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#101 teejay

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 16:18

Huge accident. Glad to see he walked away

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#102 Fastcake

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 16:29

Huge accident. Glad to see he walked away


Aye that was a big one, it was good he was at the rear of the grid else that could of been even nastier.

Shedden is certainly making his way very well through the grid, he's currently fifth and could possibly pass Plato too.

#103 teejay

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 16:36

Great race all in all!

#104 jrg19

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 16:40

Great drive from Shedden in the last race, extra lap and he might have sneaked passed.

#105 Fastcake

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 16:47

Great drive from Shedden in the last race, extra lap and he might have sneaked passed.


Indeed was very impressive from the back and with ballast and all. I wasn't sure he could of caught Neal when I wrote earlier, but aye Shedden was tantalisingly close to winning the last race. Shame I missed race one though, sounded like it was a good'un.

#106 midgrid

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 18:21

Video of the Austin-Newsham crash.

#107 Deluxx

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 22:33

Wow that could have been so much worse. Lucky it was an armco not a concrete wall, he was.

Plato seemed to get the restarts and tires down pat, good start for the season for me :D

Was surprised how well the softs worked at the end, probably because it warmed up quite a bit, eh?

#108 V8 Fireworks

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:58

Lucky it was an armco not a concrete wall, he was.

Thanks for your wise input oh Jedi master. :up: :lol:

Edited by V8 Fireworks, 01 April 2013 - 10:59.


#109 Deluxx

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 13:19

Thanks for your wise input oh Jedi master. :up: :lol:


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#110 BullHead

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 20:23

Complete rebuild screws his season up. What a shame. He has one of the smallest budgets on the grid...

#111 Deluxx

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:27

Yeah that sucks... But it's only the first round... He can only go up!

#112 TimRTC

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 17:07

Looks like the news from Rob Austin Racing is not as bad as first seems, hopeful to be back for Donington.

http://www.btcc.net/...ail.php?id=3371

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 22:58

Looks like the news from Rob Austin Racing is not as bad as first seems, hopeful to be back for Donington.

http://www.btcc.net/...ail.php?id=3371


That'd be great. Thought he'd totalled that one, but I guess you can't keep a bunch of good mechanics down :up:

#114 TimRTC

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 23:27

Move aside all other drivers, Rob Austin now officially the most awesome driver on the grid:

https://twitter.com/...4998784/photo/1

#115 Deluxx

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:37

LOL

#116 billm99uk

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 12:35

Move aside all other drivers, Rob Austin now officially the most awesome driver on the grid:

https://twitter.com/...4998784/photo/1


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Love the fag!*



*For our US readers, please note this is a reference to the cigarette in Mr. Austin's left hand (no doubt unlit for health and safety reasons) and I am most definitely not casting aspersions on the aforementioned Mr. Austin's sexuality**

** Though, of course, should the aforementioned Mr. Austin be a member of the local LGBT community (or any other minority community for that matter) this would be entirely OK with this poster. No, really, it would...

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 20:04

Move aside all other drivers, Rob Austin now officially the most awesome driver on the grid:

https://twitter.com/...4998784/photo/1


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#118 Callisto

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 21:02

Great start to the season for Plato :up:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 22:20

Move aside all other drivers, Rob Austin now officially the most awesome driver on the grid:

https://twitter.com/...4998784/photo/1

It is amazing that there really is only cosmetic damage after a crash that size.


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Love the fag!*



*For our US readers, please note this is a reference to the cigarette in Mr. Austin's left hand (no doubt unlit for health and safety reasons) and I am most definitely not casting aspersions on the aforementioned Mr. Austin's sexuality**

** Though, of course, should the aforementioned Mr. Austin be a member of the local LGBT community (or any other minority community for that matter) this would be entirely OK with this poster. No, really, it would...

I never even noticed it until you mentioned it....

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#120 billm99uk

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 23:22

Great start to the season for Plato :up:


Well judging from Tordoff's first event, he may actually have some in-team competition for once too. Though, to be fair, he hadn't any problem moving over for his team mate when on the "wrong" tyres :cool:


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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:41

Andy Neate will not be driving at Donington as there have been further delays in building his Chevrolet Cruze. He hopes to join the field at Oulton Park in June.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 13:03

Andy Neate will not be driving at Donington as there have been further delays in building his Chevrolet Cruze. He hopes to join the field at Oulton Park in June.


Any other new cars likely to be out then?

Wonder how Rob Austin's repairs are going? I should really get into Twitter...

Edited by billm99uk, 15 April 2013 - 13:03.


#123 midgrid

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 17:16

Austin recently tweeted this photo of the repaired Audi. He's also had T-shirts made with the legend "I helped fix Sherman" (the car's nickname), sales of which will help cover the cost of the repairs.

A deal is still being negotiated for Howard Fuller and Robb Holland to share a fourth Team HARD. car.

#124 TimRTC

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 19:59

Hope those T-shirts are for sale at Donington. Managed to get Saturday off so will be there on both days. A 29 (?) car grid going down the Craner Curves should be an exciting prospect!

#125 BRG

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 20:02

A 29 (?) car grid going down the Craner Curves should be an exciting prospect!

It's BTCC. The chances that they will all get round Redgate on lap one is about zero.

#126 TimRTC

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 20:18

There were three incidents on Craner/Old Hairpin at the media day alone.

#127 TimRTC

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:49

Glorious sun here at Donny. Just had first FP.

#128 billm99uk

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:40

Glorious sun here at Donny. Just had first FP.


Nice day for it. Which I was there and didn't have too many other things to do :(

#129 TimRTC

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 15:54

Big fire in the Ginetta supercup. Andrew Watson blowing up old school F1 style with a jet of flame. Driver out fine, not as bad as Oulton but might not be racing tomorrow.

#130 TimRTC

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 19:51

No sign of Caine this weekend. Is he still planning to race in the series?

#131 midgrid

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 22:22

No sign of Caine this weekend. Is he still planning to race in the series?


Apparently so, but not until later in the year. Perhaps he's having second thoughts after seeing Motorbase's performance so far...


#132 PayasYouRace

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:06

Not the most gripping race 1 there.

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#133 ExFlagMan

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:45

Think someone has been distributing 'sensible pills' at the drivers briefing.

#134 billm99uk

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 15:19

"Didn't put a wheel wrong........" :rotfl:

Edited by billm99uk, 21 April 2013 - 15:19.


#135 PayasYouRace

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 16:43

Nice to see Turkington on the top step :)

Shame Tordoff couldn't hold on on the last lap. But he looks promising. It's been a while since Plato has had a good teammate.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 16:46

Nice to see Turkington on the top step :)

Shame Tordoff couldn't hold on on the last lap. But he looks promising. It's been a while since Plato has had a good teammate.


Agree with both, BTCC always has room for different winners rather than the top few. :)

Only seen the last races today, thanks to it again clashing with F1 this year ( :mad: )

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 19:38

Nice defensive driving from Shedden in race two there. Plato had to go through his whole playbook trying to get past. Well apart from the old "nudge him into the gravel trap at the last corner" thing  ;)

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 18:50

Kia is considering a BTCC entry.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 19:46

Nice to see so many manufacturers but the cars are fundamentally boring. I mean that Passat just looks silly.

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#140 Fastcake

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 20:13

Kia is considering a BTCC entry.


Great, the more the merrier. What I also think is good is how there are only two manufacturer supported teams, but a big variety of cars. That should help prevent a spending war, which is the last thing anyone wants.

#141 PayasYouRace

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 21:55

Especially given that many of these different cars are competitive too. It's not like just the works teams out front with a bunch of random privateers behind like in WTCC. BTCC has very good rule set right now.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 00:59

Kia is considering a BTCC entry.

So KIA is controlled by Ford. So just a rebadged car? Or at the very least mechanicals.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:10

So KIA is controlled by Ford. So just a rebadged car? Or at the very least mechanicals.


Where do you get that from?

Hyundai own a third of Kia. Ford had an interest back in the 1980s and 90s but were outbid by Hyundai when Kia went into administration in 1997.

#144 MrAerodynamicist

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:15

Especially given that many of these different cars are competitive too. It's not like just the works teams out front with a bunch of random privateers behind like in WTCC. BTCC has very good rule set right now.

Well, there is a lot of performance balancing. The Hondas kept having trouble last year because they were being made to run such low levels of turbo boost.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 21:09

Thruxton this weekend. Qualifying has proved to be a Honda Civic benefit, with Jordan again ahead of the Dynamics drivers, but anything can happen in the race, especially with the circuit's high tyre wear.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 21:11

Good run from TOC :up:

Wonder if the VW is getting better and he'll have decent race pace...

#147 midgrid

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:29

That was desperately unlucky for Jordan! Great result for Onslow-Cole.

#148 PayasYouRace

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:30

Gutted for Jordan. That would have been a great win for him.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:35

Oh boy, Thruxton lives up to its tyre-eating reputation yet again. Tough luck for Jordan (senior & junior). Good run by Tom. Great defence from Plato with maximum ballast though.

Must go to the circuit some time. Wish it wasn't so far away. The cars look so on the edge round the fast stuff. Wonder what view you get of somewhere like Church though?

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:50

Thruxton is a nice track to visit. Sadly I don't think there are any spectator areas round the back section :|