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Old 14 Jan 2021, 09:45 (Ref:4028929)   #1546
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They don't though - there still isn't enough demand for seats that teams can be pick drivers based on talent & results. If I have the right license and 500k cash upfront, I'm sure most teams would be falling over to get me on the books. It is what JP & MN talked about, while money has always been a part of it, there was always a need for the driving talent to be there too. This seems to have slowly reduced in recent years. It could be due to social media and the internet - in the 90s you only got coverage for your sponsors by being at the front. Now social media followings can be well above the viewing figures of ITV.
Your definition of ‘deserve’ differs from mine. If you can sell your brand well enough to get enough money to pay for an season, you deserve to be there.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 10:04 (Ref:4028932)   #1547
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Your definition of ‘deserve’ differs from mine. If you can sell your brand well enough to get enough money to pay for an season, you deserve to be there.
But you also need to have the ability to back it up. I've said it before, a guy with the same results as her would be laughed at. Andy Neate is no worse, imagine the reaction if he was in the Honda.

Of course, it's good to see women in motorsport, but she's not there yet. Also since she couldn't afford full Ginetta / Clio seasons, not sure where she's got the money from.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 10:11 (Ref:4028933)   #1548
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Your definition of ‘deserve’ differs from mine. If you can sell your brand well enough to get enough money to pay for an season, you deserve to be there.
mte. the drivers with a suitcase of daddy’s cash, bit less so. but to me, if you’ve got the ability to gather money or backing you’re doing a bloody good job. especially at the moment.

really, really pleased for jade. and not just because she’s also a girl, but because she’s got so much passion for the sport and she’s a great ambassador for it.

feels like some people want ash sutton in every seat on the grid sometimes.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 10:34 (Ref:4028937)   #1549
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mte. the drivers with a suitcase of daddy’s cash, bit less so. but to me, if you’ve got the ability to gather money or backing you’re doing a bloody good job. especially at the moment.

really, really pleased for jade. and not just because she’s also a girl, but because she’s got so much passion for the sport and she’s a great ambassador for it.

feels like some people want ash sutton in every seat on the grid sometimes.
Absolutely agree, Jade has worked really hard to make her way up the ladder often in less than great equipment and with limited funds. She did a good job in the Astra at Silverstone considering it was her first time in the car, plus her lap times were pretty impressive during the races.

Look at past drivers who’ve stepped up with not great results in feeder series and they’ve gone on to much better thing. Good for Jade and great publicity for the sport.

I know Jade will be giving it everything. Do I expect wins, no, but I expect her to hold her own. She’ll learn a lot from Josh too. Very pleased for her, shame other don’t seem to be able to be.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 10:53 (Ref:4028942)   #1550
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She definitely made progress in Clios and now has some BTCC experience under her belt with the meeting at Silverstone in the Astra last year, so let's see how she does a full season's drive
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 11:09 (Ref:4028946)   #1551
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Chances of seeing anybody testing in January? Normal times they would all be heading on track soon.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 11:35 (Ref:4028950)   #1552
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She definitely made progress in Clios and now has some BTCC experience under her belt with the meeting at Silverstone in the Astra last year, so let's see how she does a full season's drive
I think she will do just fine. Got good team mates. A solid team behind her and arguably one of the best cars on the grid. The meeting at Silverstone wasn't helped by the fact someone in a red car kept hitting her.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 12:20 (Ref:4028957)   #1553
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Chances of seeing anybody testing in January? Normal times they would all be heading on track soon.
Guess it depends if any of the new builds are ready for testing yet. I don't see much point in testing anything else in January personally given the temperatures.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 12:20 (Ref:4028958)   #1554
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Bert isn’t exactly perfect but I doubt he would have been happy having three top cars, but only one really competitive driver.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 12:24 (Ref:4028960)   #1555
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mte. the drivers with a suitcase of daddy’s cash, bit less so. but to me, if you’ve got the ability to gather money or backing you’re doing a bloody good job. especially at the moment.

really, really pleased for jade. and not just because she’s also a girl, but because she’s got so much passion for the sport and she’s a great ambassador for it.

feels like some people want ash sutton in every seat on the grid sometimes.
Not Ash Sutton, just decent drivers in decent teams. Jade is not the level for BTC for me, the same as Crees and gender has nothing to do with it. But as she was able to find funding, good for her and good luck for her. Maybe she'll get there quicker than I expect.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 12:33 (Ref:4028961)   #1556
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I was always neutral on Jade Edwards, not because of her gender but because all of the support drivers talk themselves up and say they are good enough for BTCC.

I was happy to see her get a run out in the Astra last year, I thought that at least we would find out if she was BTCC material or not. I have to say I was quietly impressed with her one run out in the BTCC in 2020.

Thrown in mid-season and probably a bit rusty as she wasn't activley racing at the time she held her own, and were it not for a couple of interventions from "Volderneate" she could have been a contender for some of the lower points.

I think in an FK8 Civic, with a good teammate to learn from and a full season to develop she'll do even better. I don't think we're talking race wins, or even podiums, but I think the JST is achievable and hopefully she can do enough to stay in the series in 2022!
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 12:54 (Ref:4028965)   #1557
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Not Ash Sutton, just decent drivers in decent teams. Jade is not the level for BTC for me, the same as Crees and gender has nothing to do with it. But as she was able to find funding, good for her and good luck for her. Maybe she'll get there quicker than I expect.
“the level” is based on what the driver market has to offer, the budgets and commercial relationships they can bring and what the team can offer them. not some sort of concept of deserving more.

maybe your perception of “the level” is based on pre-march 2020 still?
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 13:01 (Ref:4028966)   #1558
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So as I understand it, there was some news today that a driver with sponsorship behind them has found a seat with a privateer racing team?

I thought the world had imploded for a second.
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 13:10 (Ref:4028967)   #1559
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So as I understand it, there was some news today that a driver with sponsorship behind them has found a seat with a privateer racing team?

I thought the world had imploded for a second.
news just in: the internet has raised its “disappointed” threat level to moderate, up from disgruntled
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Old 14 Jan 2021, 13:13 (Ref:4028968)   #1560
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so what is left for Bobby Thomson if he returns ?
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