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2012 BTCC driver line-up

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  • #130959
    Avatar of Ratboy
    Ratboy
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    This is so we know who is driving for who, as im losing track of who has switched now

    Team Dynamics
    Matt Neal (2011 champion) & Gordon Sheddon

    AMD Essex
    Ollie Jackson (selected races last year)

    Speedworks Motorsport
    Adam Morgan (r) & Tony Hughes (selected races last year)

    Thorney Motorsport
    John Thorne (r) & Rob Hedley (r)

    Motorbase
    Mat Jackson, Liam Griffin & Aron Smith (selected races last year)

    WSR
    Rob Collard, Nick Foster & Tom Onslow-Cole

    Central Group Racing
    Lea Wood (selected races last year)

    Welch Motorsport
    Dan Welch (selected races last year)

    ES Racing
    Chris James & Dave Newsham

    MG Racing
    Jason Plato & Andy Neate

    Pirtek Racing
    Andrew Jordan & Jeff Smith

    Dynojet
    Frank Wrathall

    RAR
    Mike Hazell & TBC

    TH Motorsport will appear mid-season at the earliest now due to sponsor trouble,
    Matt Hamilton
    some teams have yet announced there plans such as STR and TechSpeed
    I expect Dynojet to run Frank Wrathall again and RobAustin to run himself and a second car.
    Team AON have of course left for WTCC with Tom Chilton and James Nash

    #193910
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    Bradley Downton
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    Dynojet have confirmed and entry with Frank Wrathall and Rob Austin Racing have confirmed a 2 car assault with Rob Austin as their first driver.
    The TH Motorsport entry with Matt Hamilton in the Skoda is also confirmed

    #193911
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    Ratboy
    Keymaster

    Cheers @bradley13 i’ll add them in

    #193912
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    robk23
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    Isn’t the TH Motorsport entry in doubt? They mentioned on Twitter a month or two ago that a financial backer had pulled out and the construction of the car had been halted.

    #193913
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    Ratboy
    Keymaster

    ah did they? I thought they were being a bit quiet on there return to the sport, they always have problems with money, such a shame

    #193914
    Avatar of realracer
    realracer
    Member

    Anyone know when MG will unveil its challenger?

    #193915
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    Ratboy
    Keymaster

    theres a few teams unveilling there cars at the media day in March, they maybe one of those teams

    #193916
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    robk23
    Participant

    Another drive has left for the WTCC, this time Alex MacDowall to Bamboo.

    #193917
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    robk23
    Participant

    It’s a bit of plugging I know but I’ve put a short video up on YouTube from the test session at Oulton Park yesterday. I filmed a pit stop for one of the Motorbase Fords showing how the rear tyres on a front wheel drive car are warmed up by doing a warm up lap, coming in to swap the front and rear tyres and then going back out again. I’m sure that would be of interest to someone!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSapHy7Hq8c

    #193918
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    Ratboy
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    I had the Scuderia Vitorria team come into my garage yesterday to have some tyres changed. they must of been at the same test at Oulton. where are you based @robk23?

    #193919
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    robk23
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    @Ratboy Scuderia Vitorria were at the Oulton Park test so that might explain. I’m near Chester so I’ll go to as many Oulton tests as I can if there’ll be any more.

    #193920
    Avatar of Keith Collantine
    Keith Collantine
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    Nice video @robk23 – got me pining for my home circuit!

    #193921
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    George
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    Very interesting video Rob, makes me think of the videos from the pitlane in 60s F1, people chatting amiably in the background while the mechanics get on with it. I think there’s something to be said for that style of motor racing over the modern up-tight professionalism of F1.

    I guess tyre blankets etc are banned in BTCC, do they normally do this in qualifying? I’ve never seen it done before.

    Also I want a Caterham.

    #193922
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    Ratboy
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    Yeah its the only way to heat the rear tyres on a front wheel drive car,

    #193923
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    robk23
    Participant

    It’s also one of the few chances to be in an active BTCC pit lane! I agree with @George that the open fan friendly format of the BTCC is much better than the ‘them and us’ mentality of F1.

    I’ve never seen a tyre blanket is the BTCC so I guess they’re banned, swapping the tyres at least warms all four tyres and makes up for the lack of heat going into the tyres without drive. Likewise on a rear wheel drive car like the BMW or Audi, swapping the tyres is the only way to heat the front tyres.

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