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Old 26 Feb 2024, 19:43 (Ref:4198399)   #1926
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Can anybody elaborate on what BTC/their drivers said they struggled with or didn't like about the Team Dynamics's Civics they were driving last season?
Read the eighth article in here, Cook and Edwards shared some light on it: https://motorracinguk.com/2024/02/10...-for-free-now/

I'm also wondering. With the Civic FK8 going out of production and out of the showrooms in 2021, will 2026 or 2027 be the final year it's eligible?
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Old 26 Feb 2024, 23:11 (Ref:4198421)   #1927
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I'm also wondering. With the Civic FK8 going out of production and out of the showrooms in 2021, will 2026 or 2027 be the final year it's eligible?
I'm sure it's 5 years after production, so 2026
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 12:19 (Ref:4198480)   #1928
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 15:43 (Ref:4198506)   #1929
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Adam Smalley racing from porsche toca support package announcement is tomorrow. He's been linked for 4th wsr seat. Let's see what it is tomorrow
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 15:53 (Ref:4198508)   #1930
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Adam Smalley racing from porsche toca support package announcement is tomorrow. He's been linked for 4th wsr seat. Let's see what it is tomorrow
Makes sense really, seeing as they wouldn't have to change too many letters on the window of Smileys old car

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Old 27 Feb 2024, 16:07 (Ref:4198513)   #1931
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Makes sense really, seeing as they wouldn't have to change too many letters on the window of Smileys old car
Please ignore this post. I've had a long day & got my Smileys & Jelleys mixed up
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 16:08 (Ref:4198514)   #1932
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Please ignore this post. I've had a long day & got my Smileys & Jelleys mixed up
Well the final 4 letters could remain
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 16:14 (Ref:4198516)   #1933
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Well the final 4 letters could remain
Well at least I was half right then, lol
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 19:02 (Ref:4198541)   #1934
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Adam Smalley racing from porsche toca support package announcement is tomorrow. He's been linked for 4th wsr seat. Let's see what it is tomorrow
There's also two British GT announcements due tomorrow; GT4 at 9am and GT3 at 1pm. So that's also a possibility.
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 19:12 (Ref:4198546)   #1935
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Would be nice to have a talent like Smalley in the series. We’ll see which series he’s going to be in
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 19:15 (Ref:4198547)   #1936
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There's also two British GT announcements due tomorrow; GT4 at 9am and GT3 at 1pm. So that's also a possibility.
One of those may be from Century Motorsport (who have an announcement of some sort scheduled for tomorrow) - the sort of team someone of Smalley's calibre would fit in perfectly with and would be a move up the GT racing ladder for him rather than a deviation to touring cars.

It'll be interesting to see where Smalley ends up, he's a very talented driver.
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 20:57 (Ref:4198565)   #1937
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Adam Smalley racing from porsche toca support package announcement is tomorrow. He's been linked for 4th wsr seat. Let's see what it is tomorrow
GTs I think.
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Old 27 Feb 2024, 23:49 (Ref:4198582)   #1938
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How does the budget for a BTCC seat compare to a GT3 or GT4 seat in a team of similar calibre on the respective grids?
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 07:40 (Ref:4198600)   #1939
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If Smalley is confirmed in British GT today then that really does just leave Gamble as the only name left in the running for WSR , barring something very left field happening. If it's not Gamble then I'm totally stumped as to who it could be.
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 07:48 (Ref:4198601)   #1940
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Adam Smalley racing from porsche toca support package announcement is tomorrow. He's been linked for 4th wsr seat. Let's see what it is tomorrow
Smalley was the front runner for the WSR seat, but some sponsor clashes were causing some issues. No doubt we’ll see if they’ve been resolved or not by the announcement later.
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 11:16 (Ref:4198629)   #1941
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If Smalley is confirmed in British GT today then that really does just leave Gamble as the only name left in the running for WSR , barring something very left field happening. If it's not Gamble then I'm totally stumped as to who it could be.
Are all 4 Toyotas full?
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 11:41 (Ref:4198632)   #1942
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Are all 4 Toyotas full?
That seems to vary , does feel like Huff should have been announced by now if it is going to be him in the last of the Corollas.
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 12:19 (Ref:4198635)   #1943
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Smalley in a McLaren in GT. Where are we going to see the Hoch logo this year I wonder then?
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 12:59 (Ref:4198639)   #1944
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Looks like the smart money is on Gamble for WSR, unless there’s a surprise in store
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 13:02 (Ref:4198640)   #1945
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Smalley confirmed in a Duckhams livery McLaren for Garage 59

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Old 28 Feb 2024, 13:07 (Ref:4198641)   #1946
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Smalley in a McLaren in GT. Where are we going to see the Hoch logo this year I wonder then?
Smalley's Duckhams Garage59 McLaren livery is stunning and he's in one of the best teams with one of the best Ams in Shaun Balfe.

As for Gamble, it'll be interesting to see. It would be fun to see a reunion with his Amigo Seb Perez in a GT3 car, the pair shared Sebs 1960s 2.0L 911 last year in historics.
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 13:08 (Ref:4198643)   #1947
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Huff at bmw and shedden at Toyota or huff at Toyota and someone new in the bmw or gamble in the bmw ahah I dunno
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 17:58 (Ref:4198687)   #1948
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Interesting that the WRC is abandoning hybrids in an effort to help reduce costs from 2025. I would say the WRC has heavier direct manufacturer involvement over the BTCC, so perhaps it weakens the argument the BTCC needs to keep them to interest manufacturers.
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 18:05 (Ref:4198689)   #1949
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https://www.britishgt.com/news/1023

Can’t beat a good Duckhams livery
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Old 28 Feb 2024, 18:16 (Ref:4198690)   #1950
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Interesting that the WRC is abandoning hybrids in an effort to help reduce costs from 2025. I would say the WRC has heavier direct manufacturer involvement over the BTCC, so perhaps it weakens the argument the BTCC needs to keep them to interest manufacturers.

I don't follow WRC so am unaware of how the hybrid system works in their cars. However, I think that I am right in thinking that the hybrid system in the BTCC is only used as a very temporary "go faster" element for a relatively short part of a lap.

As far as the world outside of motorsport is concerned, a hybrid element of a vehicle is considered to be a "green" initiative, so is it really necessary in the BTCC? It is purely a way that TOCA devised to replace the weight penalties that were applied to drivers doing better than their peers. It is not device that is intended to help save the planet.

I don't object to the introduction of the system, but it should be recognised for what it is, and that's not what motor manufacturers are taking into consideration. TOCA even had to stop the one "green" bit which was that the hybrid had to be solely used when entering and leaving the pits.
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