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Old 2 Apr 2002, 08:43 (Ref:249622)   #1
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F3 driving standards

So already we have the pre season favourite, James Courtney, thinking he is Schumaker. I don't know if he is being protested, but the TV pictures for the second race at Brands yesterday clearly showed Courtney chopping Kerr twice and hitting him twice before the first corner, lifting off mid corner to make Kerr brake, weaving 5 times down one straight and "brake testing" him towards the end of the race.
We can only presume being totally outclassed by Kerr has got him rattled.

I think the stewards should do something sooner rather than later to show that it is not acceptable.
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 09:25 (Ref:249654)   #2
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Which TV pictures?
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 09:57 (Ref:249663)   #3
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There were some TV monitors showing a live feed on the pitwall. Courtney was scary.
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 10:13 (Ref:249666)   #4
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Re: F3 driving standards

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for the second race at Brands yesterday clearly showed Courtney chopping Kerr twice and hitting him twice before the first corner, lifting off mid corner to make Kerr brake, weaving 5 times down one straight and "brake testing" him towards the end of the race.
We can only presume being totally outclassed by Kerr has got him rattled.
The view from Paddock Hill grandstand showed how dirty Courtney drove off the start, he should have had a penalty!

I think Courtney has got a lot to worry about with Kerr. I couldn't believe Courtney throwing it off in the 1st race trying to keep up.
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 10:18 (Ref:249667)   #5
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Listening to the commentator on Tocatour radio - he was disgusted by Courntey's 'weaving' and fully expected him to be penalised for it.
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 10:18 (Ref:249668)   #6
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There were some TV monitors showing a live feed on the pitwall. Courtney was scary.
Those of us who are members of the 4th estate also saw the pic and were not impressed.

Even the Commentary team picked up on the cooper straight change of direction debarcle.

Courtney's driving was a disgrace - I for one have always said they he didn't have the head to cope with the preasure and would crack - But I must admit I was expecting him to crack in the season but obviously he I even more unstable that I was lead to believe.

On the bright side - Well done Bruce Jouanny!!!!

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Old 2 Apr 2002, 10:26 (Ref:249674)   #7
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Courtney's driving was a disgrace - I for one have always said they he didn't have the head to cope with the preasure and would crack - But I must admit I was expecting him to crack in the season but obviously he I even more unstable that I was lead to believe.
I'm not sure I'd say Courtney has 'cracked' - that's a little dramatic...but it did sound like he did a few, shall we say 'over-defensive' moves.

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Old 2 Apr 2002, 10:33 (Ref:249679)   #8
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I'm not sure I'd say Courtney has 'cracked' - that's a little dramatic...but it did sound like he did a few, shall we say 'over-defensive' moves.
I would have to disagree with you there - Look at the start - Skippy was so worried about Kerr getting past he had forgotten about Bruce and let him fly through the INSIDE an error of Rookie Proportions.

The 'over defensive' tactics could easily have resulted in both of them on the kitty litter - again signs of a driver under immense amounts of preasure. It is not as if he was defending the lead!
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It's just a shame the race had to be re-started - Robbie would have won otherwise and Courtney would've probably landed up 3rd.
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 10:50 (Ref:249686)   #10
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Quite agree, that would have added a bit more to the history that Robbie made on Sunday.
No scholarship winner has ever won a main championship race before!
Robbie ia also the first British championship leader since Hynes.

We really need to get some BRITISH support going for Robbie!
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 11:31 (Ref:249720)   #11
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Well sort that fan club out for a start then Sid!

Now's the time.

Oh and Robbie needs to get along to some more functions...will he be attending the Queen Mum's funeral next week?
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 11:35 (Ref:249724)   #12
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any support is good support, sid, i'm sure you're aware of that...

hey, some of us can't support everyone you know...

but on the original topic, i suspect that james is under a lot of pressure, and when you're under a lot of pressure, especially from yourself what do you do? you make mistakes...
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 14:59 (Ref:249931)   #13
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Totally agree with Bella although I'm a newish fan to f3 (sorry it took so long) I remember watching courtney at FF festival when he had a good couple of rounds but I belive he was one of the favorites to win then as well so may he just doesn't like the pressure (I know I wouldn't). I recall he made a bit of a lunge towards the end on mark taylor that took them both off!
But to be honest whats the deal with this country (england) we make people out to be favorites and everything and then after one weekend we take a big old gun and shoot them down from the high position we put them in the 1st place.
He may not be english but he gets my vote if he can keep his cool he should win the championship!
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My point was more the fact that Courtney had been built up pre season to the extent that nobody was expected to get near him. Why can't we get behind Robbie, who is British, struggles for budget (Courtney has no problems, paid for by Jag) and has still managed to win 4 championships in the last 5 or so years.

Lets get a bit of flag waving going!
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Old 2 Apr 2002, 16:10 (Ref:249972)   #15
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I'm not saying I won't get behind Robbie for sure his a good driver and it would be nice to see him win the title, but I'd have to give the nod to Courtney.

And as you say he was built up to the extent of that nobody was going to touch him, but thats not his fault is it thats down to the boys in the press.
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