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Old 15 May 2019, 11:09 (Ref:3903883)   #16
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Old 15 May 2019, 11:21 (Ref:3903888)   #17
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I think he makes some fair points though. There does seem to be a "defend each corner at all costs" attitude among a lot of the drivers. Maybe it's a legacy of coming from much shorter races for some of them?
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Old 15 May 2019, 11:30 (Ref:3903894)   #18
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this is deja vu.

he also complained of driving standards when he had his very lucklustre season in british gt.
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Old 15 May 2019, 11:32 (Ref:3903896)   #19
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Seems to be quite an honest, and fair, interview given by Blundell.

His maturity seems to be something that is lacking from a few drivers at Donington, and his comments are definitely more restrained than those from other individuals at/after the meeting.
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Old 15 May 2019, 11:38 (Ref:3903902)   #20
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Seems to be quite an honest, and fair, interview given by Blundell.

His maturity seems to be something that is lacking from a few drivers at Donington, and his comments are definitely more restrained than those from other individuals at/after the meeting.
Wow, it's been 33 years since he last raced at Thruxton... longer than half of the grid have been alive!
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Old 15 May 2019, 13:47 (Ref:3903940)   #21
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I think he has a point. Drivers defend too hard, instead of trying to get them back. They shouldn't need to defend, unlike most series you can overtake in the BTCC

Anyway I expect the TD Hondas to be up at the front, they usually go well here, no matter what spec Civic they use and with little and no ballest in their cars, that should give them an advantage in quali
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Old 15 May 2019, 20:52 (Ref:3904036)   #22
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So I admit to being a bit biased as I am friends with the folks involved with the team....I have an argument to say that Trade Price Cars with AmD...and especially Jake Hill..are A) The biggest surprise in terms of overall results B) Have shown that the much-maligned Audi is actually a pretty decent car now it has the right combination of engineering, management and drivers C) Shows if you are focussing your efforts and using your (relatively small) budget wisely you can get amongst the competitive pack. Jake's drive in race two from P29 to P9 and then to stay in the top six on the option tyre in race three said that once they have a solid qualifying they will be in the competitive mix....Discuss my friends!
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So I admit to being a bit biased as I am friends with the folks involved with the team....I have an argument to say that Trade Price Cars with AmD...and especially Jake Hill..are A) The biggest surprise in terms of overall results B) Have shown that the much-maligned Audi is actually a pretty decent car now it has the right combination of engineering, management and drivers C) Shows if you are focussing your efforts and using your (relatively small) budget wisely you can get amongst the competitive pack. Jake's drive in race two from P29 to P9 and then to stay in the top six on the option tyre in race three said that once they have a solid qualifying they will be in the competitive mix....Discuss my friends!
To be fair I have never been a fan of his either as a driver or a person, but Jake has surprised me, I didnt think they would get much out of the Audi as lets face it nobody has before, I honestly cant see the results carrying on at this level throughout the season tho.
The next batch of circuits shouldnt really suit the Audi but lets see.
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Anyway I expect the TD Hondas to be up at the front, they usually go well here, no matter what spec Civic they use and with little and no ballest in their cars, that should give them an advantage in quali
they have been outdone by BTC and even AMD to this point , they really have problems inside that team , my guess they really miss Shedden
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they have been outdone by BTC and even AMD to this point , they really have problems inside that team , my guess they really miss Shedden
Agree, I think had they got Jackson last year story may have been different based on the performance he was able to drag out of the Focus compared to others.
I dont think the car suits Dan's style *(im not even sure the series does to be honest) and still think he was a panic quick decision because of all the issues at the time.
I was very surprised to see the line up kept for 2019.
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they have been outdone by BTC and even AMD to this point
The teams' standings - in isolation - puts Halfords Yuasa ahead of Cobra Sport.

Comparing them to Cobra Sport is a bit unjust, as they are different cars. It makes as much sense as comparing them to other 15 teams that are below them in the standings.

Are they really being outdone though - or is it that Cook and Butcher are outperforming Neal and Cammish?

I think it's a bit early to suggest they really have problems in a team that, more that their current drivers are not performing as well as some others.

Turkington took 34 races to get his first win in BTCC.
Jordan took 75 races. Jordan's second season saw him in the previous season's championship winning car, and one of his teammates took 5 wins to his nil.
Cammish is Jack Sears title holder, in his second season in a new car, with two wins to his name already.

One win in 77 races for Plato - 5 wins in 77 for Neal currently.

Things are not as dire as is being made out - just that there is a greater level of competition and the current drivers are falling marginally short of what is needed to challenge for honours.
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Old 16 May 2019, 11:29 (Ref:3904102)   #27
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Old 16 May 2019, 11:41 (Ref:3904104)   #28
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Cammish is Jack Sears title holder, in his second season in a new car, with two wins to his name already.

One win in 77 races for Plato - 5 wins in 77 for Neal currently.
What realistic competition did Cammish have for that trophy last year?
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What realistic competition did Cammish have for that trophy last year?
Smiley, Butcher and Simpson (amongst others) were all eligible, so why should Cammish's result not have value?
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Smiley, Butcher and Simpson (amongst others) were all eligible, so why should Cammish's result not have value?
eligible yes real competition no
Although yes the cars are designed to be equal, can you really compare a driver from the mighty Dynamics with a brand new manufacturer assisted car against drivers who may not have had such esteemed records in old equipment and for teams which had historically only really hit the podium steps a handful of times prior to 2018?

Come on if you really expected someone like Butcher in a haggard old MG (and granted he put in some decent performances towards the middle to end of the year), or Simpson who's best result prior to 2018 was some minor points placings now and then, to get better results over the season and to be challenging a multiple title winner in possibly the most successful team of all time in the series I think your pretending the series is a lot more evenly matched than it really is

His "Jack Sears" title of course has value, but if we were honest, Cammish in his brand new Honda Vs others in old equipment in teams with no pedigree is hardly a classic is it

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