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Old 12 Jul 2022, 15:16 (Ref:4119278)   #106
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Incidentally Max Coates was tweeting yesterday about getting partners on board for Graves' 2023 entry, so nice to here that's still in the works.
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Old 13 Jul 2022, 19:23 (Ref:4119437)   #107
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Given that plenty here seem to know how teams should have their (perceived) advantages mitigated - perhaps they should put their hats in the ring?

https://twitter.com/BTCC/status/1547...45_ednqVA&s=19
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Old 3 Aug 2022, 16:23 (Ref:4121704)   #108
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It seems a number of teams have signed Oscar Piastri for next season.
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Old 4 Aug 2022, 12:06 (Ref:4121772)   #109
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No, I refuse to start a 2024 rumours thread already.

From today's Motorsports News, Silverstone International still on Gow's radar. Also rumours of a 90-min 2-driver race. Gow saying he is not against the idea but it is up to the teams.
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No, I refuse to start a 2024 rumours thread already.

From today's Motorsports News, Silverstone International still on Gow's radar. Also rumours of a 90-min 2-driver race. Gow saying he is not against the idea but it is up to the teams.
Are the fuel tanks big enough for 1 1/2 hours? Would the tyres last? Has the Hybrid been tested over that distance?
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Are the fuel tanks big enough for 1 1/2 hours? Would the tyres last? Has the Hybrid been tested over that distance?
All very fair and relevant questions.
I'm sure that the teams could cope with tyre changes if necessary but neither the teams or the cars are equipped for refuelling...
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Old 4 Aug 2022, 13:54 (Ref:4121785)   #112
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From today's Motorsports News, Silverstone International still on Gow's radar. Also rumours of a 90-min 2-driver race. Gow saying he is not against the idea but it is up to the teams.
Yes please.

25ish mins up to 90 is quite a jump, more than the three races combined!
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Are the fuel tanks big enough for 1 1/2 hours? Would the tyres last? Has the Hybrid been tested over that distance?

Fuel shouldn't be a problem for a 90 minute race. If the current fuel containers are not sufficient to last for that long, then it would not be a major problem for the teams to have enlarged fuel cells manufactured and installed instead; I would imagine (in fact, I'm pretty certain that it would be part of the regulations) that they already have specially made fuel containers installed in the boot rather than using road going fuel tanks.
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Fuel shouldn't be a problem for a 90 minute race. If the current fuel containers are not sufficient to last for that long, then it would not be a major problem for the teams to have enlarged fuel cells manufactured and installed instead; I would imagine (in fact, I'm pretty certain that it would be part of the regulations) that they already have specially made fuel containers installed in the boot rather than using road going fuel tanks.
Mike, unless TOCA mandated it in the car design (in case of long-distance races) I doubt if there would be sufficient room/capacity for (say) 200% more fuel. The fuel cells will be integrated into the bodyshell design and (again) I doubt that additional capacity could be simply added.
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Installing refuelling equipment isn't too hard, here in Argentina we have special races with refueling popping now and then on cars that weren't initially designed for that (Top Race, which actually now uses smaller fuel cells, for making stops necessary on such races, TC, now kinda normal, this weekend will have one with refueling, and TC2000 with the Bs. As. 200km)

The hybrid thing is the potential issue, but I'll asume that the tests were actually longer on duration.
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But why do we need two drivers for a 90-min race?
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But why do we need two drivers for a 90-min race?
I would guess a number of reasons, including:

A) Most BTCC teams would only want to fund the entry of 1 car, but have 2 drivers.
B) Most BTCC drivers are only physically accustomed to 20min races.
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Old 4 Aug 2022, 23:01 (Ref:4121825)   #118
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I would guess a number of reasons, including:

A) Most BTCC teams would only want to fund the entry of 1 car, but have 2 drivers.
B) Most BTCC drivers are only physically accustomed to 20min races.
I can understand that but it might be a bit 'art for art's sake' sort of thing and a bit irrelevant for the whole series. Unless the co-drivers are some 'wildcards' from other championships, the idea of a 2-driver race doesn't make a lot of sense.

If the BTCC wants to play a bit with different formats (which I would be happy to see tbh) then it'd be better to make one race longer with double points or something like that and for example make a round two races with the first shorter and second longer.
Anyway, the idea of a 90-minute long race with 15 cars, each shared by two drivers makes little sense for me even if seems interesting at the first glance.
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. Unless the co-drivers are some 'wildcards' from other championships, the idea of a 2-driver race doesn't make a lot of sense.
I think that would absolutely be the intention, much in the way the enduros work in the Supercars series in Australia. The hope would be that a number of the drivers drafted in to be teammates would be former series front-runners (Yvan Muller, Matt Neal, Sam Tordoff, Andy Jordan, etc) or high profile drivers from elsewhere (Rob Huff*, Andy Priaulx*, Jenson Button, Dario Franchitti, Elfyn Evans, etc.) much in the same way that Bathurst 1000 does.

* I know these two have some BTCC experience, but they predominantly made thier names elsewhere.
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That's the idea I like and it seems quite obvious but I'm wondering who could pay for these 'co-drivers'? Certainly not teams and I also doubt there would be anyone willing to find sponsors/pay his own money just to drive a BTCC car for 45mins.
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