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Old 15 May 2018, 16:51 (Ref:3822636)   #376
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Not quite sure where to put this, but Guy Smith after this weekend will semi-retire from racing. He'll no longer be a full time Bentley factory driver, but will still do testing and development, and will now mainly lead factory support programs for customer teams.

Story on SC365 and DSC.
Great career and nice to see him continue on with the brand.

South African Jordan Lee Pepper will be taking his seat post Silverstone, interested to see how he will show after his work wit Abt last year.
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Old 15 May 2018, 18:55 (Ref:3822660)   #377
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Old 16 May 2018, 00:49 (Ref:3822728)   #378
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Not quite sure where to put this, but Guy Smith after this weekend will semi-retire from racing. He'll no longer be a full time Bentley factory driver, but will still do testing and development, and will now mainly lead factory support programs for customer teams.

Story on SC365 and DSC.
Thats a fair surprise. Whenever I think of Bentley Motorsport I think of Guy Smith and vice versa-good to see he's not stepping down altogether and is still working within the team in another role.
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Old 18 May 2018, 15:50 (Ref:3823271)   #379
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Castrol Honda Racing will enter a PRO class NSX for Spa 24.
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Old 18 May 2018, 17:52 (Ref:3823290)   #380
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Castrol Honda Racing will enter a PRO class NSX for Spa 24.
If that livery stays as per the picture it will win a whole load of fans.....
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Old 19 May 2018, 12:57 (Ref:3823373)   #381
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Great career and nice to see him continue on with the brand.

South African Jordan Lee Pepper will be taking his seat post Silverstone, interested to see how he will show after his work wit Abt last year.

Pepper talks about the call up and more
http://gt-place.com/2018/05/18/im-ge...jordan-pepper/ (English version below)
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Old 19 May 2018, 17:04 (Ref:3823408)   #382
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Surprised to see it be Pepper rather than Seb Morris, but good luck to him; big shoes to fill!
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Old 19 May 2018, 21:03 (Ref:3823427)   #383
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What happened to Michael Broniszewski at Monza, it was mentioned he suffered injuries but i cant remember seeing anything.
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Old 19 May 2018, 21:06 (Ref:3823430)   #384
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Did anyone notice ROWE Racing has switched around its new lineups with John Edwards, Ricky Collard and Nick Yelloly in the No. 98 BMW M6 GT3 and Jens Klingmann, Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn in the No. 99 car?
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What happened to Michael Broniszewski at Monza, it was mentioned he suffered injuries but i cant remember seeing anything.
He fell over in the paddock and badly injured his hand.
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Old 20 May 2018, 11:13 (Ref:3823531)   #386
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Had a great day at Silverstone for the Free practice on Saturday, its great to see those cars stretch their legs and run. Compared to Brands Hatch a few weeks ago there were almost no spectators there, only the "hardcore" fans. Had a brief walk round the paddock and there are a lot of series who should take a look at what SRO do, its so open and relaxed and all the teams don't mind you having a look in which is how it should be.

Anyway here my vid from the days action if anyone interested:

https://youtu.be/LQjltO1v3rk
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Old 20 May 2018, 13:49 (Ref:3823542)   #387
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The #76 pole sitting Aston Martin received a penalty after qualifying for not having any data in the data logger after the session. The team appealed so are racing under protest.

https://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/...-regulations.-

#90 Mercedes changed car after qualifying due to an engine issue, they felt it was quicker to swap cars rather than engines. They will have a stop go penalty.

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Old 20 May 2018, 16:17 (Ref:3823572)   #388
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Had a great day at Silverstone for the Free practice on Saturday, its great to see those cars stretch their legs and run. Compared to Brands Hatch a few weeks ago there were almost no spectators there, only the "hardcore" fans. Had a brief walk round the paddock and there are a lot of series who should take a look at what SRO do, its so open and relaxed and all the teams don't mind you having a look in which is how it should be.

Anyway here my vid from the days action if anyone interested:

https://youtu.be/LQjltO1v3rk
I also attended yesterday, and I agree with you, it's one of my favourite events to attend. Shame about the attendance numbers. In a way it's nice to have the place to yourself but it's also disappointing for the series. There's an article on DSC which mentions that if attendance numbers aren't better today then the race might be under threat in the future. I can't understand how the F1 attracts 300,000 people each year. Where do these people disappear to for the rest of the year? More expensive, no paddock access, can't move seats on race day. It's beggars belief.
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Old 20 May 2018, 17:39 (Ref:3823584)   #389
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I also attended yesterday, and I agree with you, it's one of my favourite events to attend. Shame about the attendance numbers. In a way it's nice to have the place to yourself but it's also disappointing for the series. There's an article on DSC which mentions that if attendance numbers aren't better today then the race might be under threat in the future. I can't understand how the F1 attracts 300,000 people each year. Where do these people disappear to for the rest of the year? More expensive, no paddock access, can't move seats on race day. It's beggars belief.
I would suggest part of it is that the way GT3 racing is going, it's more about iconic races and less about championships. Silverstone is just another round of the championship. Let's be honest, Blancpain is Spa 24 hours, and a lot of other lesser stuff. Even as someone who loves Spa 24, and GT3, the sheer volume of SRO gets tedious / confusing at times, it's over saturation.

As for Silverstone, personally, and I'm sure plenty will disagree, I find is a pretty souless and boring place to watch racing. Compared to Spa, or somewhere like Brands, it's boring and corporate and not a spectator friendly venue.
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Old 20 May 2018, 18:35 (Ref:3823593)   #390
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As for Silverstone, personally, and I'm sure plenty will disagree, I find is a pretty souless and boring place to watch racing. Compared to Spa, or somewhere like Brands, it's boring and corporate and not a spectator friendly venue.[/QUOTE]

Have to agree with you ........

I grew up with the F1 GP alternating between BH and Silverstone and used to hate the years where it was based at that big old bomber base ......... but times change and we have to realise that the smaller 'real' circuits like BH just cannot safely contain the fastest cars of today.

But, I also agree that Spa just does it so much better! Went to the 24 hrs two years ago and other that Le Mans, there really isn't a better race to go to - great access, friendly stewards, almost unlimted photo opportunities - just a brilliant place to watch REAL racing drivers!

Silverstone is not designed for spectators or photographers at all and actually they really would rather you were not there at all! They make it as difficult as possible to take photos even if you have serious kit which I am fortunate enough to own ................... BH used to be great - until this year! The GP loop is now a waste of time due to the 'DTM' fences although it did mean that for the BP sprint two weeks ago I did manage to find a few places that I hadn't tried before.

Just a small antidote from the Spa 24 hrs two years ago ................ on the Thursday evening practice, I was in the paddock overlooking the exit from La Source and found a guy with full on climbing gear anchored to the top of the debris fencing, taking pictures over the top of the fence and no one batting an eye lid! In the UK he wouldn't have even got in with that much rope!

Also on the Tuesday afternoon when the Bronze driver test was still going on and other teams were completing scrutineering, we are walking up and down the live pit lane ......allowed because we were keeping out of the way and talking to all the teams - just brilliant!

Going again this year, as I cannot think of any where else that can produce this sort of atmosphere where everybody is welcome.

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged - take note Silverstone!
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