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Old 4 Jul 2014, 08:11   #1
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BTCC 2015 silly season

I hope it isn't too early for this! There are just over 4 weeks until Snett, so let's do something, erm, constructive, in the time in between.

Obviously, with Mr Plato bashing the RWD package, he's said a few times that he has to switch to RWD for next season. Whether this is a red-mist comment or him genuinely planning on RWD for next season remains to be seen...

...however, Motorbase have all but confirmed running BMWs for 2015.

However, there are these: http://www.brosnan-racing.com/?galle...c-2015-project
http://www.btcccrazy.co.uk/btcc/red-...60-intentions/

Andy Neate is also looking to return in 2015, apparently. But, of course, there are only 31 TBLs...
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Old 4 Jul 2014, 14:51   #2
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I would put a vote in for 888 moving to BMW's, which would tie in well with their sportscar activity. Only problem is that it's unlikely they would get a works deal from BMW, so would be reliant on sponsors and am I right in thinking that Tesco/KX is in it's final year?

On the subject of 'works' entries, I've not seen the usual rumours of any new manufacturers looking at it, unless someone knows different!
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On the subject of 'works' entries, I've not seen the usual rumours of any new manufacturers looking at it, unless someone knows different!
So Volvo and Kia haven't confirmed entries yet?!
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Old 4 Jul 2014, 15:31   #4
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The much rumoured Volvo BTCC entry was dependent on 3rd party funding to run the cars. I know that a particular sponsor was interested in covering this on the basis that the cars ran entirely in their corporate colours, but I believe that Volvo allegedly wanted to retain control over the livery so that it still had Volvo 'look and feel', so that was a no go.....
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Wasn't there a rumour on one if the threads that Vauxhall had contacted 888 about running Astras next season.
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Wasn't Red Pheonix Racing confirmed as a no-go? A brief Googling brings nothing apart from the original announcement on BTCC Crazy.
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Calendar: Brands Hatch Indy, Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park Island, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill, Rockingham, Silverstone, Brands Hatch GP.

Can anyone see any variation from that? Does anyone want to see any variation from that? I personally would like to see the calendar stick as it is, if it ain't broke don't fix it! If the past is anything to go by, this will be confirmed between Rockingham or Silverstone or at one of those two events.

Supports will remain, I expect to see Ginetta and Renault make some subtle changes to boost entries. Of course there is the introduction of FIA F4, which I expect to become a major Junior Single Seater attraction from the get go.

The BTCC. 888 will stay front wheel drive, at least with Marc Hynes who I understand is staying in an MG.

Honda may revert to Hatchback, stick with Estate or switch to the Type R.

I expect to see the Motorbase 3 Series at Snetterton, although I think that is just my personal hunch and nothing else.

I hope to see Giovanardi and Menu stay and without new manufactures in the WTCC, I think if the correct package is provided then they will remain.

I think Gow will want to retrieve a TBL, from where I do not know. I imagine there could be a large team wanting to downsize or a small squad who cannot fund 2015.
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Maybe wait until there is any news or even rumours (not idle speculation) relating to 2015? Otherwise it's just going to become a spam-fest.
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I suppose that by starting a thread with a link to an old 2013 article about a 2014 entry that never materialised, then things can hardly go downhill from there.

On the subject of tracks, the new owners of Mallory Park are making noises about wanting to attract back BSB and BTCC at some point in the future (but not 2015). I'm not sure how much substance there is in this. Here's the article anyway.

http://www.crash.net/bsb/news/206326...sb-return.html

Some of the talk about future RWD entries by current teams is surely just part of a political game they are playing, designed to encourage the BTCC organisers to slap somekind of performance handicapping on the current RWD cars.
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I suppose that by starting a thread with a link to an old 2013 article about a 2014 entry that never materialised, then things can hardly go downhill from there.

On the subject of tracks, the new owners of Mallory Park are making noises about wanting to attract back BSB and BTCC at some point in the future (but not 2015). I'm not sure how much substance there is in this. Here's the article anyway.

http://www.crash.net/bsb/news/206326...sb-return.html

Some of the talk about future RWD entries by current teams is surely just part of a political game they are playing, designed to encourage the BTCC organisers to slap somekind of performance handicapping on the current RWD cars.
It wouldn't surprise me if by the end of the year there is an additional rwd weight penalty. It's muddied a bit though by past rules. When the supertouring bmw's had their 60kg of extra weight, they were very different cars. Bespoke suspension setup designed for rwd, plus they had na engines which aided engine braking far more than the current turbos, which have much less engine braking.
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If more RWD cars are built for next year, I wonder if TOCA will go the GT route and ask teams to submit cars for performance balancing testing pre-season with netutral driver, in an attempt to head off any equivalency issues? I recall that SRO did this pre the FIA GT World Champs with Frentzen driving all the cars.
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So far TOCA have a track record of reactive performance balancing. I think TOCA were wrong to slap the longer first gear on in one of the shorter inter-race windows. Especially with the testing regulations.

But everyone threatening to use RWD was nothing more than smoke and mirrors, with the exception of Motorbase. Bartrum could well show up next year (or earlier) with a BMW, more out of brand loyalty.
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British Touring Car Championship street race remains unlikely despite last week's announcement that more closed-road motorsport events will be allowed in the UK
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There RWD v FWD debate is given detailed treatment in this Autosport Plus article. I get the feeling that something will be done to arrest the progression of the WSR cars for next year... meaning we're likely to see a status quo in terms of many of the cars/teams.
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