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Old 2 Apr 2018, 21:24 (Ref:3812565)   #76
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Well - the weather was nowhere near as bad as forecast.

The racing was pretty good throughout the day I thought - the merging of classes has worked and the bigger grids gave us better racing. Higgins very impressive in the 208 and I thought Godfrey looked good in the Mitsubishi. Good to see Mike Manning back in rallycross as well.

That V6 Clio is a beast isn't it? Sounds great too. Vince Bristow must be having so much fun - he doesn't turn the car in to the corner - he throws it in sideways every time. The Minis benefited from good grids and again provided some close racing - I still don't see the need for Minis and Swifts though. Buggies were short on numbers - probably the weakest class. The retros grid has a great mix of cars, always good to see a 6R4 but the real action was behind that - some more cars joining the grid which is a good sign.

All in all a good day
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Old 3 Apr 2018, 11:30 (Ref:3812621)   #77
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Yeah, conditions were nowhere near as bad as the forecast said it would be. The rain only really became noticeable during the closing stages of the day.

Great drive from Mark in the conditions. I would say that Liam Doran was fast enough to beat Higgins, but his passing move in the final was rather ambitious. Another measured performance from Godfrey in the Mirage, second in the final and enough to retain the lead of the Championship. Excellent drive from Manning as well, I thought he was out for the day after his smoky exit in the first heat, but he made it all the way to the final. I believe that car was relatively standard as well?

Most surprising drive in the Supercars for me was Jake Harris. He seemed completely out of touch last year but he was pacing a lot of the front runners yesterday. Massive improvement from him, really hope he gets some good results this year.

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Vince Bristow must be having so much fun - he doesn't turn the car in to the corner - he throws it in sideways every time.
I have said it before, but I think Vince is the unsung hero of the British Championship: he never looks like he isn't having fun on track!

I thought the Minis would be dull given the split with the Super 1600's, but with much bigger grids they are far more entertaining then they have been in the last couple of years. Ditto for the Retros, which were more interesting with more cars out on track. As you say, the best racing was found further down the field.
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Old 3 Apr 2018, 12:54 (Ref:3812635)   #78
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I'd say some of the best racing was from the Juniors. They also did really well to go from a dry third heat into a wet final and adapted much better than some top runners (e.g. Tristan Ovenden). Hats off to them.

Having been to Silverstone, returning to Lydden to a much better circuit for viewing was very welcome! I don't care that it's not perfect, modern or particularly endowed with facilities. It gets the basics spot on, good viewing, close to the track, overtaking opportunities, sense of speed/danger, fun.
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Old 10 Apr 2018, 10:08 (Ref:3814617)   #79
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Few pictures from Lydden...













...and a few more here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/229616...57667645182798

For those who are interested!
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Old 15 Apr 2018, 11:07 (Ref:3815698)   #80
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Cheers for those Steve, just getting round to catch up on what happened now.
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Old 17 Apr 2018, 13:31 (Ref:3816177)   #81
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Cheers for those Steve, just getting round to catch up on what happened now.
No worries! Hopefully we won't have too long to wait for the TV coverage given that you weren't there taking any video.
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Well for anyone who interested, there were a few other people there who were filming, here's link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZpK5fRZMXE
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Old 30 Apr 2018, 07:48 (Ref:3818289)   #83
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Well for anyone who interested, there were a few other people there who were filming, here's link :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZpK5fRZMXE
I saw the TV coverage on Motorsport.tv last week, but I will give that watch this evening!
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Old 29 May 2018, 14:37 (Ref:3825462)   #84
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i haven't been to see a Rallycross event in ages, thinking of going to Lydden in August, does anyone else hate the joker lap? it just splits up the racing, i'd rather see the cars close together for the race duration
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Old 29 May 2018, 14:58 (Ref:3825468)   #85
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i haven't been to see a Rallycross event in ages, thinking of going to Lydden in August, does anyone else hate the joker lap? it just splits up the racing, i'd rather see the cars close together for the race duration
I was firmly against the joker lap before it was implemented - having seen it in action for a few years now I'm still very much against it. Having said that there's no sign of it being ditched so I've learned to live with it - watching rallycross with a joker lap is still better than doing the gardening!
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I think the joker lap is ok, just adds a bit of spice to it, although it is not really necessary. But watching rallycross is always good if you can find it
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Old 29 May 2018, 19:55 (Ref:3825536)   #87
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Some tracks +like Silverstone) need a joker lap as there are limited or no overtaking spots. Lydden isn't one of those, it doesn't need a joker lap, the joker on the first corner splits the group from the outset.
It does reduce the chance of first corner crashes ruining a driver's weekend. I don't hate them in the heats but the finals should be a straight race.
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I don't think any track needs a joker lap. Lydden could do with an alternative route for one lap to spice it up slightly. I think it does lessen the excitement at times. But it's not too bad a rule and it's there to add a bit
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I don't think any track needs a joker lap. Lydden could do with an alternative route for one lap to spice it up slightly.
Isn't that a joker lap then?

I agree that the placement of the joker at Lydden is the problem as it immediately splits the pack.
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Well itís a joker lap that everyone uses on the same lap. I think the joker lap sometimes makes a difference and other times doesnít
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