N.Technology took to the French streets of Pau for the first time with the Honda Accord Euro R Super 2000 yesterday for the FIA World Touring Car Championship's (WTCC) fourth race weekend of the season.
In an incident-filled qualifying, which saw several cars hit the barriers, James Thompson set the 14th fastest time of the 45-minute session and will start tomorrow's race on the seventh row.
Despite setting sixth fastest earlier in the session, yellow flags prevented the British driver from improving his time in the second half of qualifying.
The morning's two free practice sessions proved more successful for the Italian team however, with Thompson setting fourth fastest each time in wet weather conditions.
Race One will be shown live on Sunday 01 June from 11:45 (CET) on Eurosport 2 and Asia Pacific with Race Two starting at 15:00 (CET), both on Eurosport International and Asia Pacific.
James Thompson, car number 15 "With our initial set-up, we were able to set sixth fastest in the earlier part of qualifying. Unfortunately, I had to slow down on what could have been an even better lap as there were yellow flags out. There are two races tomorrow and that's what we have to focus on now. Top eight in race one is the target so that we can maximise on the reverse grid in race two."
Andrea Muller, Team Manager "On a wet track, during free practice, we were able to set fourth fastest with James. Unfortunately, things changed with dry weather conditions during qualifying. We are continuously learning how the car behaves and how to get the best out of it. Obviously, we are not where we would like to be but we are still at the beginning with this car."
FIA World Touring Car Championship - Pau Round seven qualifying 1. Augusto Farfus (BRA), BMW 320si, 1:21.960 2. Yvan Muller (FRA), SEAT Leon TDI, 1:21.980 3. Jordi Gené (ESP), SEAT Leon TDI, 1:22.276 4. Gabriele Tarquini (ITA), SEAT Leon TDI, 1:22.449 5. Rickard Rydell (SWE), SEAT Leon TDI, 1:22.494 6. Rob Huff (GBR), Chevrolet Lacetti, 1:22.511 7. Andy Priaulx (GBR), BMW 320si, 1:22.679 8. Nicola Larini (ITA), Chevrolet Lacetti, 1:22.780 14. James Thompson (GBR), Honda Accord Euro R S2000, 1:23.209