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Old Yesterday, 21:04 (Ref:3851147)   #151
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He said that he probably could have gotten past Tom and try for a win but wanted to be respectful of their title fight. Also a very classy apology to Matt Neal on Twitter, so props to Rob.
didnt seem to try too hard, if a win is there a driver should go for it IMHO
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Old Today, 07:50 (Ref:3851206)   #152
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didnt seem to try too hard, if a win is there a driver should go for it IMHO
Can you imagine the backlash if he had taken him out from Gow and from the fans?

This stage of the season it's not about going for every gap. There are bigger picture things to consider if you want to be on the grid next year.
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people criticise the likes of Andrew Jordan in 2015 for moving over and letting Shedden past on his way to the title, Austin letting the title contenders stay at the front unchallenged when he "claims" to have been able to overtake is no different.
If your going to win a championship you should expect a bit of a fight for it
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Old Today, 09:07 (Ref:3851226)   #154
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people criticise the likes of Andrew Jordan in 2015 for moving over and letting Shedden past on his way to the title, Austin letting the title contenders stay at the front unchallenged when he "claims" to have been able to overtake is no different.
If your going to win a championship you should expect a bit of a fight for it
Problem is they are told explicitly in the drivers briefing at this time of the season not to get involved with the championship contenders.

It's not a direction that I agree with as it should be the same all season but the instructions are there.
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He said that he probably could have gotten past Tom and try for a win but wanted to be respectful of their title fight.
In some R3 reports, the term 'eventually' is used to describe Turkington's overtake of Austin on Lap 21.

If you are not going to attempt a pass because of title challenges, you shouldn't hold someone up either....
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Old Today, 09:52 (Ref:3851231)   #156
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I think people are probably reading a bit too much in to Rob Austin's comments. I think it's quite easy to for him to say 'I just wanted to sit there and not affect the title players' than 'I didn't have the pace to challenge them'. Rob is pretty good at this pr game.
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Problem is they are told explicitly in the drivers briefing at this time of the season not to get involved with the championship contenders.

It's not a direction that I agree with as it should be the same all season but the instructions are there.
That doesn't mean jump out of their way or don't try too hard just so they can finish 1-2.
Where is the championship challenge if they aren't working for every place.
I agree don't get into unnecessary things like deliberately holding a driver up, or take one of them off with a stupid move but for god sake try!

The drivers all have sponsors to impress and teams who like Alfa-HMS have nothing from the season and you don't try then it's not right.

Ingram could win all 3races at Brands but if these so called racers just let Turks through to second each time so they can stay out the way, is that a fair way for him to take the title?
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He was probably happier to settle for a guaranteed 2nd place than risk a DNF (and the embarrassment of taking a championship contender out in the process), by trying to win.
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He was probably happier to settle for a guaranteed 2nd place than risk a DNF (and the embarrassment of taking a championship contender out in the process), by trying to win.
Well he ended up 5th.
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Well he ended up 5th.
OK, my bad, but I still think he didn't want to take the risk...
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