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Old 12 Jan 2018, 14:02 (Ref:3792273)   #301
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Well there were plenty of TCR cars at the Autosport show - a couple did look to be 'confirmed' with drivers names in windows etc but there were a lot with a 'drive available' look about them too.
the motorbase golf has I'm Available actually written on it
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Old 12 Jan 2018, 17:00 (Ref:3792312)   #302
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the motorbase golf has I'm Available actually written on it
I can't find any records of a Mr Available with a suitable racing licence? 😀
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Old 12 Jan 2018, 17:51 (Ref:3792326)   #303
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I can't find any records of a Mr Available with a suitable racing licence? 😀
He normally races under the pseudonym 'TBA'
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 14:06 (Ref:3792467)   #304
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Well there were plenty of TCR cars at the Autosport show - a couple did look to be 'confirmed' with drivers names in windows etc but there were a lot with a 'drive available' look about them too.
Are you thinking of the Motorbase Golf? (Drivers name I. M. Available...)

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Old 13 Jan 2018, 15:25 (Ref:3792480)   #305
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TCR UK is saved! They finally have the last thing they needed. An official (yes, official) suspension partner (not even supplier) https://www.touringcartimes.com/2018...-debut-season/

I'm sure more important news will come out but who needs a suspension partner. Does any other championship around the world have a suspension partner?

Apologies to Íhlins. They'll probably do a great job
BTCC have technical partners as well and they had similar announcements when those were made.
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 15:26 (Ref:3792481)   #306
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And WTCC had KW as a partner for ages.
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Old 13 Jan 2018, 23:35 (Ref:3792559)   #307
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TCR UK is saved! They finally have the last thing they needed. An official (yes, official) suspension partner (not even supplier) https://www.touringcartimes.com/2018...-debut-season/

I'm sure more important news will come out but who needs a suspension partner. Does any other championship around the world have a suspension partner?

Apologies to Íhlins. They'll probably do a great job
You are new to (auto)sport? It's normal series and championships have sponsors.
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Old 14 Jan 2018, 09:37 (Ref:3792635)   #308
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The last time I watched NASCAR they had the "Official Breakfast Cereal" of NASCAR and "Official Male Razer of NASCAR". So..yeah.
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Old 15 Jan 2018, 08:03 (Ref:3792812)   #309
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The suspension post is ironic, guys.
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Old 15 Jan 2018, 09:58 (Ref:3792834)   #310
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so its gone past the biggest launchpad of the year at the autosport show with still no new drivers or teams announced.

nothing surer this series is a dead parrot
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Old 15 Jan 2018, 12:16 (Ref:3792866)   #311
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I think the actual costs pitched to drivers are quite different to originally estimated.

Is TCR UK aimed at the weathy amateur or karting younggun with a career plan? if its the former then it if you were spending your money on this or a GT4 car, telling your family and friends you race a Ferrari or Aston on weekends is a bit more exclusive than saying a Civic or Golf. Dave Bartrum said as much himself when announcing their British GT plans a few years ago.

The career kid gets a nice car but less exposure for backers than an F4/3 or Clio Cup run would do. Its worked well for Josh Files though.

Also is it aimed at teams running fleets, like Century/PYRO/Stancombe of old? or single cars towed behind a van etc?

I fear the UK racing landscape has changed so much in 12 months thats its potential place in the ladder has already disappeared. It'll run this year but for a long term? I'm not so sure.The concept works well abroad because of a lack of quality alternatives in national racing ladders.
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Old 15 Jan 2018, 12:17 (Ref:3792869)   #312
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I'm still thinking dead parrot too: even the ill fated B TEC had a driver announced - Kieran Gallagher.

The I M Available Golf might have been for sale rather than looking for a pilot!
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Old 15 Jan 2018, 12:39 (Ref:3792873)   #313
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I think that every single TCR car available in the UK must have been at the NEC for the Autosport show over the last 4 days, on one stand or another.

They look like great cars and they are versatile enough to race in many series from Britcar/ Creventic to more club level stuff such as 750mc Club Enduro or CSCC, where some cars have already appeared.

Expensive hammers to crack the latter club level nuts, though!!! Should be cheaper to run than most GT4 cars, and certainly cheaper than BTCC but no real exposure.

Maybe the organisers should have run the cars as a TCR defined class within Britcar where more than one driver can share costs; teams could then have rented the cars out for other races in between for additional income?

Personally I hope that TCR UK does succeed as I do think there is a need for a multi-marque step between Clio and BTCC but maybe not this year?
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