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Old 14 Oct 2019, 11:52 (Ref:3934347)   #556
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Where does this whole "Av it!" thing come from with Chris James? I recall people saying it in jest a while back but never aware of the origin of the comment.
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 11:58 (Ref:3934349)   #557
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To see Jake Hill in an AMD Honda would be fantastic. He really impressed me this year in an old Audi and in Honda he could be even faster.

When it comes to Cook and BTC, I think it's a very strong combination and probably for Josh the best seat at the moment.

I'd love to see Sutton in a Beemer but find it unlikely. Infiniti? Maybe but it'd mean another season of punching above the team's weight for Ash. He deserves more than that.
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:03 (Ref:3934351)   #558
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Doubt TPC will move away from the Audi, it's been a very quick car this season. Imagine Jake will be back there, no chance of Blundell sticking around. I'd guess they'd put a rookie alongside Hill, maybe Coates or someone like that.

I know I keep saying it, but I just see absolutely no chance of Sutton in an Infiniti. From his interview yesterday I think it's quite likely he's moving on from the BTCC.
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:23 (Ref:3934355)   #559
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The Audi is an absolute dog of a car. Hill has worked miracles at time, alongside a bit of luck at the right moments to drag it up to the front and get a reverse grid win. In a Honda hed be up there with Butcher...

The Infiniti will be a solid car and if Sutton was on the team would develop and improve nicely for Moffat, plus Sutton himself would be on the pace straight away.
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:24 (Ref:3934356)   #560
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I know I keep saying it, but I just see absolutely no chance of Sutton in an Infiniti. From his interview yesterday I think it's quite likely he's moving on from the BTCC.

What did he say please? I missed the interviews at the end of yesterday as the programme overran and our recorder didn't! Is there anywhere to watch them again?
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:28 (Ref:3934357)   #561
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What did he say please? I missed the interviews at the end of yesterday as the programme overran and our recorder didn't! Is there anywhere to watch them again?
I think they're on the BTCC twitter? Louise said "We'll see you back next year!" and Ash pulled a 'that's not going to happen' face. At least to me, I'm sure others may read it in a different way.


Edit: just checked and they're not uploaded, I guess because of all the Turkington interviews.

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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:29 (Ref:3934358)   #562
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I think they're on the BTCC twitter? Louise said "We'll see you back next year!" and Ash pulled a 'that's not going to happen' face. At least to me, I'm sure others may read it in a different way.

Thanks I'll have a look
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:31 (Ref:3934359)   #563
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The Audi is an absolute dog of a car. Hill has worked miracles at time, alongside a bit of luck at the right moments to drag it up to the front and get a reverse grid win. In a Honda hed be up there with Butcher...

The Infiniti will be a solid car and if Sutton was on the team would develop and improve nicely for Moffat, plus Sutton himself would be on the pace straight away.
Maybe so, and I agree about Hill, but I think Jake's results are enough to warrant sticking with it. Hope to be proved wrong though!

Would Bushell have the budget for a full season next year? Is it possible that Hill could line up alongside Butcher in the Honda?


Maybe you're right, but I just don't see Sutton as the type to 'waste' a season developing a car, especially with all the places he'a been linked to.
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:42 (Ref:3934364)   #564
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Maybe so, and I agree about Hill, but I think Jake's results are enough to warrant sticking with it. Hope to be proved wrong though!

Would Bushell have the budget for a full season next year? Is it possible that Hill could line up alongside Butcher in the Honda?


Maybe you're right, but I just don't see Sutton as the type to 'waste' a season developing a car, especially with all the places he'a been linked to.
Development will be done over the summer and hes definitely going to be helping them to do it, whether he is driving for them next season or not!
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:43 (Ref:3934365)   #565
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If not the BTCC, where is Sutton likely to end up? WTCR? Blancpain?
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 12:47 (Ref:3934366)   #566
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If not the BTCC, where is Sutton likely to end up? WTCR? Blancpain?
If rumour is correct, Australian Supercars series to join back up with engineer Carl Faux

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Old 14 Oct 2019, 13:11 (Ref:3934370)   #567
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Right, 2020, where are we at?
I've kind of given bits and pieces already but I'll give a run-down too for anyone interested. As always, please assume to be completely wrong and over ambitious.

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WSR / BMW - Car is a given but driver lineup definitely isn't. It's apparently very likely that Jordan is out, so will WSR run three BMW 'branded' cars, will someone with another Pirtek-size sponsor (Tordoff, Chilton?) get the seat, or will they slim down to 2 cars? Maybe build another 330 and send a pair to TPR or another to run as a 'satellite' team?

Oliphant I reckon will stay unless WSR get a 'big name' turn up. Not sure about Turkington, will he call it a day at 4 titles? He was linked to WTCR last year so will he move on? Or will he want a 5th BTCC title?

Dynamics - Think this is pretty set with Neal seemingly confirmed too.

BMR - BMR will go, it's been hinted at enough. Possibly HARD may look at the Subarus but otherwise I don't think they'll be on the grid. Not sure Proctor has impressed enough this year to be on too many team's radar. Sutton I think will also move on, really I think only a WSR, Speedworks or PMR seat would keep him in the BTCC.

Speedworks - Obviously Ingram is pretty much certain and there plan was very much to add a second Corolla for 2020. Not sure who would be in the second seat, would love to see Jack Goff or Bobby Thompson get it. Rob Austin heavily rumoured too though personally I'd rather see him back in an Alfa.

Motorbase - All relies on them getting a title sponsor to be on the grid, and with the loaned TBL I imagine they'll drop down to two Focus..es? Focusii? Think Jackson will stay though I'm sure Motorbase could find someone better. Will Chilton stay or move on? Michael Caine? I guess it would have to be someone with deep pockets if a title sponsor is in question, which is a shame as they've had some really strong driver lineups in past years.

PMR - Think Plato and the Astra are certain, Collard was very anonymous at the last few rounds so reckon he'll be out. Again, would love to see Goff or Thompson in that car.

Ciceley - Tricky one, they've had a very up and down season. With the team expanding into GTs will they drop the BTCC to fully focus on that? Is the A-Class consistently competitive anymore, will they facelift it or switch cars? Everytime I heard an interview with Rowbottom his season was always going terribly, will he move out of the BTCC? Or bring Cataclean to Motorbase or another team? Will the team run two MAC Tools Mercs, drop down to one or like WSR need a driver with a sponsor big enough to cover the whole car?

BTC - Really impressed me this year, very much hope and expect them to run and unchanged car / driver lineup.

Laser Tools - Likely to be 2 Infinitis, Moffat in one. Will they get an experienced driver to help develop the car (Collard comes to mind) or would it be a good bet for a rookie in the second seat?

AmD - Imagine they'll stick with the FK2, any chance of a couple FK8s? Will Butcher be back or poached by a higher team (Speedworks?) Same with Bushell who has impressed as both a driver and engineer this year, does he have the budget for a full season? Looks like Tordoff won't be back either, could Jake Hill get a Honda seat? Jack Goff, Bobby Thompson, Rowbottom, Proctor?

TPC - Probably back with Hill in the Audi, again unless he gets a seat higher up the grid. No chance of Blundell, so I would guess a rookie or two in the Audis.

HARD - Oh lord, who knows! Hopefully downsize rather than wasting 4 TBLs but doesn't look likely. Crees has been rumoured already, backmarker but not causing incidents and liked in the paddock so fair enough. Boardley was quick at times in an uncompetitive car, though not sure he'll be back. As mentioned previously, hopefully Goff and Thompson move on. Coates and Jamie Bond were 2nd and 3rd with HARD in the Clios so probably top of the list to move up, though I think both (Coates for sure) struggle for budget and both definitely deserve a more competitive seat. Also, with Gilham being vocal of how 'fast' the Subarus are, would they be a better bet than the VWs? Or something else?

TPR - Again, not sure. Could drop out, could add another car, could keep or replace Jelley, upgrade to a 330 or another car entirely. I'd guess they'd remain unchanged though.

Simpson - Probably drop out, ageing car and disappointing results this season.

Excelr8 - Sounds like same drivers, new car, or at least I hope so, because those Excler8 seem like a good outfit and deserve better results than those MGs will get.

HMS - Not sure, definitely planned to be back for 2020 though been completely silent since the Snetterton test. Given up, or working behind the scenes? One Alfa, two, or none?

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Sorry, that was a bit long...
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 14:01 (Ref:3934375)   #568
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Collard back at WSR IMO unless Uncle Dick finds someone else with deep pockets and be competitive
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 14:02 (Ref:3934376)   #569
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the "poor" Turkington family have to buy that 3 series too
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Old 14 Oct 2019, 14:33 (Ref:3934385)   #570
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Only one line in an article on Auto sport but it mentions Colin's desire is to 'race in the BTCC until he retires'.
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