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Old 29 May 2017, 17:33 (Ref:3737194)   #21
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Originally Posted by touring fan01 View Post
I was talking TV audience. It's silly to think BTCC should take second place to series that have a very very small following in this country. do you think NASCAR or Australian v8 series would alter their calendar because there is a blancpain race that hardly anyone watches on TV (by comparison) on the same weekend in Italy for example? of course not.
I think you're misunderstanding my point (and why BTCC has moved the date). NASCAR and Blancpain (or Australian V8s) aren't happening in the same country, nevermind on close proximity. So nobody needs to move a date because they aren't really tripping over each other.

However BTCC was hosting a race weekend on the same weekend as WEC and ELMS, and only 60 miles away. It wasn't the TV clash that was the problem, it is splitting the gate attendance and marshal resources between the sites. And then to add insult to injury, 70 miles the other direction from BTCC was British GT at Oulton Park. So again, the gate attendances take a hit, and marshals get diluted further. They had a marshal making this point on the Midweek Motorsport podcast that this wasn't really sustainable.

You're right about TV, but TV wasn't the problem. The finite number of fans, marshals and resources in a very condensed area wasn't good for any of the series. WEC has problems moving because a lot of drivers do double duty with Formula E and Blancpain, whilst for BTCC it was a relatively simple move - and that's exactly what they've done. Potentially you'll raise attendances and improve marshalling on both weekends because of that move, so it's great to see BTCC look at the wider motorsport picture and move a weekend or two over.
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