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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:02 (Ref:3828854)   #16
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This might be a subtle hint to some other tracks, such as Cadwell and Castle Combe that they may be considered if they improved their infrastructure to accommodate the large crowds that attend and the number of facilities that the TOCA package requires to operate successfully for a weekend.
Exactly.
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:03 (Ref:3828855)   #17
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Perhaps we could have some street circuits.
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:10 (Ref:3828858)   #18
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whereas Rockingham allows a view of nearly the whole circuit from one place.

Probably means I wonít be attending a round next year because no other circuit offers the same visibility.
Brands Hatch Indy ó You can see it all from the grandstand.

Knockhill ó You can see all of it from the central hill area.

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I also think two rounds at Thruxton is an error, it might be fast but fast doesnít always mean good. Maybe they should have considered a round at Mondello like before.
I agree that on paper, a fresh track is the best solution for fans at first. But does Mondello have easy access, space in the paddock for the now massive hospitality for a big grid and a cheap (i.e. free) ferry deal for teams? Not sure it does.

Perhaps a compromise could have been the round at a venue that has an alternate layout i.e. Donington with the loop, or the full GP Silverstone layout? (Yes, I know Gow has poo-pooed this previously, and I get why. It's such a long track, it will make it look like 6 people are attending with empty grandstands and such)
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:10 (Ref:3828859)   #19
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Perhaps we could have some street circuits.
The dream.

Mind you, will it be an exciting race?
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:18 (Ref:3828861)   #20
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This might be a subtle hint to some other tracks, such as Cadwell and Castle Combe that they may be considered if they improved their infrastructure to accommodate the large crowds that attend and the number of facilities that the TOCA package requires to operate successfully for a weekend.
I can't see Castle Combe getting a round. The paddock facilities wouldn't be up to scratch for the touring cars and the attitude at Combe has always been that spending that sort of money for the touring cars wouldn't be something they wanted to do.
And then there's the NIMBYs to think about.....
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:33 (Ref:3828862)   #21
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I think on paper Rockingham is a great venue, free grandstand seat, easy to get to, great view etc. However my main issue is that all the action takes place at the furthest points away from you. Sure they come past you on the oval quite close, but all the side by side jostling and outbraking moves takes place as small dots on the horizon, no where even close to your viewing location.
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 11:45 (Ref:3828867)   #22
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it’ll be interesting to see what the plan is for support series for thruxton because most of the current ones either can’t or struggle to run there.
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 12:12 (Ref:3828869)   #23
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Rockingham was a bit different and produced some very good racing over the years. I'm sad to see it go.
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With Mondello Park, it is also worth bearing in mind that the owner has just passed away which could have an impact on their plans going forwards - just to add something to the cost argument
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This might be a subtle hint to some other tracks, such as Cadwell and Castle Combe that they may be considered if they improved their infrastructure to accommodate the large crowds that attend and the number of facilities that the TOCA package requires to operate successfully for a weekend.
BTCC at Cadwell!
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 13:00 (Ref:3828883)   #26
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I'm genuinely saddened when any race circuit is having difficulties, however I can't say I'll particularly miss Rockingham, for me it's the worst venue on the calendar for trackside spectating, and it's especially bad if you happen to like taking photos.

As Sodemo said, if you're in the grandstand then you might as well be watching toy cars racing they're that far away, and other than that you've got the start/finish straight or the roof of the pit building.

As far as alternatives go, I'd love to see them going round Cadwell for a giggle, but it makes Oulton look positively wide, and Combe hasn't got the facilities. I'd quite like to see Anglesey given a go, but I'm not sure what they have in terms of facilities, and it's not the most accessible place in the world.

Much as I'm not a big fan of Silverstone, surely the International layout could be an option? It's essentially a whole different track at the same location.
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 13:03 (Ref:3828884)   #27
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Cadwell would be impossible, itís far too narrow.
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This might be a subtle hint to some other tracks, such as Cadwell and Castle Combe that they may be considered if they improved their infrastructure to accommodate the large crowds that attend and the number of facilities that the TOCA package requires to operate successfully for a weekend.

BTCC at Cadwell would be carnage!
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Old 13 Jun 2018, 13:20 (Ref:3828887)   #29
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BTCC at Cadwell would be carnage!
Personally i'd love to see them at Combe, but then I think of them and all the support series squeezing into quarry corner and think it would rival Cadwell for the carnage!
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Much as I'm not a big fan of Silverstone, surely the International layout could be an option? It's essentially a whole different track at the same location.
Access to the paddock isn't simple and it's also not big enough to house all the series either. That's why f1 and wec have support teams down at the original pits.
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