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Old 20 May 2018, 19:22 (Ref:3823602)   #391
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Can't even watch the race in the US. Live timing on their site doesn't even work. Sure wish it were easier to follow.
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Old 20 May 2018, 19:28 (Ref:3823604)   #392
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Can't even watch the race in the US. Live timing on their site doesn't even work. Sure wish it were easier to follow.
I've seen reports that the NISMO TV version of the stream sometimes works in the US, whilst GT World is always blocked. Might not work, but worth a try -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1vXiE_53iQ
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Old 20 May 2018, 20:27 (Ref:3823616)   #393
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Great day at Silverstone today, I have to disagree with the naysayers on here. The venue provides some really nice opportunities to see the cars, and sure the landscape isnít as exciting but I go every year to look at the cars not the scenery.

Anyone who doesnít enjoy 50 GT3s bombing round Silverstone needs to think about whether the sport is right for them.

Itís not on my top list of circuits but Iím pleased to have a Uk round of Blancpain endurance and would rather it there than not at all.

In addition to the good on track action there was great access as always with SRO to paddock, pits, grid walk, etc
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Old 20 May 2018, 20:59 (Ref:3823623)   #394
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Great day at Silverstone today, I have to disagree with the naysayers on here. The venue provides some really nice opportunities to see the cars, and sure the landscape isnít as exciting but I go every year to look at the cars not the scenery.

Anyone who doesnít enjoy 50 GT3s bombing round Silverstone needs to think about whether the sport is right for them.

Itís not on my top list of circuits but Iím pleased to have a Uk round of Blancpain endurance and would rather it there than not at all.

In addition to the good on track action there was great access as always with SRO to paddock, pits, grid walk, etc
It's a lot more than the landscape, it's things like grandstand access, and photography opportunities. Compared to other circuits, the viewing experience isn't great.

I would suggest it is nothing to do with "Anyone who doesnít enjoy 50 GT3s bombing round Silverstone needs to think about whether the sport is right for them." I love the sport as much as anyone else, but Silverstone has been clinging on based on its reputation for far too long, rather than the product it is proving. It isn't a Blancpain issue, WEC at Silverstone has the same problems.

Blancpain should be an easy sell to the UK. The fact the on track product is good, yet it isn't selling tickets suggests the problem is something else, I would suggest Silverstone is a big part of it.
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Old 20 May 2018, 21:22 (Ref:3823634)   #395
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I've seen reports that the NISMO TV version of the stream sometimes works in the US, whilst GT World is always blocked. Might not work, but worth a try -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1vXiE_53iQ
Nope, but thanks anyway. Geoblocked like the rest of the streams.
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Old 20 May 2018, 23:26 (Ref:3823664)   #396
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Bit too long for me to watch at this time of night
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Old 21 May 2018, 06:46 (Ref:3823693)   #397
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So Aston was very quick. Tge 76 car dominated. Haven't seen that sort of difference for a while.

Is this a combo of R Motorsport/JOTA developments combined witb a more generous BOP? After all it's quite an old car.

Mega move by Martin in the 62 to get Buurman on the last lap into Stowe which was missed by messrs Jones and Watson
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Old 21 May 2018, 07:17 (Ref:3823698)   #398
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So Aston was very quick. Tge 76 car dominated. Haven't seen that sort of difference for a while.



Is this a combo of R Motorsport/JOTA developments combined witb a more generous BOP? After all it's quite an old car.



Mega move by Martin in the 62 to get Buurman on the last lap into Stowe which was missed by messrs Jones and Watson


Not sure it was a bop advantage as the Mercedes stuck solid to the 76 for the first 2/3Rds of the race. Maybe just well suited to the track

Car age in theory shouldnít matter in a bop formula
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Old 21 May 2018, 08:24 (Ref:3823706)   #399
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I think it would be good to see what difference BOP made. Some cars are better than others anyway. Some cars are still good with age
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Old 21 May 2018, 10:34 (Ref:3823724)   #400
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Anyone who doesnít enjoy 50 GT3s bombing round Silverstone needs to think about whether the sport is right for them.
50 GT3 cars (hell, even 10 GT3 cars) bombing round a circuit is a fantastic sight (and sound)...

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Great day at Silverstone today, I have to disagree with the naysayers on here. The venue provides some really nice opportunities to see the cars, and sure the landscape isnít as exciting but I go every year to look at the cars not the scenery.
...but Silverstone is still the most soulless circuit in the UK.

Despite my massive displeasure with what has happened at Brands, there is more character in one corner of Brands than there is in the entire of Silverstone...

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Itís not on my top list of circuits but Iím pleased to have a Uk round of Blancpain endurance and would rather it there than not at all.
...that said, this is a fair point. Blancpain is one of my favourite current race Championships as it's great it makes two stops in the UK.
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Old 21 May 2018, 11:18 (Ref:3823738)   #401
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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.
Disagree with you 100%. How's it over saturation? Sure you have GT3 with GT Open, British GT, 24 hour series, Britcar, GT cup etc, but where else in the UK can you see 40+ GT3 cars competing. Only once a year at Silverstone with the Blancpain Endurance Championship.

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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.
Yes it might not be as picturesque as Brands Hatch or Oulton Park, but at least the cars can actually race, and overtake, at Silverstone. The sprint cup the other week was basically the Monaco GP.

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It's a lot more than the landscape, it's things like grandstand access, and photography opportunities. Compared to other circuits, the viewing experience isn't great.

I would suggest it is nothing to do with "Anyone who doesnít enjoy 50 GT3s bombing round Silverstone needs to think about whether the sport is right for them." I love the sport as much as anyone else, but Silverstone has been clinging on based on its reputation for far too long, rather than the product it is proving. It isn't a Blancpain issue, WEC at Silverstone has the same problems.

Blancpain should be an easy sell to the UK. The fact the on track product is good, yet it isn't selling tickets suggests the problem is something else, I would suggest Silverstone is a big part of it.
What do you mean grandstand access. There's plenty of it! There's far less at Brands, or Donington or any other UK circuit. The problem in this country is that people don't seem interested in Endurance or GT racing. Silverstone doesn't have any problems selling out the GP or the Touring Cars.

It seems that every year after the Blancpain Championship at Silverstone, people come on this thread to spout out how much they dislike Silverstone.
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Old 21 May 2018, 12:02 (Ref:3823744)   #402
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It seems that every year after the Blancpain Championship at Silverstone, people come on this thread to spout out how much they dislike Silverstone.
That's because Silverstone doesn't get any better. The racing can be as good as it likes but when the viewing experience is so poor it kills it as a 'live' event for me. Really enjoyed Blancpain at Brands (despite the tragedy that has occurred on the GP loop) - couldn't bring myself to go to Silverstone.
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The weekend has seen splendid weather but Saturday attendance was disappointing, with paddock sources suggesting that the lack of a significant crowd today could see the Silverstone race under threat in future Blancpain GT calendars with significant investment in marketing failing to activate enough of an attendance to justify the outlay.
The crowd size was however, surely hit by both the Royal Wedding and the BTCC meeting at Thruxton?
With glorious sunshine today though, and plenty of track action, attendence appears though to be substantially larger.
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Probably just me, but I thought the crowd was well up on the previous 2 years
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