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Old 22 Jan 2009, 10:59 (Ref:2376740)   #31
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are attention-seeky, and not very impressive. if you know they're on their way, then say it. if people want to question your source, then suggest. trying to look big and clever on the internet just makes you look a bit silly.

in future, if anyone has news, please could they mind their wording. use a bit of common sense. we're all grown ups here, and if you're not willing to state how you found something out (not necessarily who you found it out from), don't say it.
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Old 24 Jan 2009, 22:02 (Ref:2378454)   #32
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Ha Ha,nice one guys, Dan Clarke quick!!!

Quick to wreck cars that's all. I'm surprised the others will go out on track with him.
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 13:24 (Ref:2378742)   #33
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Must be frustrating for Ben Clucas having to watch all these drivers which he has consistently beaten over the years get drives in A1 and yet is consistently overlooked. (ie Oliver Jarvis, Dan Clarke and James Winslow). They should at least give him a run!
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 16:05 (Ref:2378843)   #34
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I don't blame Dan Clarke for taking the drive - name me one racing driver who would have turned it down (apart from Danny Watts) - but I do think it was a very bad decision by Team GBR. They've ended up spending all that money for nothing.

Dan's manager is very persistent and maybe some money changed hands, but, when you think about it, the idea was never going to work. Dan hadn't driven a racing car for over 12 months, he wasn't called up until very late and absolutely everything was new to him, so what did they expect? Crazy.

I think, in fact know that Audi would stop Oliver Jarvis from taking the drive, but I agree with Mak that that Ben Clucas is the one to have if Danny is unavailable. I don't know why, but for some reason his face just doesn't seem to fit.
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 16:21 (Ref:2378961)   #35
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As has been said, Dan Clarke's lack of speed was no great surprise given his lack of activity recently, which makes his selection the more intriguing. I'd also agree with previous posters in that Ben Clucas would have been a good choice, however, I would be forced to question that given the lateness that announcement was made to who would drive in Taupo whether he would have been able to do himself justice.
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Old 25 Jan 2009, 23:18 (Ref:2379265)   #36
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Old 29 Jan 2009, 20:52 (Ref:2382328)   #37
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Clarke did the best he could in what was a difficult situation, as has been said he hasnt done any racing for over a year prior to his A1 GP outing and it showed. Had he had some track time before the weekend then perhaps he would have been closer to the front running pace, the question in my mind though is even if he had pre season testing would he be at the front of the grid? Yes he was decent in Champcar but he wasnt a consistant front runner, some of that was down to the Reynard chassis though and the fact he was a rookie, hes fast but he isnt proven on the international scene just yet.
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Old 13 Feb 2009, 01:25 (Ref:2396535)   #38
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I presume Danny Watts will be back for the rest of the season?
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Old 13 Feb 2009, 21:24 (Ref:2397159)   #39
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Definitely for the next round and I hope thereafter. Link.
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Old 22 Feb 2009, 04:53 (Ref:2401670)   #40
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Just read a blog from some British punter who poses the question of whether Danny Watts new sportscar contract will clash with future rounds of A1GP (I don't follow sportscars so I have no idea), and whether current rookie James Winslow must now be eyeing up that seat.

1. I hope Watts stays where he is. He is a character, a nice bloke and a very good driver so it's great to have him in A1GP.
2. If Watts does go, there are plenty of British drivers with much better credentials around. I guess Justin Wilson is committed in the USA (ok he's tall, but if Adam Khan is not driving his bigger car then give it to GBR). And then of course there is the currently ignored Kerr and Jarvis. Got to be other candidates as well.
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Old 22 Feb 2009, 07:20 (Ref:2401704)   #41
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Jarvis is not being ignored, he has a contract with Audi which presumably doesn't let him race in A1 any more.

Kerr was apparently a Zytek "protegee" and, once Ferrari came on board, he left the Britiah team. I read this on another forum so I'm not sure how much truth is in it though...
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Old 22 Feb 2009, 08:53 (Ref:2401734)   #42
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I know this is getting boring.......BEN CLUCAS!!!!!
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Old 22 Feb 2009, 13:17 (Ref:2401852)   #43
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They can't afford real drivers like Kerr, Manning or Jarvis ... simple as that!

Watts must either be driving for free or bringing some money.
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Old 22 Feb 2009, 13:59 (Ref:2401866)   #44
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They can't afford real drivers like Kerr, Manning or Jarvis ... simple as that!

Watts must either be driving for free or bringing some money.
Watts is there from (good) choice and I doubt there is any money involved. Others you mention are otherwise contracted. There are very GOOD British drivers about who would not need paying. Clark must have been a finacial deal....
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Old 22 Feb 2009, 14:12 (Ref:2401874)   #45
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I hear Button's not contracted...

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