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Old 1 Aug 2022, 21:23 (Ref:4121457)   #151
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There has been a discussion about the TV coverage of the BTCC weekends, and although I think that we are lucky with what we have because it could be far worse.

However, I have noticed that the coverage is shrinking in comparison to past years. Whereas most Sunday programmes started between 10 a.m. and about 11.15, they are now regularly starting at midday, and this may account for the fact that we see less of the supporting races, especially as they also spend more time gassing in the on-track studio.

Anyone else observed this?
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 21:29 (Ref:4121459)   #152
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There has been a discussion about the TV coverage of the BTCC weekends, and although I think that we are lucky with what we have because it could be far worse.

However, I have noticed that the coverage is shrinking in comparison to past years. Whereas most Sunday programmes started between 10 a.m. and about 11.15, they are now regularly starting at midday, and this may account for the fact that we see less of the supporting races, especially as they also spend more time gassing in the on-track studio.

Anyone else observed this?
out of 6 events only two have started from midday

Donington Park: Sunday 24 April – 1050-1815
Brands Hatch Indy: Sunday 15 May – ITV4: 1100-1355 & 1655-1835, ITV: 1400-1700
Thruxton: Sunday 29 May – 1100-1815
Oulton Park: Sunday 12 June – ITV: 1210-1510, ITV4: 1505-1835
Croft: Sunday 26 June – 1130-1835
Knockhill: Sunday 31 July – ITV: 1200-1500, ITV4: 1455-1800
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 21:47 (Ref:4121466)   #153
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out of 6 events only two have started from midday

Donington Park: Sunday 24 April – 1050-1815
Brands Hatch Indy: Sunday 15 May – ITV4: 1100-1355 & 1655-1835, ITV: 1400-1700
Thruxton: Sunday 29 May – 1100-1815
Oulton Park: Sunday 12 June – ITV: 1210-1510, ITV4: 1505-1835
Croft: Sunday 26 June – 1130-1835
Knockhill: Sunday 31 July – ITV: 1200-1500, ITV4: 1455-1800
And those are the two starting on ITV rather than ITV4 - presumably too much money for an extra hour of build-up.

Which I agree, is noticeable and a bit annoying, especially at the expense of a support race / highlights. But then of course, it's on ITV.
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 21:51 (Ref:4121467)   #154
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Advance notice - broadcast details will be the same for Snetterton as they were for Knockhill.
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Old 1 Aug 2022, 21:51 (Ref:4121468)   #155
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And those are the two starting on ITV rather than ITV4 - presumably too much money for an extra hour of build-up.
It's because Barry can't cope with more than one channel change a day.
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 07:31 (Ref:4121497)   #156
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I don't have a problem with ITV dropping the 45 mins of pre-race fluff and filler. If I was out and recorded the show I'd always fast forward to the start of the race as there was rarely anything of interest.
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 09:33 (Ref:4121512)   #157
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I think the windscreen strip at least was different, but existing PHSC (PSHC? PCSH?) branding was still there.
The windscreen had Mane K9 Security Services.

This appears to be an increase in presence, having been on the rear quarters of all 3 cars so far this season.
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 10:20 (Ref:4121515)   #158
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the only issue is with race 1 being at noon the teams have less time to repair and prep cars, also the orange army dont get a decent break, fine if you have plenty off bodies to allow a semi-stand down (park your arse for a munch but if we need you you run).... i really felt for the chicane and clarks crews at knockie as they had a lot of sweeping of gravel between races....
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It's because Barry can't cope with more than one channel change a day.
in fairness every time they change channel they probably lose viewers they don't get back. i know i didn't switch once itv's show had ended, i switched to netflix instead then forgot about the last race...
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 17:35 (Ref:4121570)   #160
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Says everything you need to know that most notable thing to happen to Tom Chilton all weekend was the commentator getting his name wrong.
Repeatedly!

Tom Chilton did have a pretty solid weekend though, by the standards of the last couple of seasons
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Kellett disqualified from his Ginetta win.

https://www.barc.net/wp-content/uplo...es-Kellett.pdf

...meaning it's an Am 1-2!
Chris Kellett was saying in the post race interview that it was Ashton Miller's fault because he switched lines at the last moment.
Didn;t look that way to me. He was just talking the normal racing line and got punted out from behind
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 17:43 (Ref:4121572)   #162
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Forgot to say well done to George Gamble. He’s really taken to the BTCC like a duck to water and proves that you can beat Morgan in his team. He thoroughly deserved that win after a controlled drive
|To be fair, I think Adam Morgan must have run over a black cat before tracing began,
Having to start from pit lane in race 1, forced wide at start of race 2 meaning he lost a ton of places on the first lap- I donlt know what happened in the last couple of pas in this race to him. Third race was relatively straightforward.

He basically had top six pace but everything went wrong.


Nevertheless, it was great to see George Gamble win the final race. He controlled things brilliantly from the front, and it clearly meant a huge amount to him. Think he has budget problems and I sense getting the drive at the start of the season was his last chance at the big time.
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Old 2 Aug 2022, 17:46 (Ref:4121576)   #163
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There has been a discussion about the TV coverage of the BTCC weekends, and although I think that we are lucky with what we have because it could be far worse.

However, I have noticed that the coverage is shrinking in comparison to past years. Whereas most Sunday programmes started between 10 a.m. and about 11.15, they are now regularly starting at midday, and this may account for the fact that we see less of the supporting races, especially as they also spend more time gassing in the on-track studio.

Anyone else observed this?
Totally agree.I sense ITV may be losing interest.

It has been a big summer of sport, (although not sure ITV have the rights to that much of it!)
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What’s the issue?
The Honda engine installation differs vastly to any other M-Sport powered car. It’s not something they can fix mid season so unless all M-Sport Cars get a significant boost increase at some point don’t expect to see their performance massively improved. They should be a bit more competitive at thruxton though.
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I found the first two races very exciting. The Race 1 battle between Hill and Sutton in particular was hair-raising stuff - I was really expecting one or both of them to fly off into the gravel at almost any moment, they looked that on the edge, especially with all the contact between them.

Yes the BMWs were very strong, but I see that as a good thing as the championship is wide open now. Given how much Tingram and Sutton in particular have come on since Turkington's last championship win, I think it's great that he's in a position to mount a serious challenge, with Hill in the mix as well.

Someone just give Cookie and JP new engines and it would all be perfect.

The commentary was great and to me it seemed less dumbed-down this time out on ITV 1, which is good.

I'm also really continuing to enjoy the absence of the soft tyre, while that lasts... Surely anyone can see it wasn't needed this weekend?
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