash was third in the championship at the time of the crash and the rebuild of the car overnight allowed him the following morning to qualify 6th for the first race of the weekend. The British driver charged to a second-place finish in the first race, picking up a ton of points. He then followed that up with a win in the weekend’s second race, propelling him to the championship lead over teammate Pepe Oriola with only three rounds remaining that include two supporting F1 in Asia at Singapore and Sepang in Malaysia followed by the finale at the Macau Grand Prix.