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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:53 pm 
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Not sure if Mods can make this official, but I could not find a thread for this great championship which started today!

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For those who love great close racing, well worth a watch... not on paid TV.. ITV4 is the place to watch it... Along with the support races, Clio Cup, Porsche Carrera Cup and this year joined by Formula Ford.. FUN FUN FUN


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:57 pm 
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Brilliant First race at Brands Hatch in Kent, Freezing conditions making it hard for drivers to get tyre heat! New Soft compound this year, which has to be used at one of the races at the weekend and cannot be used for Qualifying.. this season is looking closer than ever!

2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - Brands Hatch Indy - Race 1

1 Jason Plato MG KX Momentum Racing 27 Laps
2 Andrew Jordan Pirtek Honda +2.168
3 Rob Austin WIX Racing +6.130
4 Sam Tordoff MG KX Momentum Racing +7.781
5 Jeff Smith Pirtek Honda +8.245
6 Frank Wrathall Dynojet +13.622
7 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing +16.948
8 Colin Turkington eBay Motors +18.923
9 Aron Smith Airwaves Racing +20.253
10 Ollie Jackson Speedworks Motorsport +22.114


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:34 pm 
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The BTCC hasn't interested me as much recently as it did in the mid-late nineties. I'll try and catch some of the coverage this year, but can't head to Donington Park to see it live as it clashes with a weekend when I'm away.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:39 pm 
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The best days of btcc is when we had the manufacture teams against each other.

In 1998, Ford, Vauxhall, Renault, Volvo, Audi, Honda, Nissan, Peugeot...!!!!!

It's gone downhill since, with the independent teams now, but still, the racing is decent.

I was impressed by Rob Austin today.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:37 pm 
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First time watching BTCC today after only caring about F1 for so many years

Races seem a lot more exciting than I'd thought.. Wheel to wheel, shunting and the 'championship ballast' is interesting. Missed the start of the third race, does that apply to that one as well? Didn't understand how the grid worked for the third race either, but then I switch off whenever I see Chris Evans.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:52 pm 
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Race Weekend Format
The BTCC season consists of ten events (or rounds), each featuring three races of equal distance. That’s 30 races for the entire season, with points in all 30 counting towards each driver’s end-of-season score.

The three races take place on Sundays (race days). Saturdays are used to stage the practice and qualifying sessions. On Saturday morning there are two 40-minute practice sessions that enable the teams and drivers to hone their cars to suit each circuit’s characteristics. In the afternoon, a 30-minute qualifying session is held. The times from this decide the starting grid order for the first of Sunday’s three race. If drivers have set equal times, the one who set it first will start ahead of the other.

The starting grid for the second of Sunday’s three races is decided by the finishing order of the day’s first race. Sunday’s third race grid is then decided by the finishing order of the second race but, uniquely, with the leading positions reversed. The number of positions to be reversed becomes known only after race two when a number between six and ten is drawn.

Success Ballast
After both the first and second races on Sunday, the following weight handicaps are added to the top five finishers’ cars before the start of races two and three respectively: 1st = 45kgs; 2nd = 36kgs; 3rd = 27kgs; 4th = 18kgs; 5th = 9kgs. Sixth place or lower does not carry any ballast. After race three, the same amounts of ballast are added to the cars of the five highest-placed drivers in the championship in time for the next round when their cars must take part in practice, qualifying and race one carrying that extra weight. Ballast allocation is decided by the order in which the drivers cross the finish line – eg. if a driver finishes race one in second place but is then relegated places in the official results or even excluded (possibly due to a rules infringement) his or her car must still carry second-placed ballast in race two


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2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - Brands Hatch Indy - Race 2

1 Jason Plato MG KX Momentum Racing 49.124
2 Andrew Jordan Pirtek Honda +0.989
3 Jeff Smith Pirtek Honda +4.958
4 Matt Neal Honda Yuasa Racing +5.073
5 Sam Tordoff MG KX Momentum Racing +5.454
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing +5.874
7 Mat Jackson Airwaves Racing +6.640
8 Colin Turkington eBay Motors +7.086
9 Dave Newsham Speedworks Motorsport +7.295

* Following a report from the eligibility scrutineer - Gordon Shedden (01) has failed the post-race ride hight test, and as such will be excluded from the race result.


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2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - Brands Hatch Indy - Race 3

1 Matt Neal Honda Yuasa Racing 27 laps
2 Gordon Shedden Honda Yuasa Racing +0.083
3 Sam Tordoff MG KX Momentum Racing +1.216
4 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing +2.171
5 Jason Plato MG KX Momentum Racing +3.651
6 Andrew Jordan Pirtek Honda +4.727
7 Jeff Smith Pirtek Honda +6.026
8 Frank Wrathall Dynojet +6.430
9 Colin Turkington eBay Motors +9.508
10 Mat Jackson Airwaves Racing +10.133


Was a huge crash in this race... Dave Newsham lost his Speedworks Toyota Avensis at Paddock and clipped the unfortunate Rob Austin, causing the Audi to crash into the barriers. Both drivers escaped unharmed. major damage to the Audi wonder if he will be able to get repaired in time for the next race at Donington


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:43 pm 
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Glad Matt Neal won a race, big fan of his as Team Dynamics is based just round the corner.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:51 pm 
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That was a good watch today. Definitely something I will be watching more this year, great close racing.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:59 pm 
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Angel De La Muerte wrote:
2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - Brands Hatch Indy - Race 2

1 Jason Plato MG KX Momentum Racing 49.124
2 Andrew Jordan Pirtek Honda +0.989
3 Jeff Smith Pirtek Honda +4.958
4 Matt Neal Honda Yuasa Racing +5.073
5 Sam Tordoff MG KX Momentum Racing +5.454
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing +5.874
7 Mat Jackson Airwaves Racing +6.640
8 Colin Turkington eBay Motors +7.086
9 Dave Newsham Speedworks Motorsport +7.295

* Following a report from the eligibility scrutineer - Gordon Shedden (01) has failed the post-race ride hight test, and as such will be excluded from the race result.

Gutted for Sheddon, he drove an awesome race in race 2. Had to go to work after race 2 so didn't catch the reverse grid, but good first day of the season.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:59 pm 
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How can Shedden drive from last to 0.083s behind his teammate driving an equal car + Shedden had extra success ballast! It is not unusual to see a last - podium when a car has no ballast (ie crashed out early on in previous race) but he had more than his teammate who started 4th.

Have watched BTCC since around 06 or so and loyally since 09 (The first year I found a calendar for each event as it is poorly advertised) & go to Knockhill each year, great to watch. It is perfect when F1 is not on!

Shedden to win hopefully. It looks to be between Shedden & Plato. Neal & Jordan pushing them & Turkington we haven't seen properly yet. Jackson, Tordoff, Austin & Wrathall (who was uncharacteristically dirty today in race 2) Hopefully can get a few wins, even in race 3

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:00 pm 
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minchy wrote:
Angel De La Muerte wrote:
2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - Brands Hatch Indy - Race 2

1 Jason Plato MG KX Momentum Racing 49.124
2 Andrew Jordan Pirtek Honda +0.989
3 Jeff Smith Pirtek Honda +4.958
4 Matt Neal Honda Yuasa Racing +5.073
5 Sam Tordoff MG KX Momentum Racing +5.454
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing +5.874
7 Mat Jackson Airwaves Racing +6.640
8 Colin Turkington eBay Motors +7.086
9 Dave Newsham Speedworks Motorsport +7.295

* Following a report from the eligibility scrutineer - Gordon Shedden (01) has failed the post-race ride hight test, and as such will be excluded from the race result.

Gutted for Sheddon, he drove an awesome race in race 2. Had to go to work after race 2 so didn't catch the reverse grid, but good first day of the season.


Race 3 Shedden was even better - similar to Thruxton & Rockingham last year, just that it was dry

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