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PostSubject: Re: BTCC 2013   Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:12 pm

Sunday will be remembered for Rob Austin's debut win in race 2, the cheer in the main grandstand was the loudest i've heard at a race for a long time, although it helped that a large portion of the spectators were in the covered main stand as the weather wasnt spectator friendly, and even though the forecast rain didn't last, it was extremely windy. All it needed was to allow Rob back onto the main straight and do donuts a la nascar (a missed opportunity there Rockingham and TOCA)
Andrew Jordan took the championship lead with 2 great wins either side of the Rob Austin one, and Lea Wood has now secured the inaugral Jack Sears Trophy for the year after Liam Griffin had a race weekend to forget with loads of problems.
A crash in race one's opening lap put Dan Welch out with a damaged car and damaged Coccyx - ouch. Andy Neate's weekend also came to an end with damage as well. Let's hope Dan is feelinbg better soon, not sure that he'll make Silverstone though.
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PostSubject: Re: BTCC 2013   Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:59 am

Itís been excellent to see RWD cars being able to win consistently. The turbo engines and softer compound definitely favours RWD, as the tyres degrade quicker and itís better to steer from the rear on old tyres.

On the other hand, the FWD cars are more resilient in heated battles with the ability to stay in the gas if the car gets sideways, there is more initial pace in opening laps and FWD is mostly better in the wet, too.

The Audi A4 is a very good base package; saloon for good aerodynamics, long wheelbase for good stability and RWD for more traction and reduced tyre degradation.

Kudos to Plato for not crashing into Turkington in race 3. He had several chances to tap Turkingtonís BMW, but didnít. If that was Neal or Shedden, they would have dumped Turkington.

It was thankfully a shocking weekend for Matt Neal; the championship is suddenly a lot more interesting.

The Silverstone layout is a bit crap, isnít it? Itís about time they utilised more corners.

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PostSubject: Re: BTCC 2013   Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:27 am

They could do with using the other part of the layout starting at the Wing and turning right from the complex onto Hanger Straight. The main reason being lack of access for paying punters, Alan Gow wants the general public to be able to get up close and unless or until Sillystone add a bridge or tunnel from Club or Abbey it's not gonna happen.
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PostSubject: Re: BTCC 2013   Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:19 am

There might be a hotel but I doubt there will be a bridge or tunnel. Personally I'd demolish the wing and use the old (correct) pit lane.
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PostSubject: Re: BTCC 2013   Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:01 am

Why canít the old Grand Prix layout be used?

When I recently went Silverstone, the old section of Abbey, Bridge and Priory were all still there. They hadnít been dug up. BTCC used to be epic on the old GP layout, with arguably more action than on the current layout.

The reconfigured GP layout would be too long for BTCC, but the old GP layout strikes a nice balance between enough turns and not allowing the field to get too spread out.

The current BTCC layout isÖCopse, a right-hand turn in Maggots, Brooklands and Luffield Ė that is just boring. Brands Indy is short, but it is an awesome layout Ė this isnít.

Alan Gow is right to want to retain the old pit straight that is more accessible for spectators. But, that doesnít mean that a longer layout canít be used.

Come to think of it, is Silverstone even planning to put an under-pass to the Silverstone Wing for spectators? The current solution is unacceptable.

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PostSubject: Re: BTCC 2013   Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:45 am

They should use the old gp Circuit. Bridge alone is an awesome corner.
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