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Old 15 Jan 2016, 13:22 (Ref:3605053)   #16
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Just printed off the seeded entry list, can't find you listed. Spoke with you a couple of years ago at this event, is the Escort still orange?
Yep, still orange We're seeded 37th - hope we can make progress from there but it's a very strong entry (certainly the strongest for this event so far). We've not competed since March last year (when we damaged the engine) so we'll be rusty to start with (getting my excuses in early ). Really just hoping for a clean, reliable run - just had to buy new helmets/intercom/HANS so funds are tight!
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 15:03 (Ref:3605077)   #17
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Yep, still orange We're seeded 37th - hope we can make progress from there but it's a very strong entry (certainly the strongest for this event so far). We've not competed since March last year (when we damaged the engine) so we'll be rusty to start with (getting my excuses in early ). Really just hoping for a clean, reliable run - just had to buy new helmets/intercom/HANS so funds are tight!
Great stuff, I always prefer to take an interest in the small privateer guys, hats off to you and good luck for the event. Hopefully I'll stop by and say hello Sunday week, fingers crossed for a fine day otherwise the WRC cars and scoobies will run and away and hide.
I've started to take an interest in rally cars in recent years since the first event at BH and I am staggered by the amount of money some people are prepared to spend, 25k for a Millington engine! plus another huge lump for the sequential box and transmission, it's beyond belief. Great to watch though
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 15:53 (Ref:3605094)   #18
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Great stuff, I always prefer to take an interest in the small privateer guys, hats off to you and good luck for the event. Hopefully I'll stop by and say hello Sunday week,
Pop over any time we're in service - assuming we're not looking stressed and frantically trying to fix something! (then again if it's something technical the chances of me fixing it are pretty much zero - I'll just be keeping an eye on the clock whilst Martin and the other guys sort it out!).

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fingers crossed for a fine day otherwise the WRC cars and scoobies will run and away and hide.
Not sure - the Darrians are real weapons on an event like Brands, they'll be tough to beat whatever the weather. If it's dry then as you say it'll really be game on - there are some phenomenally quick cars on that entry list. Hopefully it will either be properly wet or totally dry - makes tyre choice easy!

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I've started to take an interest in rally cars in recent years since the first event at BH and I am staggered by the amount of money some people are prepared to spend, 25k for a Millington engine! plus another huge lump for the sequential box and transmission, it's beyond belief. Great to watch though
Yep, to some extent it's a chequebook sport (as is any form of motorsport). Having said that there are some very quick 'cheap' cars out there - look out for the Newton brothers in their 1400 Nova (car 36) especially if it's wet, that thing is rapid. We've got a sequential box in the Escort but the engine is way down on power compared with the front runners in the class - we're giving away 80+bhp to cars like the 306 Maxi and some of the other Escorts. Our car is also heavy, our brakes aren't top notch, suspension is average, the tyres will be "the best of a bad bunch". We've had some top ten finishes over the years but I can't see that happening on this event - there are just too many quick cars out there (last time we did this event we were seeded 26 this time we're 37 so there's at least 11 more crews that should be quicker than us!).

At the end of the day it's just a hobby and we're there to have fun - which is easy in a Mk2 Escort
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 16:29 (Ref:3605104)   #19
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Is there any way of following the live timings other than a smart phone which I do not possess?
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 17:00 (Ref:3605115)   #20
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Is there any way of following the live timings other than a smart phone which I do not possess?
Not that I know of - general standings and quickest stage time will obviously be handled by the commentator (possibly Andrew Coley? He's done it before). Printed copies of the stage times will be posted in rally HQ (either in one of the hospitality suites or the kentagon probably).
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 17:07 (Ref:3605117)   #21
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Not that I know of - general standings and quickest stage time will obviously be handled by the commentator (possibly Andrew Coley? He's done it before). Printed copies of the stage times will be posted in rally HQ (either in one of the hospitality suites or the kentagon probably).
Many thanks, have a good one.
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 19:46 (Ref:3605170)   #22
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There will be live timings going out on a results website as per previous years, I'd expect them to be on http://www.vola-racing.com/rallypro/nicholls/ but that's something I'll be able to confirm nearer the time.
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 20:21 (Ref:3605181)   #23
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There will be live timings going out on a results website as per previous years, I'd expect them to be on http://www.vola-racing.com/rallypro/nicholls/ but that's something I'll be able to confirm nearer the time.
Thanks for that info. Good luck for the event.
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Old 22 Jan 2016, 12:23 (Ref:3607087)   #24
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Just looking at the stage maps for the event...

http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/media/4...ams_v1_msa.pdf

...would I be correct in assuming that spectating will be restricted to between the Kentagon and Clark Curve?
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Old 22 Jan 2016, 12:39 (Ref:3607091)   #25
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Just looking at the stage maps for the event...

http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/media/4...ams_v1_msa.pdf

...would I be correct in assuming that spectating will be restricted to between the Kentagon and Clark Curve?
I wouldn't have thought so - usually you can get anywhere except the outer paddock. Up by the Kentagon the stage goes onto/off the circuit through the access gate and then down into the outer paddock so there's no pedestrian access that way (although there might be a manned crossing point that can be used between stages?). Walking the other way around the circuit you can get up to Druids (and the inside of Druids has been open in the past), South Bank and the spectator area at Paddock is open as well as some viewing on the 'rally school' section.
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Old 22 Jan 2016, 13:01 (Ref:3607096)   #26
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I wouldn't have thought so - usually you can get anywhere except the outer paddock. Up by the Kentagon the stage goes onto/off the circuit through the access gate and then down into the outer paddock so there's no pedestrian access that way (although there might be a manned crossing point that can be used between stages?). Walking the other way around the circuit you can get up to Druids (and the inside of Druids has been open in the past), South Bank and the spectator area at Paddock is open as well as some viewing on the 'rally school' section.
The last time I went to the Brands Hatch rally (which I think was 2012!) there was no crossing point by the Kentagon and you couldn't get further than South Bank. Looking at where some of the stages finish, I did wonder what the situation was with access to South Bank.

The grandstands on the main straight did provide a good view for spectating, but were a bit distant for photos, so I thought I'd ask as things may have changed since the last time I was there!
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Be sure if you are going to get advance tickets, its a bit pricy at 16 quid on the day without.
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The last time I went to the Brands Hatch rally (which I think was 2012!) there was no crossing point by the Kentagon and you couldn't get further than South Bank. Looking at where some of the stages finish, I did wonder what the situation was with access to South Bank.

The grandstands on the main straight did provide a good view for spectating, but were a bit distant for photos, so I thought I'd ask as things may have changed since the last time I was there!
Ah ok - I'm only going on what I see as we go around the stages! I know there were people at the inside of Druids as I gave my son a wave as we went around I think access might have been different when the stages ran up past Hailwoods but the stage finishes this time are all on the circuit or rally stage so I can't see there being an issue with south bank.

I'm sure someone in the know (Suze) will be able to confirm though.
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Suze is supposed to be competing and not involved in the event....

But....reality is....!

I don't know the spectator access area at the moment I'm afraid as I've not seen the maps that Brands Hatch normally produce and I can't see it on their website. I've asked the question of the organising team and I'll reply when I hear.

thunder - re a long range forecast - I just google if I want one for a holiday etc, and use whatever result comes up! Not got a particular website I use.
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