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  1. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
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    Well that was a bit of an eventful race day wasn't it?

    Like you say Mells, that first race was quite full of the old tyre going *pop* on a number of cars it seemed. Kind of hard not to see that happen with the temp of the day and the jagged kerbs that Thruxton has though. Just those two enough would probably put in the possibility of a puncture but then you factor in the sheer speed these cars doing and the load on the rubber and something has to give. Could have been lessened with the drivers taking it easier but then we wouldn't get the all-out battling we saw in most of the races.

    Bit of a shame too that the races were shortened -- though I understand why -- as the Hondas and BMWs do look after their tyres well with the latter coming on strong in the latter end of the races. Neal was a right halfwit trying to turn into the pits when he would have known that train was behind him, however you can understand why he would do it as the entrance was right there. Following on from this I was shocked and glad to see nobody collected Shedden as it would have been so easy for a car to go down that side, and because of the smoke not realise a car was there and collide with it hard.

    The support races were also fantastic, the Clios as always were good to watch and seeing them heading three-wide at the fastest parts of the circuit with barely any room between them and the slightest contact resulting in disaster was just as thrilling as any BTCC race. In fact for me personally the insane Ginetta Juniors were the most exciting race of the day, those kids have some real grit between their teeth and despite their ages have some incredible race craft and respect while fighting for positions. I think you can already see some future BTCC and maybe F1 names in amongst that lot.

    Was good to see Aiden Moffat in the other A-Class doing well until his race was unfortunately cut short and the Jordan/Jackson in-battle continues strong and so does the Focus. Was impressed and finally happy to see the other teams such as Eurotech and Power Max getting into the mix of things too. If these teams could get some better more accomplished drivers I think we would see racing on par of that of the 90s and that's a really tantalising prospect!

    Shame it's a whole month before the next round at Oulton Park but if it it's anything like Thruxton was then the wait will be worth it.
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  2. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    It was indeed a great day of racing as always. But as usual I didn't get to see all of the races due to them being spread over 6 hours. Nothing can keep my attention for that long!

    More often than not the younger racers show up the older, "more mature" BTCC racers imo. Not necessarily more skill but they are usually more tactful how they go about things both in the car and out of the car. Maybe it's because they're trying to impress to get sponsorship or another seat or maybe they're just not as hot headed yet.

    Hoping to make it over to Cheshire for Oulton park and Silverstone later in the year.

  3. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
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    Well done Colin and Subaru on your first ever win in the #BTCC. So glad it was Turks and not Plato who took it but fair play to Plato on his 3rd place even though his pass on Lloyd was a bit more of a push out of the way than a racing manoeuvre. Great entertainment and brilliant driving from both Austin and Moffat as they were both sprinting round the track together at high speed with Austin eventually managing to put in the pass.

    Knowing the Scoobys are in this sort of contention after having to withdraw from the previous meeting at Thruxton is making me excited for the next set of races and meetings.
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  4. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
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    Really scrappy final race and a shame for Shedden to get that puncture. Wanted to see what his high-speed inside lunge on Cook was like, but never got a replay to see if he was a bit too aggressive with the move. It's clear that Neal was creeping at the start and if Ingram's was a penalty then surely Neal should be the same. Again though never got to see much of the footage to compare but, he did definitely roll a tiny bit.

    The Subaru's are again looking mighty strong and Tordoff was a man on a mission and was rightly called the 'Driver of the Day'. Big well done to Collard too, he was a racer possessed and was fun to watch making his way through the pack.

    It wasn't the follow me train of last year but, there was still some of that and I would like to see more passing places on Oulton Park as it is such a fast and tough track, and if there was more opportunity to pass, I think it would make for one of the best races on the calendar.

    Croft is up next in two weeks. With the Scoobys not needing to have any weight due to their Championship position chances are they will front the grid and could take the first race, probably as a one-two. I'm certainly going to enjoy watching the RWD battle between BMW and Subaru in the remaining rounds.
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  5. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    The Scoobys sounded epic again and some saw good overtaking at the chicane. Also a dodgy crash in the F4 race where one of the drivers nearly ended up with a tire wall going over his head!

    Will have to catch up on ITV player or something to see what happened in the rest of the races.

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    Really want this rain to stick around and get a bit heavier. Would throw in a factor that would reduce some of the RWD advantage Croft delivers.
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  7. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
     
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    Well just like I said and wanted, the rain came out and shook up the grid. Some risk takers decided to go with slicks and this was completely the wrong decision, whereas others had the perfect setup along with the absolute no fear to go balls to the wall and drive like the world was about to end unless they won the race. And that is exactly what Sutton in his MG did. Boy was he in the zone and dialled in. Throwing the car about like it was perfect conditions and the grip was never in doubt... but on greasy ever getting wetter track.

    Full credit to the boy, he drove an absolute blinder. The safety cars helped bunch up the grid at times but the work still needed to be done and he did it. Now if all the rest of the remaining races could be in the rain, who knows what the MGs could end up doing.

    But the summer break is on and an AGE of waiting is beyond us as the next round isn't until the end of July.

    I always hate this time of the BTCC calendar.
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  8. Camel is offline Legendary Classic
      
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    Summer break you say? That gives me plenty of time to catch up on the days racing so I'm not going to complain.

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    That Race 2 at Knockhill was immense! Such an epic drive from Matt Neal to claw his way up the pack and eventually claim the victory. Annoyed with Plato not letting the faster Subaru through and even going as far as trying to back him into the cars behind to stop him from passing, even though they are on the same team! Turkington showed the real class of driver that he is by not pushing or punting Plato out the way, though I doubt many would have said much had he done so. Plato is so for himself that he cannot see past his own reflection compared to 'doing it for the team'. And you can tell he is hurting about not being the first to take the maiden win for TeamBMR Subaru as he tends to mention this a lot!

    It was thrilling to watch Plato and Turkington at their best though, throwing the cars about and racing hard against one another but it was clear that had Plato let Turks through, that Subaru probably would have had another win and you can see from the interview afterwards with Turks that's what he was wanting to do.

    Massive thumbs up to Neal taking his Honda from 8th to the front. A great drive on what is usually a very favourable RWD circuit.

    Big mention also to the support races of the two Ginetta championships. That first Juniors especially that was shown was an absolute belter and makes me easily think we will be seeing some of those names in the next few years in the BTCC and other disciplines.
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  10. calster17 is offline Resident rubbish car fan.
     
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    Only just back from Knockhill...left the track at 8PM!

    Big thing for me was Welsh being there, despite the car getting mangled at the last race! As always put up a good fight and even managed to get a selfie with him! Also must have been the only guy there other than my mate wearing Welsh Motorsport branded stuff! So of course got smiles & welcomes from the team.

    Race 3 was tense, I watched from Hislop's and got to see the Collard/ Turkington smash and the last 10 laps was crazy how little there was between the top 6!
    Race 2 was fun, was between the Arnold Clark Chicane & Clarks. Forget how crazy the exit is from the Chicane is! Top driver for that was Mark Howard, due to the fact of going off at the same point 3 times, getting slightly airborn on the grass(making huge divits) and then just carrying on!
    A special note to the F4, which on race one ended with 2 drivers colliding on the main straight, and a case of fisticuffs's braking out!

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    Got turned down for the roll of Grid model sadly...
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    You really have a penchant for the underdog don't you cal? I applaud you for it actually and I agree that it was quite remarkable to see Welch manage to get the car onto the grid, though I did see Rob Austin offered to lend him Sherman which I thought was equally brilliant and shows the respect a lot of the drivers have for one another.

    The speed they hang on through that chicane is something else for sure and it is a real testament to Dunlop that the tyres don't just give out after more than 20 hard laps of it. I don't tend to bother watching the Formula races, I did have it muted in the background and glanced to see a replay of the fisticuffs and am I right in thinking those two were on the same team too? Maybe I heard that wrong.

    And that is unbelievable that you were turned down for grid model. I mean look at that smile and those legs. You were born for the role mate! These teams man, I don't know what they're thinking in turning you down.
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    Sheddon!

    Final race of the season and the top 2 drivers are separated by 2 points. Sheddon needs to beat Tordoff to win the championship and has just passed in on track.

    BTCC 2016, you will be missed.

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    Was a fantastic season as always! The fact we had 8 drivers at the start of the day with a chance of winning the championship was just crazy! Respect all the drivers and don't normally mind who wins as long as it's a good race, but was rooting for Tordoff on the last race if im honest, but sadly it seemed he had no fight in him!

    Great to see Flash do a Back2Back championship though!

    Roll on 2017!
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    Late on this but the final day was a pretty good one with some amazing racing. Great to see Flash take it again though I wouldn't have minded if Turkington was to the one as he seems to be a class act and not get much recognition for it in a way. I mean when he won the title he never had a drive the next year, which is just ludicrous! Plato showing himself as a crybaby was quite good to see, hammering after Turks and basically bringing the pack onto his tail which could have so easily erased Turk's chances of winning the Driver's title by causing him a puncture or just forcing him into an error for no reason at all showed just how for himself Plato is.

    You could see after Turkington took the first win for Subaru how much it aggrieved Plato as the whole Subaru thing was his idea, his baby and so he should have been the one to do the firsts for it. Don't be surprised if Turks is out of that team is what I say, though I guess that depends on how much influence Plato really has over it all and personally I hope it's very little.

    As a whole, there were some boring follow the leader races and certain circuits will always turn out that way and the whole question of FWD vs RWD and such rears its head yet again along with the typical boost amount and what not. In saying all that though, it is still a damn good series and produces some exceptional racing and drama and I cannot wait for the 2017 season to start and will be keeping a beady eye on news about the drivers and teams who will be taking part again or making a brand new introduction due to catching the interest of others.

    I also hope we lose some of the gravel hunters and lesser drivers as it would be truly great to have more front runners mixing it up throughout the pack and delivering much needed information and knowledge to them more than they can currently get with those they have at the moment.
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