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Old 7 Apr 2017, 16:53 (Ref:3724389)   #1
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Donington Park rounds 4,5 & 6 2017

next weekend we got the BTCC hitting Donington Park and hopefully got the start line shunts out of the way from last time out.

I wonder what role our bank holiday weather going to play a part as normally bank holiday = rain
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Old 7 Apr 2017, 17:28 (Ref:3724402)   #2
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Interesting to see whether MG and Subaru are back on the pace. HARD should do well, Epps and Hill really shone at Brands and Donington should suit the VWs more.

Hoping for 6 different winners in 6 races again!
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Old 7 Apr 2017, 17:48 (Ref:3724413)   #3
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Matt Neal has no ballast on a track where the Honda always went well

so expect him front row
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 14:47 (Ref:3725863)   #4
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MG and Subaru will be in a better place with zero ballast.
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 20:08 (Ref:3725954)   #5
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Interesting point from Tin Top Tuesday was that Tom Chilton mentioned Kevin Berry was involved in some of the design work for the PMR Astra, obviously squeezed that in between leaving BMR & rejoining WSR 😉
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 20:43 (Ref:3725966)   #6
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Interesting point from Tin Top Tuesday was that Tom Chilton mentioned Kevin Berry was involved in some of the design work for the PMR Astra, obviously squeezed that in between leaving BMR & rejoining WSR 😉
Building up some FWD data before WSR change to the next 1-series?
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 03:57 (Ref:3726032)   #7
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Building up some FWD data before WSR change to the next 1-series?
He's a motorsport consultant through his company Code Automotive.
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He's a motorsport consultant through his company Code Automotive.
So not quite leaving and joining teams as was described?

All the same, perhaps it was an ideal opportunity to gain more NGTC FWD data and experience, that can be useful to have in the portfolio.
Has he worked with many other FWD NGTC cars do you know?
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 08:18 (Ref:3726053)   #9
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Has anyone read the BMW/WSR press release ahead of the Donington rounds? Turks, Collard and Bennetts all get in a mention that Donington is a "FWD circuit". I found that an interesting thing to read in all three statements...

http://www.wsr-racing.com/team-bmw-want-more-success
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 10:04 (Ref:3726064)   #10
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MG and Subaru will be in a better place with zero ballast.
Mat Jackson is also very light - disappointing at Brands and a shame to lose a potential R3 win / podium.
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Mat Jackson is also very light - disappointing at Brands and a shame to lose a potential R3 win / podium.
With so many potential front-runners in the field this season, I suspect every round will see quite a few of the fancied cars running low ballast.

This time, we have (of the predicted pre-season favourites):

0 ballast - Neal, Austin, Taylor-Smith, Plato and the Brands pole man J.Smith.

All of the BMWs have some ballast on, so perhaps their 'reminder' that Donington is a FWD circuit also compensates for some possible slower times in qualy?
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Has anyone read the BMW/WSR press release ahead of the Donington rounds? Turks, Collard and Bennetts all get in a mention that Donington is a "FWD circuit". I found that an interesting thing to read in all three statements...

http://www.wsr-racing.com/team-bmw-want-more-success
It's possibly because of the sweeping bends and the often bad weather which really does the BMW no favours.
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So not quite leaving and joining teams as was described?

All the same, perhaps it was an ideal opportunity to gain more NGTC FWD data and experience, that can be useful to have in the portfolio.
Has he worked with many other FWD NGTC cars do you know?
He designed the Mg in 2012 and was with triple eight for years. He is a WSR employee, but the consultancy will be a year round job.
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IHe designed the Mg in 2012 and was with triple eight for years. He is a WSR employee, but the consultancy will be a year round job.
Ahh right. Thanks for the clarification. Perhaps I misunderstood it and read it as an employee who was moving teams.

I understand a lot of information does move around the paddock, it seems strange to me (as an outsider) for a WSR employee to be assisting any of their opposition?
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Ahh right. Thanks for the clarification. Perhaps I misunderstood it and read it as an employee who was moving teams.

I understand a lot of information does move around the paddock, it seems strange to me (as an outsider) for a WSR employee to be assisting any of their opposition?
Maybe "employee" was the wrong word. He's more of a contractor. It's not unusual if he's got his own consultancy company. For example, the Audi Le Mans engineers were outside contractors too, it's how a lot of them operate. The btcc is a 6 month season, they need to fill in the other months with work too.
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I think we could see a suprise HARD VW win, maybe R3. Hill & Epps going very well in FP1 so far; hopefully they can continue that over the weekend
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