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Old Yesterday, 16:55 (Ref:3869216)   #1981
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Hes only taking one seat out of 30, still got plenty of room for top class drivers in the series
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Old Yesterday, 17:04 (Ref:3869219)   #1982
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a thought out of the blue


could it be Rob Austin at AMD ?

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Old Yesterday, 17:10 (Ref:3869222)   #1983
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Nicholas Hamilton is a good bloke, and not the worst driver out there, just as the same can be said about Mark Howard, Stewart Lines or countless other gentleman drivers.

It does frustrate me a bit that he'll be on the grid over quicker guys who don't have the budget or marketability, but that's motorsport. We've all been involved for long enough to know that talent is (more often than not) not enough to secure a place on the grid. Especially in a series like the BTCC.
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Old Yesterday, 18:00 (Ref:3869230)   #1984
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hamilton has as much right to be on the grid as anyone else.
I wouldn't dispute that. It's not the first time, and certainly won't be the last time, we have a driver with more budget than talent. I don't really have a problem with that - it's just the reality of motorsports these days.

My issue is not with Hamilton being on the grid, it's with the idea that anyone seriously considers him a 'big name'.
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Old Yesterday, 18:07 (Ref:3869234)   #1985
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I wouldn't dispute that. It's not the first time, and certainly won't be the last time, we have a driver with more budget than talent. I don't really have a problem with that - it's just the reality of motorsports these days.

My issue is not with Hamilton being on the grid, it's with the idea that anyone seriously considers him a 'big name'.
I was talking in terms of the team owners - who, in terms or publicity, budget and huge sponsors, would definitely consider him a big name.

Like others have said, just a shame that this comes above race results.


Back on track, we have a double AmD announcement due next week apparently.
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Old Yesterday, 18:41 (Ref:3869248)   #1986
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I was talking in terms of the team owners - who, in terms or publicity, budget and huge sponsors, would definitely consider him a big name.

How many other drivers can claim that their multiple WDC brother dropped in to watch him race in the BTCC? That happened a couple of years ago at Croft, when LH helicoptered in after the end of race 1 and flew out again before the start of race 3.


Some of that "glitter" rubs off on sponsors and the team, and is something that no other team in the BTCC will benefit from.
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Old Yesterday, 20:42 (Ref:3869265)   #1987
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I was talking in terms of the team owners - who, in terms or publicity, budget and huge sponsors, would definitely consider him a big name.

Like others have said, just a shame that this comes above race results.


Back on track, we have a double AmD announcement due next week apparently.
We'll have an announcement from a different team this week.
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We'll have an announcement from a different team this week.
Driver? Sponsor? #HARDs new 2019 model year bobble hats?

Maybe PMR?
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Driver? Sponsor? #HARDs new 2019 model year bobble hats?

Maybe PMR?

There will be something said on twitter, and i think we will hear something else before Christmas and again in the new year, most likely on a week day and involving cars, drivers and sponsors, at least one of these announcements will provoke a conversation while another may be underwhelming
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Old Yesterday, 22:34 (Ref:3869300)   #1990
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Mmmmmmm... Could Jason Plato be driving an FWD bobble hat? Will a BMR Subaru become the new Prime Minister? Will Kent be annexed by Mr Putin thus it won't be BTCC anymore but RBTCC? Have the recently unemployed Daleks decided to pilot race cars for a living? What is the record for daft questions in a single post on this thread? And who is Hong Kong Phooey?
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RCIBRacing (which was the MGs last season, and I presume is now the AmD-prepped Hondas) has been tweeting about Aiden Moffatt today.
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RCIBRacing (which was the MGs last season, and I presume is now the AmD-prepped Hondas) has been tweeting about Aiden Moffatt today.
RCIB have sponsored Aiden for the last few years
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There will be something said on twitter, and i think we will hear something else before Christmas and again in the new year, most likely on a week day and involving cars, drivers and sponsors, at least one of these announcements will provoke a conversation while another may be underwhelming
Someone has a major case of I know something you don't know!!
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I wouldn't dispute that. It's not the first time, and certainly won't be the last time, we have a driver with more budget than talent. I don't really have a problem with that - it's just the reality of motorsports these days.

My issue is not with Hamilton being on the grid, it's with the idea that anyone seriously considers him a 'big name'.
understand why you'd feel that way, though he's arguably a big name for a lot of casual spectators (who, being realistic, make up a solid percentage of any touring car crowd). whilst your good self and many of the others posting on this thread may not be swayed by a famous brother - the biggest active name in global motorsport, arguably - it does bring him attention. and his story of hard work and overcoming his disability resonates with a lot of people. a lot of folk will root for him - perhaps not as their cap or fleece of choice, but they'll look out for him, want to hear from him and want to meet him.

that makes him a big name, i guess.
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