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Old Today, 18:00 (Ref:3910789)   #46
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Jordan's on fire this year and 3 Beemers in the top 5 is rather an expected outcome. I'm a bit surprised by Sutton's result, thought he'd be closer to top. And great pace by Chilton, I didn't see that coming.
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Old Today, 19:41 (Ref:3911037)   #47
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https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/144117/smith-barred-from-session-for-test-rules-breach

Anyone else see this? Apparently Rob Smith wasn't allowed to take part in first practice for a a breach of testing rules. What an absolutely pointless rule. I would put it to Mr Gow on the official forum but he'll probably give his typical arrogant answer. Someone else's fault no doubt
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Old Today, 19:44 (Ref:3911043)   #48
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and BMR Subaru not ? this is preposterous !!
I sometimes wonder if you stop looking at all the facts with some of these comments. So you want the slowest car in a straight line pegged back even more ???
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Old Today, 19:46 (Ref:3911050)   #49
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https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/144117/smith-barred-from-session-for-test-rules-breach

Anyone else see this? Apparently Rob Smith wasn't allowed to take part in first practice for a a breach of testing rules. What an absolutely pointless rule. I would put it to Mr Gow on the official forum but he'll probably give his typical arrogant answer. Someone else's fault no doubt
Why's it pointless ? Once the season starts its an unfair advantage as the conditions are closer to what it would be like on a race weekend. Its also a cost reduction rule to stop teams testing every other weekend to get an advantage.
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Old Today, 20:29 (Ref:3911118)   #50
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Why's it pointless ? Once the season starts its an unfair advantage as the conditions are closer to what it would be like on a race weekend. Its also a cost reduction rule to stop teams testing every other weekend to get an advantage.
But teams / drivers don't have the money to do unlimited testing.
Would it have really give Rob Smith an advantage.

What other race series would have this rule?
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Old Today, 20:38 (Ref:3911123)   #51
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If the Subaru was dominating then by all means equalise it by attaching a caravan full of fat people. It however is making the numbers up, despite having arguably the best driver in the series at the wheel.

I understand why the BMW has been pegged, even though I don't like this equalisation stuff.

Could be in for some mild moistness by mid afternoon...
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Old Today, 20:41 (Ref:3911124)   #52
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https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/144117/smith-barred-from-session-for-test-rules-breach

Anyone else see this? Apparently Rob Smith wasn't allowed to take part in first practice for a a breach of testing rules. What an absolutely pointless rule. I would put it to Mr Gow on the official forum but he'll probably give his typical arrogant answer. Someone else's fault no doubt
Doesnít seem like a pointless rule to me, especially this year when the circuit has been resurfaced. Testing in any car would give you an idea of how much more grip there was this year. Thatís an advantage however you look at it.
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Old Today, 20:59 (Ref:3911147)   #53
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What other race series would have this rule?
Doesn't matter what other series do/do not have this rule. The point is that BTCC does, and as a BTCC driver you will be expected to abide by those rules.

It's not's if the rule was unclear.
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For the avoidance of doubt any testing or competing by any registered driver, team or entrant of any kind whatsoever and regardless of the type of vehicle cannot be undertaken at a venue using a circuit configuration which largely consists of that which is used at a Meeting of the 2019 Championship until after that Meeting, unless with the specific written authorisation of the Administrator.
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Old Today, 21:25 (Ref:3911193)   #54
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Doesn't matter what other series do/do not have this rule. The point is that BTCC does, and as a BTCC driver you will be expected to abide by those rules.

It's not's if the rule was unclear.
Forgive me if I'm wrong here but, under this rule, if a driver such as Tom Onslow Cole replaced another driver in the latter part of the championship, for Silverstone (hypothetical I know but could happen), would he be stopped from taking part in first practice due to already racing at Silverstone in both blancpain gt and gt open?
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Blancpain and Open GT are both on the Silverstone GP layout; BTCC is on the National layout; so depends if you count that as "a circuit configuration which largely consists of that which is used at a [BTCC] meeting". I suspect it would be considered that the GP circuit is significantly different to not be an issue.
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But teams / drivers don't have the money to do unlimited testing.
Would it have really give Rob Smith an advantage.

What other race series would have this rule?
Some drivers/teams have significantly more money than others. Hell, WSR have just dropped 900k on building the BMs as an example. The testing rules are there to level the field as much as possible from a finance perspective.
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But teams / drivers don't have the money to do unlimited testing.
Would it have really give Rob Smith an advantage.

What other race series would have this rule?
Quite a lot of series have this rule or a similar rule. Before the testing ban in Formula One, it had the same rule.


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Doesn't matter what other series do/do not have this rule. The point is that BTCC does, and as a BTCC driver you will be expected to abide by those rules.

It's not's if the rule was unclear.
More to the point, if you ask permission in advance they very rarely say no.
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