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Old 28 Aug 2018, 14:17 (Ref:3846734)   #1
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British GP BTCC Support

Just something I'm curious about. Why did the BTCC stop supporting the British GP after 96? It's something I've never read a reason for. Anyone remember?
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Old 28 Aug 2018, 14:20 (Ref:3846736)   #2
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The BTCC was big enough to survive on its own and didn't want to play "second fiddle" any longer to the F1 circus.
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Old 28 Aug 2018, 17:55 (Ref:3846759)   #3
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Basically because of TV. Bernie Ecclestone claimed the TV rights for anything appearing on the F1 meeting. This was an issue as, at the time, the BBC had exclusive rights to the entirety of the BTCC season. Therefore, the BTCC would have needed to have breached this contract to race alongside the F1.
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Old 28 Aug 2018, 22:26 (Ref:3846799)   #4
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with the existing F1 support of GP3, GP2/F2 whatever they call it now and Porsches, there wouldn't be room for local national series on the bill i wouldn't think
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Am I right in saying that nowadays there is no more track action after the Grand Prix?
When I was a regular visitor to the British GP the Touring cars were after the GP, and then the final race of the day was for Historics. This had the added bonus of staggering the leaving time which helped reduce congestion in the car parks too.
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with the existing F1 support of GP3, GP2/F2 whatever they call it now and Porsches, there wouldn't be room for local national series on the bill i wouldn't think
There's plenty of space in the timetable for other sessions, believe me!

When F1 goes down under they manage to fit a Supercars race in on both Saturday and Sunday. OK, the Porsche Supercup doesn't travel that far (I don't think) so that gives extra room.

Does anyone know what appears on the F1 bill outside of the European races? It's not something I've ever pondered.
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Am I right in saying that nowadays there is no more track action after the Grand Prix?
Correct.

There's the podium, and spectators are allowed on track for that so that's the end of the day for racing (and means us orange lot get to decamp at a reasonable time after being up since around 0500 on the Sunday).
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There's plenty of space in the timetable for other sessions, believe me!

When F1 goes down under they manage to fit a Supercars race in on both Saturday and Sunday. OK, the Porsche Supercup doesn't travel that far (I don't think) so that gives extra room.

Does anyone know what appears on the F1 bill outside of the European races? It's not something I've ever pondered.
outside europe and middle east, none of the normal GP support races appear - no F2, GP3, Supercup etc etc.
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I'm not sure what BTCC would gain from being on the F1 billing. Would you also therefore want the full package of clio, ginetta jnr etc? The series is too strong to be a sideshow act
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I'm not sure what BTCC would gain from being on the F1 billing. Would you also therefore want the full package of clio, ginetta jnr etc? The series is too strong to be a sideshow act
I agree but what surprises me is that Supercars do support round at Australian GP and if BTCC is too strong to be a sideshow act, then tell me what Supercars is!
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I agree but what surprises me is that Supercars do support round at Australian GP and if BTCC is too strong to be a sideshow act, then tell me what Supercars is!
non of the normal f1 support races are there. so they fill the australian gp timetable with all local series like supercars, gt, carerra cup etc
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I agree but what surprises me is that Supercars do support round at Australian GP and if BTCC is too strong to be a sideshow act, then tell me what Supercars is!
But what will btcc gain from it
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Old 29 Aug 2018, 11:55 (Ref:3846863)   #13
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The discussion is rather pointless because the two championships are contracted to two different broadcasters, and, certainly in the past, FOM required far too much money for TOCA to afford just to show one race.

And it must be born in mind that FOM are responsible for providing the broadcasting feeds, so ITV would have no directorial control over any live pictures. It would all be at the discretion of the FOM appointed director/producer. And ITV would have to pay to get access to the pits, etc., and so on and so forth.

I seem to recall these issues being the primary reason why BTCC are no longer on the Silverstone race programme.
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Some years ago it was suggested / rumoured that the BTCC was to return to the British GP schedule.
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Old 29 Aug 2018, 16:15 (Ref:3846909)   #15
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Thanks for the answers. Makes sense that it's a broadcasting issue. I remember they couldn't show any of the 1996 meeting on the season review video.

And yes they did try to have a non championship race in 04, but IIRC there was a dispute between Gow and the teams that meant it didn't go ahead
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