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Old 26 Sep 2022, 15:38 (Ref:4127537)   #286
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Having worked with Motorbase before - are there any bridges burnt there?

Hill knows the Focus (assuming he stays with the team), although that might 'fix' them to Osborne in the second car too.

I still think a 'Boardley' TBL is the most likely - maybe as another WSR customer?
I'm not aware of any issues over the way MB and Motorbase parted company, but that's not to say there weren't any. I almost mentioned Osbourne; not sure how much of a fixture he is within the team, but assumed it was less than Morgan/Moffatt.

I assume you mean acquiring both Boardley TBLs and forming a new 2-car squad using a completely different team doing the engineering. That paying for the TBL purchase and funding the build of 2 new cars - that's quite a big investment.
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Old 26 Sep 2022, 16:02 (Ref:4127542)   #287
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I'm not aware of any issues over the way MB and Motorbase parted company, but that's not to say there weren't any. I almost mentioned Osbourne; not sure how much of a fixture he is within the team, but assumed it was less than Morgan/Moffatt.

I assume you mean acquiring both Boardley TBLs and forming a new 2-car squad using a completely different team doing the engineering. That paying for the TBL purchase and funding the build of 2 new cars - that's quite a big investment.
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.
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Old 26 Sep 2022, 17:43 (Ref:4127548)   #288
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Would that mean an influx of 'Meeting with Shaun' tweets clogging up the airwaves?
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Old 26 Sep 2022, 18:41 (Ref:4127556)   #289
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It’s going to be very interesting I think
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Old 26 Sep 2022, 20:09 (Ref:4127573)   #290
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HARD? no comment
Ye of little faith! I'm sure the Hills would love working with HARD again!
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Old 27 Sep 2022, 07:25 (Ref:4127626)   #291
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I had a feeling Shaun was still involved. MB Motorsport are really just a rebrand of AMD.
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Old 27 Sep 2022, 11:05 (Ref:4127651)   #292
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Wouldnt be surprised to see Plato stay.. hes said hes having second thoughts.
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Old 27 Sep 2022, 11:47 (Ref:4127656)   #293
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Wouldnt be surprised to see Plato stay.. hes said hes having second thoughts.
I agree. He knows how good that Civic can be with the right powerplant. Hints of BTC Racing's engine plans in Steve Dudman's audio interview that came through on my Spotify the other day.
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Old 27 Sep 2022, 12:39 (Ref:4127659)   #294
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Wouldnt be surprised to see Plato stay.. hes said hes having second thoughts.
Perhaps how big or little a send-off he gets at Brands might be a clue. Was nowhere at Silverstone though.
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Perhaps how big or little a send-off he gets at Brands might be a clue. Was nowhere at Silverstone though.
Was still very close to Cook for the most part in reality. Due to incidents and things opening up, Cook managed to get up a bit in R2 for a reverse grid pole, but then got mugged too easily. Cook, in that car, at Silverstone should have had an easy lights-to-flag win if it was working anywhere near like it should be.

I would love to see Plato have another season in that car. A season in a "peak" BTC Honda would have been a perfect send-off, so it seems a real shame to only get it in what is really an "experimental" season for Hybrid, and with a lousy engine that doesn't suit the car. Particularly seeing as Plato has always been more vocal than anyone in the past about the shortcomings of the TOCA engine.

Also a shame for Cook, as given the Hybrid ups and downs of other cars, if he had the BTC Honda firing on all cylinders (not literally), on paper I'd have said this should have been his year to win his first title.
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Also a shame for Cook, as given the Hybrid ups and downs of other cars, if he had the BTC Honda firing on all cylinders (not literally), on paper I'd have said this should have been his year to win his first title.
I do feel for him. Could be a big part of silly season - stay on with BTC and the good chassis in the hope that the engine situation is different next year? Or make the move elsewhere, where he might have a better chance at the title?
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I do feel for him. Could be a big part of silly season - stay on with BTC and the good chassis in the hope that the engine situation is different next year? Or make the move elsewhere, where he might have a better chance at the title?
If it were me - I would opt to stay with a chassis that is proven and a team he has built a good working relationship with - and hope that the engine issues can be resolved.
Speedworks has shown that the installation (if you get on top of it) can be a front-runner.
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Old 27 Sep 2022, 14:32 (Ref:4127673)   #298
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A lesser driver and/or a driver less familiar than Cook with that car would be absolutely nowhere, so he's worked miracles to get to where he is this season really. It does show that if they get back on top of the car and engine situation then it will be the best place for him to be.

The Dynamics Honda hasn't been all that this season, and that's with a Honda engine, so the engine position and a number of other things obviously aren't working all that great with the Hybrid system. But it's still clearly quicker than the BTC Honda this year, whereas it's consistently been the other way round in recent past years.
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I was thinking about this after Parfitt said that. One would also imagine that the Vauxhall Astras may be in their final season too given that the bodyshape/model has been in use for 6 seasons. There is a new Civic Type R on sale, so maybe Team Dynamics could bring that to the BTCC.

If Laser Tools want to stay with RWD, I guess their options are either to try and buy BMWs (if you can't beat them, join them) or maybe bring a brand like Audi back to the BTCC? The Audi RS 3 could be a good fit.

From a more general POV. Team HARD could probably build more CUPRAs too, but given those cars have a relative lack of performance, I can't imagine Laser Tools would be massively interested in them. I also wonder if Motorbase, Speedworks, and Excelr8 would sell the Focus, Corolla, and i30N to other teams.

Some cars that would seem to logically fit the regulations - '22 Audi RS 3, '22 Vauxhall Astra, '22 Honda Civic Type R, 3rd-gen Peugeot 308, VW Golf Mk8, Alfa Romeo Giulia

Some wildcards - the '21 Volvo V60/S60, Jaguar XE, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class/B-Class/C-Class, Renault Megane, KIA Ceed/Proceed.

Also, I'm not sure if any of the current MINI range is the correct dimensions? From memory, the MINI Hatch 5-door, and Clubman look about right.

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.
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The RWD A4, a la Rob Austin, always looked very lairy and like the driver was rarely in control, in comparison to a "proper" RWD car like the BMW, which always looked absolutely planted.

That said, the Infiniti resembles the Audi more than the BMW in full flow, but that suited Sutton and his driving style, hence why no one else has ever been anywhere in an Infiniti, apart from Moffat to a point when he had Sutton to help him.
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