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Old 26 Jul 2019, 14:31 (Ref:3919450)   #5281
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Robin Marriott should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Not sure why it even really matters. HMS were there, Austin did some laps, nobody knows what boost/ballast/bits they were running, they set some times. Who cares about the non existent drama of it all?
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Old 26 Jul 2019, 14:31 (Ref:3919451)   #5282
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Get over it, if Gow was happy for them to turn up, then what’s the problem? The other teams didn’t seem to mind Rob being there
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 07:33 (Ref:3923594)   #5283
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Nice idea for the fans but I can see some issues - https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/...setup-for-fans


The teams will still have to have the fuel drums etc on the paddock side as they can't be stored in the pitlane plus they all have closed backs to their garage setups which they're going to have to do something about to get the cars in and out.
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 07:44 (Ref:3923596)   #5284
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My brain is telling me walls will have to be knocked down... (unless I'm out of date again!)

Fans are allowed in pit lane during the lunch break/ autograph session so a decent view is afforded albeit for a short time.

And the cars are being worked on pretty much constantly, how many hard working mechanics get to put their feet up for a buttie and cuppa 'til the car leaves the garage for it's final outing of the day?
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 08:10 (Ref:3923600)   #5285
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I remember they did it round the back at Silverstone in 06. Worked quite, no reason why it can't again
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 08:16 (Ref:3923602)   #5286
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Silverstone no problem as the garages are massive compared to most circuits. Other circuits not so much.
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 08:19 (Ref:3923603)   #5287
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Indeed, Snet, Oulton and Thruxton are limited.
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 09:02 (Ref:3923606)   #5288
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Silverstone no problem as the garages are massive compared to most circuits. Other circuits not so much.
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Indeed, Snet, Oulton and Thruxton are limited.
From the BTCC website (Gow):

'Normally the garages are ‘dressed’ and set-up to face the pit-lane so are really only seen by ourselves – the fans usually just get to see the back walls of the garage and all the messy bits. By effectively reversing the pit garages so that the front faces into the paddock, they will get to see everything going on inside. If it works – which I’m sure it will – in addition to Silverstone, the same layout could also be used at Donington Park and Snetterton – anywhere we can make plenty of room behind the garages. This will create a more immersive atmosphere as the fans can watch the teams and drivers preparing for their races. Then, when the cars need to be on track, the team will just push the car back and out the pit-lane door. '
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 09:05 (Ref:3923607)   #5289
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Fair enough, there is room behind the garages at those circuits. The is also a fire corridor immediately behind the garages so I hope they don't infringe on that. Especially at Donington where the lady fire marshal is particularly vicious.
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 09:25 (Ref:3923608)   #5290
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But the trucks park behind the garages, team access into & out of the garages with tools & bits etc (including the huge tyre trolleys) is through the back of the garages. Surely encouraging spectators to access this area is going to be very awkward for the teams?
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 11:17 (Ref:3923618)   #5291
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From the BTCC website (Gow):

'Normally the garages are ‘dressed’ and set-up to face the pit-lane so are really only seen by ourselves – the fans usually just get to see the back walls of the garage and all the messy bits. By effectively reversing the pit garages so that the front faces into the paddock, they will get to see everything going on inside. If it works – which I’m sure it will – in addition to Silverstone, the same layout could also be used at Donington Park and Snetterton – anywhere we can make plenty of room behind the garages. This will create a more immersive atmosphere as the fans can watch the teams and drivers preparing for their races. Then, when the cars need to be on track, the team will just push the car back and out the pit-lane door. '
That makes more sense. The original autosport article (changed since) didn't mention directly that it would only apply to certain tracks.
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 13:18 (Ref:3923626)   #5292
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But the trucks park behind the garages, team access into & out of the garages with tools & bits etc (including the huge tyre trolleys) is through the back of the garages. Surely encouraging spectators to access this area is going to be very awkward for the teams?
Goodness I bet TOCA agent thought this through at all and will take onboard all of the "advice" being offered........or maybe they have and it will just be fantastic....
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 13:31 (Ref:3923629)   #5293
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 17:52 (Ref:3923656)   #5294
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Indeed, Snet, Oulton and Thruxton are limited.
At Thruxton the cars are in the awnings and you can already stand and watch the cars being prepared. The garages are just used by the teams to watch the races on their monitors and if they are fortunate enough to have their trucks/awning behind the garages, they can push their cars through and out into the pitlane.
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Old 27 Aug 2019, 13:14 (Ref:3924347)   #5295
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https://twitter.com/teamhardracing/s...966067200?s=21

Interesting image here showing a CC in a plain livery...

So... is it a spare car? A non BTCC spec show car? An old picture? Or has a HARD driver stepped down?
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