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Old 28 Mar 2014, 19:40 (Ref:3385805)   #1
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BTCC rounds 1-3 Brands Hatch Indy thread



It all begins here. Andy Jordan running the #1, 7 former champions at the front of a grid almost full of potential race winners and a whole host of championship contenders.

Weather forecast is dry and surprisingly warm, considering the circuit last year saw light snowfall and frigid weather.

My personal prediction, the stable drivers, Andy Jordan, Jason Plato and Sam Tordorff will be fastest out of the box, but from the testing times at Donington, Alain Menu might not be far behind and the old-hands really need to get a race win or two early on before the returnees, rookies and veterans in new machinery manage to catch up.
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Old 28 Mar 2014, 19:59 (Ref:3385812)   #2
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BTCC IS BACK!!!

cannot wait for the start

Predictions this weekend, Andy Jordan will be up there expect him to grab pole to be honest, would love to see turkington get a win this weekend, also think the new civic tourer could shock a few maybe a podium
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Old 28 Mar 2014, 21:42 (Ref:3385843)   #3
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I predict we see some safety cars, thank you timRTC for starting this thread. I say Plato might get a good start
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Old 28 Mar 2014, 22:39 (Ref:3385859)   #4
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Plato winning the first 2 races and leaving as championship leader
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Old 28 Mar 2014, 23:55 (Ref:3385880)   #5
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Plato winning the first 2 races and leaving as championship leader
Isn't that what happens EVERY year?
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 00:14 (Ref:3385883)   #6
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Isn't that what happens EVERY year?
yes and every year he loses the title

BTW I am really fed up with this Plato most successful BTCC winner ever thing

it insults the previous BTCC drivers Plato has 30 races per year while the likes of Andy Rouse had just 10 races per year , even the super tourers had just 20 races instead of 30 , totally unfair comparison

yes he won many races but the conditions were totally different
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 00:19 (Ref:3385886)   #7
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yes and every year he loses the title

BTW I am really fed up with this Plato most successful BTCC winner ever thing

it insults the previous BTCC drivers Plato has 30 races per year while the likes of Andy Rouse had just 10 races per year , even the super tourers had just 20 races instead of 30 , totally unfair comparison

yes he won many races but the conditions were totally different
Yes but Rouse and others didn't have weight and mixed up grid penalties to contend with.
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 00:38 (Ref:3385889)   #8
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yes and every year he loses the title

BTW I am really fed up with this Plato most successful BTCC winner ever thing

it insults the previous BTCC drivers Plato has 30 races per year while the likes of Andy Rouse had just 10 races per year , even the super tourers had just 20 races instead of 30 , totally unfair comparison

yes he won many races but the conditions were totally different
Super Touring was usually 26 races a season, 13 meetings.

It can't really be doubted that Plato is amongst the top drivers to have raced in the series.
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 07:50 (Ref:3385972)   #9
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Well looking forward to this weekend, Here in Kent the sun is shinning and the temperature is rising, should be a classic opening round
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 08:27 (Ref:3385983)   #10
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Down to 30 cars. Dan Welch will sit out Brands as his car isn't finished.
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 08:55 (Ref:3385995)   #11
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"Possession and retention of a TBL includes an obligation from each entrant to contest all BTCC events for each season entered. An entry that is unused for one event in any season will void its TBL, and an entry that misses two events will have its entry rescinded for the balance of the season."

So as I read it: as long as he turns up for Donington, he'll be okay to compete the rest of the year but he no longer has a TBL (and hence no guarantee of a place in 2015-6). If he misses Donington, then he's at the mercy of TOCA to let him enter Thruxton.
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yes and every year he loses the title

BTW I am really fed up with this Plato most successful BTCC winner ever thing

it insults the previous BTCC drivers Plato has 30 races per year while the likes of Andy Rouse had just 10 races per year , even the super tourers had just 20 races instead of 30 , totally unfair comparison

yes he won many races but the conditions were totally different
You're right in that the conditions were very different, but like him or loathe him, Plato is one of the most successful touring car drivers there's ever been... and every bit as good as Andy Rouse - and I've seen both of them in their prime.
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 09:51 (Ref:3386012)   #13
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after FF1 looks bad for Motorbase, only 15th and 16th, BMR Restart looks much better , both VW in top 10
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 10:25 (Ref:3386017)   #14
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So as I read it: as long as he turns up for Donington, he'll be okay to compete the rest of the year but he no longer has a TBL (and hence no guarantee of a place in 2015-6). If he misses Donington, then he's at the mercy of TOCA to let him enter Thruxton.
Yeah Welch have lost one of their TBLs. Alan Gow was looking to reclaim one anyway.
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 10:41 (Ref:3386025)   #15
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The Toyotas aren't looking too hot either. 13th, 19th, 21st, 26th, and 27th.
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