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Old 28 Sep 2022, 12:33 (Ref:4127757)   #301
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RS3 uses a transverse engine with a Haldex rear diff... so would only be able to run FWD in BTCC. You need to look at the A4 for a "RWD" BTCC Audi as it the smallest Audi with a longitudinal mounted engine. Other options are jag, merc c class or alfa guilia.
Oh yes I hadn't realised that.

Even as a FWD car though it would be cool to see one in the BTCC.

I do hope someone takes a gamble on a Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Alfa Giulia. Would definitely add some more premium brands to the championship and I would imagine look quite cool on track as well.
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Old 28 Sep 2022, 12:57 (Ref:4127758)   #302
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I had a feeling Shaun was still involved. MB Motorsport are really just a rebrand of AMD.
AMD is/was a team. The MB car is not run by AMD any more than MB.

Nonetheless I wouldn't be surprised to see MB want to add a second entry for 2023, most probably for Jewiss, unless he wants to go Supercup.

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Old 28 Sep 2022, 13:07 (Ref:4127760)   #303
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You need to look at the A4 for a "RWD" BTCC Audi as it the smallest Audi with a longitudinal mounted engine. Other options are jag, merc c class or alfa guilia.
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The A5 Sportback is 5mm shorter, 4mm narrower and 42mm lower than the A4.

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The A5 Sportback would make a stylish addition to the grid I feel.

Although given current showroom trends, we're probably going to end up with a Mazda CX-60 representing the future of RWD in the BTCC
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Old 28 Sep 2022, 13:13 (Ref:4127761)   #304
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I'm not sure of the specifics - but I thought Pete Osborne's involvement at Motorbase meant that Sam was always likely to be part of the deal.

In respect to them getting a new set of engineering - Shaun Hollamby is still involved with the MB Motorsport team (AFAIK). He tweeted only today about 'our engineer' (Craig) being in hospital and his profile describes himself as 'Team Manager @MB_Motorsport' (although he tagged the wrong MB account ).

MB Motorsport has run a 2-car team successfully before in 2020 with Hollamby and Blundell at the helm - I'm sure they could do the same again.
Thank you for the prompt ref the wrong MB account!!
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Old 28 Sep 2022, 13:15 (Ref:4127762)   #305
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Would that mean an influx of 'Meeting with Shaun' tweets clogging up the airwaves?
Careful what you wish for!!
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Old 28 Sep 2022, 13:56 (Ref:4127763)   #306
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and hopefully Craig is starting to feel better?

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You know that that now means - because the comment referred to 'clogging up the airwaves' that will soon make its way onto a table with an AmD entry sponsored by Airwaves as confirmed!!!!
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Old 29 Sep 2022, 10:04 (Ref:4127823)   #307
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and hopefully Craig is starting to feel better?



You know that that now means - because the comment referred to 'clogging up the airwaves' that will soon make its way onto a table with an AmD entry sponsored by Airwaves as confirmed!!!!
Yes Craig is feeling much better thanks and will be back on the "cans" at Brands!

Or it could be an AmD entry sponsored by a Dutch shoe manufacturer?!

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Old 29 Sep 2022, 11:16 (Ref:4127835)   #308
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4 support series for 2023 - Porsche Cup, F4, Mini Challenge and TBA. Forth slot likely to rotate between different series, at least for next year

Gow on a new junior series: "If someone comes to me with a new junior package for 2024, the right one will get a slot."

Motorbase looking at RWD car. Suggestions that they have already submitted an Audi proposal in a BTCC teams meeting. Pete Osbourne: "We’ve been looking at Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and Audi – there are three. We did look at the Jaguar as well, but it just looks like it will be controversial.”
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Old 29 Sep 2022, 11:36 (Ref:4127837)   #309
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Even as a FWD car though it would be cool to see one in the BTCC.
I'm sure it would be as terrible at the FWD Audi S3 that Jake Hill miraculously managed to wrestle to the front on a few occasions!
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From today's Autosport:

4 support series for 2023 - Porsche Cup, F4, Mini Challenge and TBA. Forth slot likely to rotate between different series, at least for next year

Gow on a new junior series: "If someone comes to me with a new junior package for 2024, the right one will get a slot."

Motorbase looking at RWD car. Suggestions that they have already submitted an Audi proposal in a BTCC teams meeting. Pete Osbourne: "We’ve been looking at Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and Audi – there are three. We did look at the Jaguar as well, but it just looks like it will be controversial.”
Hopefully with one less support, we'll get to see more races of the others...

Very interesting & exciting re Motorbase, wouldn't have expected they'd move away from the Focus whilst it's still very competitive. Hopefully if they are replaced they are picked up elsewhere on the grid.
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Old 29 Sep 2022, 13:15 (Ref:4127844)   #311
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More on the Motorbase potential car switch
https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/...cer-/10376003/
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- NAPA on board for another 3 years
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-Sutton and Cammish confirmed for '23 and '24

When it comes to the BTCC, announcing a multi-year deal usually means that combination won't be happening.
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More on the Motorbase potential car switch
https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/...cer-/10376003/
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- NAPA on board for another 3 years
I wonder, would a potential new car be just two for NAPA, whilst Apec continue with the Focuses.
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Excited to see what car Motorbase decide to run. Audi would be great to have back, so I'm kind of hoping that is the case
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Hopefully with one less support, we'll get to see more races of the others...
I would hope that would be the case.

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Very interesting & exciting re Motorbase, wouldn't have expected they'd move away from the Focus whilst it's still very competitive. Hopefully if they are replaced they are picked up elsewhere on the grid.
It is a surprise, but to be the best you've got to evolve I guess. Sutton and Carrozza's experience with RWD may be the best way to get more titles, and while Cammish hasn't raced an RWD touring car, you don't become a 3x Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion without being quick with a RWD car...

Building 4 new cars is doable, especially for a larger team like Motorbase. Personally, I can't see Motorbase trying to run two different cars next year, but I guess we won't know until probably December-January time of their full plans.

As the Focus is a relatively 'recent' car (2020), I wonder if a team like Power Maxed could be tempted to buy a couple to replace the ageing and largely uncompetitive Astras?
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