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Old 13 Jan 2018, 15:31 (Ref:3792483)   #1291
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Looks like he is gonna stay in the WTCC by the sounds of it
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 16:10 (Ref:3792489)   #1292
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I would be surprised to see Huff in WTCC. He demands paid seat, not to pay for his drive and in BTCC he won't find paid drive. So I think he'll be in WTCR, either in Mnnich or Leopard. As far as I remember he even said about his connections to both teams which can be comfortable to him to find a drive in WTCR.
Completely agree; Huffy needs to earn his keep and doesn't have enough personal sponsorship. He'll run in WTCR. Senna Proctor will be back at PMR subject to a bit more funding being found so I here.

JP being a guest at Flux is significant: they, I'm sure, would have said driver if that were the case. Or maybe the PR people are being clever in the wording to leave us dangling...
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 18:46 (Ref:3792514)   #1293
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So did Plato not give anything away today?
Being on the Adrian Flux stand I am guessing one of the following:
Still hammering out a deal to race for BMR.
Still in contract and doing final dutys before switching to a new team.
Not racing this year and being an ambassador for Flux.
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 19:52 (Ref:3792519)   #1294
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So did Plato not give anything away today?
Being on the Adrian Flux stand I am guessing one of the following:
Still hammering out a deal to race for BMR.
Still in contract and doing final dutys before switching to a new team.
Not racing this year and being an ambassador for Flux.
Or talking to Adrian Flux about extending their sponsorship to a team with no TBL's and no cars he is about to take over? Just saying.
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 21:07 (Ref:3792526)   #1295
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He's racing. It's the where. Think he'll have to be tied down, de-socked and ferociously tickled with feathers...
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 21:09 (Ref:3792527)   #1296
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Just a quick add, at Autosport today they had Neal, Jordan, Sutton, Shedden and Turkington together on the live stage and Matt confirmed that they have new cars in build and the first one should be complete by end of Feb as they have a week in Spain testing booked. Also said the new cars have longer wheelbase but better drag and downforce than the old cars.
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 21:30 (Ref:3792531)   #1297
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Youd think Dynamics would have been further along i the build than that, considering how long the current model has been out. But then again we can see what a peculiar place the BTCC can be.
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 22:18 (Ref:3792540)   #1298
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Any news on the some of the other outfits? Maximum, lazer, etc
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 10:04 (Ref:3792638)   #1299
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Youd think Dynamics would have been further along i the build than that, considering how long the current model has been out. But then again we can see what a peculiar place the BTCC can be.
Yes, must admit was expecting at least a rolling shell for ASI, but that said, this build seems to be taking no longer that their first NGTC build, plus you forget that the last few 'builds' have been mainly aero and bodywork tweaks and not ground-up design and builds.
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 14:06 (Ref:3792680)   #1300
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Frankly I'm amazed at Dynamics lack of progress; contrast with the relative minnow like Simon Belchers HMS who have done a deal and built a motor in next to no time. It's not like the new Civic was a last minute idea; it goes back to middle of last summer allegedly. I'd love to see a prepared and on it Rob Austin muller Flash and Matt. 😊
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 14:24 (Ref:3792684)   #1301
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Frankly I'm amazed at Dynamics lack of progress; contrast with the relative minnow like Simon Belchers HMS who have done a deal and built a motor in next to no time. It's not like the new Civic was a last minute idea; it goes back to middle of last summer allegedly. I'd love to see a prepared and on it Rob Austin muller Flash and Matt.


The Alfa is a current model so a body shell is available to start prepping. HMS only have to build one car for the start of the new season.

The new Type R is only just available so Team Dynamics have probably had to wait longer to get their hands on a new shell, if they even have it yet. They will need to build 2 cars for the new season so building a rolling shell for the tyre kickers at ASI is not a priority.


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Old 14 Jan 2018, 17:04 (Ref:3792701)   #1302
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...also I imagine when TD build a car from scratch they put a lot more R&D and design work into it. That's why their cars are up near the top on a regular basis and some smaller builds struggle to break the mid-pack consistently.

Not knocking HMS's efforts, but the NGTC formula has proven it's not hard to build a car from scratch, but to build a good one takes time and effort.
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 17:50 (Ref:3792707)   #1303
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Saw Plato was on the main stage today - the live stream misses the start of his interview. Anyone catch any hints about his plans for 2018?

All I heard was how he "can't wait to get stuck in".
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 18:32 (Ref:3792716)   #1304
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...also I imagine when TD build a car from scratch they put a lot more R&D and design work into it. That's why their cars are up near the top on a regular basis
IIRC, the last NGTC car that they built from the ground up was only completed in the week before the 1st round. With the second of the cars only getting its shakedown on the Saturday?

That car though, as reported at Wikipedia:

'being the first [...] built fully to the Next Generation Touring Car specification. [...] the first NGTC car to win a BTCC race [...] winning the drivers' championship,[...] the team winning the team's championship [...] winning the manufacturers' title.'

So I wouldn't be too concerned just yet about TD not having a car at ASI.
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 20:05 (Ref:3792729)   #1305
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They'll be hoping it's not like the 07 Civic.... A non runner at media day and it's 4th season before it reached it's potential.
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