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Old 29 Jul 2020, 18:33 (Ref:3991478)   #31
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If BTCC is classified as Elite Sport this week, what makes you think that will change by next week?
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 18:37 (Ref:3991479)   #32
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If BTCC is classified as Elite Sport this week, what makes you think that will change by next week?
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 18:51 (Ref:3991483)   #33
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I think you are somewhat wilfully misinterpreting their statement. There is no reason to think any other round of the BTCC will be considered different to Donington Park.

You'll have to wait until either a) the guidance for spectators at elite sports events changes or b) the BTCC is re-evaluated as not being an elite event.
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 18:56 (Ref:3991484)   #34
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I think you are somewhat wilfully misinterpreting their statement. There is no reason to think any other round of the BTCC will be considered different to Donington Park.

You'll have to wait until either a) the guidance for spectators at elite sports events changes or b) the BTCC is re-evaluated as not being an elite event.
If the standard of driving is up to the usual standard then it certainly won't be classed as elite.
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 18:59 (Ref:3991485)   #35
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don't really understand how that's classified as elite but british f3/gt isn't. btcc has gentleman racers mixing it with the yoof too

still, i suppose it's yet another demonstration of how everyone is learning on the hoof with this pandemic. even government.
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 19:05 (Ref:3991486)   #36
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Well if Professional Cricket is allowing some spectators attend then why not the BTCC, Ruddy annoying that outdoor activities that can easily be social distanced by limiting numbers are being picked on.
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 19:13 (Ref:3991488)   #37
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don't really understand how that's classified as elite but british f3/gt isn't. btcc has gentleman racers mixing it with the yoof too

still, i suppose it's yet another demonstration of how everyone is learning on the hoof with this pandemic. even government.
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Well if Professional Cricket is allowing some spectators attend then why not the BTCC, Ruddy annoying that outdoor activities that can easily be social distanced by limiting numbers are being picked on.
It's just a guess, but I wonder if some of the decision comes down to the status of governing body and regulation hierarchy?

TOCA is the highest level of governance for the BTCC, and there is no higher international series running to NGTC regs.
SRO is the governing body for many international series, which run to the same regulations as British GT. So British GT would not be seen (by the UK Govt) as being at the top of that category's hierarchy of competition.

Similarly for professional cricket - in the UK, the national series is not the top of the hierarchy.

The 'professionalism' of a sport is not the factor, but where it sits in the global hierarchy.
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don't really understand how that's classified as elite but british f3/gt isn't. btcc has gentleman racers mixing it with the yoof too
Me neither. I assume it's due to BTCC's 'manufacturer' teams and 'professional' drivers, or at least the perception that such things exist.

I reality we can't expect non-motorsport fans and random government departments to understand the nuisances of different series.
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 19:40 (Ref:3991492)   #39
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Me neither. I assume it's due to BTCC's 'manufacturer' teams and 'professional' drivers, or at least the perception that such things exist.



I reality we can't expect non-motorsport fans and random government departments to understand the nuisances of different series.
"nuisances" - perfect

I did know what you meant!

Are they simply classifying "elite" as "likely to attract N thousand spectators", i.e. "really popular"?
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when was last time we had a Plato free BTCC season ?
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 20:16 (Ref:3991501)   #41
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"nuisances" - perfect

I did know what you meant!

Are they simply classifying "elite" as "likely to attract N thousand spectators", i.e. "really popular"?
I think there are other factors:

- BTCC is without question the most important championship in the UK (as the BSB is on two wheels)
- BTCC has significant live TV coverage (as BSB does)
- BTCC gets the biggest crowds of any national championship
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Old 29 Jul 2020, 21:01 (Ref:3991509)   #43
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Oh well we will just have to watch it on itv4
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Well if Professional Cricket is allowing some spectators attend then why not the BTCC, Ruddy annoying that outdoor activities that can easily be social distanced by limiting numbers are being picked on.
Only about 4 people go to cricket.

Football no fans until at least October.
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Hey, there were quite a few more than that watching Kent last season, ok not a lot more but some of us like cricket as well as motorsport
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