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Craft-Bamboo boss: ‘The Balance of Performance is still not right’

Craft-Bamboo Racing CEO Richard Coleman believes that the Balance of Performance [BoP] in the TCR International Series is ‘still not right’ after his team picked up just one podium in Hungary.

Coleman and his Anglo-Hong Kong team had been expecting to perform better on the more twisty Hungaroring, after struggling for pace in the preceding rounds at the high-speed Monza and Salzburgring circuits.

However just two of the team’s three SEAT León cars made it through to Q2 in qualifying, with Brit James Nash missing out, marking the second time this year that one of the team’s drivers has failed to make the cut.

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Whilst Pepe Oriola went on to score a podium with second in race two on Sunday, Coleman believes that the BoP is still ‘not right’.

Ahead of the race weekend the SEAT León TCR V3 cars were given a 10 kg weight break, along with the Volkswagen Golf GTi cars.

“Despite scoring good points I am disappointed,” said Coleman. “The Hungaroring should have been a circuit we challenge for wins on, and whilst I am very happy with a second place, we were never in contention to challenge for a win here.

“As the series becomes more competitive the BOP is more and more crucial, and things are still not yet right.

“I am not saying this until my cars win, as the Golf was also not competitive enough here.”

Nash, who just missed out on the cut to get into Q2, also feels that there is an issue with his León which the team are working with SEAT Sport on resolving.

“I feel I have an issue with my car that I have been having to contend with for the last couple of meetings or so,” said Nash. “I am working hard with the team and SEAT Sport to get to the bottom of it and appreciate their hard work investigating it.”

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