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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Wed Apr 13 2011, 15:23

    'Home' support for Toyotas
    A significant number of Toyota GB’s workforce will be at Donington Park’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship round this Sunday (17 April) to support their Avensis model on what is its ‘home’ circuit.

    The car is manufactured just ten miles up the road at Toyota’s Burnaston plant and it is from there that bodyshells for all three Avensis seen to date in the BTCC – TOCA’s own NGTC prototype plus the independent Dynojet and Speedworks teams’ actual racing versions – heralded.

    Those present at Donington will be hoping both Frank Wrathall (Dynojet) and Tony Hughes (Speedworks) have more competitive outings after their cars experienced teething problems on their debuts in Brands Hatch’s opening round.

    Certainly, Donington is a track with special resonance for 24-year-old Lancashire racer Wrathall, whose teenage skills in karting were recognised by the organisers of the Will Hoy Scholarship – set up in memory of the late Toyota BTCC driver.



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Wed Apr 13 2011, 15:24

    Jackson wary of Chevy threat
    Mat Jackson predicts a level playing field between the turbocharged and naturally aspirated cars during Sunday’s (17 April) second round of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

    Henley in Arden’s Jackson will arrive at his home circuit on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border lying second in the overall standings, just eight points behind early season leader Jason Plato thanks to fourth, third and second place finishes in Brands Hatch’s opening three races of the season.



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    Re: BTCC 2011

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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Wed Apr 20 2011, 23:09

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    Jason Plato says he was reduced to tears by his Silverline Chevrolet team’s efforts to repair his mangled car after a violent crash looked to have ruled him out of the yesterday’s third Dunlop British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park.

    Plato’s Chevrolet Cruze was ‘written off’ after it had left the track and barrel rolled at the start of race two.

    Even the reigning champion himself described the remains of his car as “£250,000 worth of scrap metal”.

    But miraculously within two hours the RML crew that prepares the car had stripped and rebuilt it – enabling him to compete in race three. From a lowly starting position, he came through to cross the line in a highly emotional sixth and score five points that could be crucial come season’s end.

    Plato said: “It was amazing. It looked an impossible task and the car looked like a Transformer. But the lads were just amazing – you could see the passion in everybody.

    “They’re the best racing team in the world, forget F1. That was teamwork. I had tears in my eyes, they had tears in their eyes and to see their commitment makes up for all the bad weekends we’ll ever have. There was real emotion out there today.”



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Wed Apr 27 2011, 15:05







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    Honda Racing Team hit with additional boost reduction
    The Honda Racing Team will be hit with an extra restriction this weekend, as the manufacturers' points leading team will be hit with an additional handicap, being forced to run to a maximum of 1.6 boost.
    TOCA last week announced that as an equalisation measure, all cars running with the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) specification engines will be made to run at 0.1 boost less than they achieved at Brands Hatch and Donington, which for the Super 2000/NGTC cars means some cars will hit a maximum of 1.7 bar.

    Now TOCA are applying an additional restriction on the Team Dynamics Honda Civics of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden, which will pull the team closer to, if not behind the Mountune-engined Fords and Swindon-powered Vauxhall teams.

    2005-2006 champion Matt Neal believes the restriction is punishing the team for having developed the best car and engine package of the NGTC-engined runners.

    The car has shown good pace in qualifying with two pole positions, but struggled when running with full ballast at Donington Park in race two, falling behind the Vauxhalls of Andrew Jordan and James Nash.

    Matt Neal's Honda will already be running with the championship points handicap of 36kg of additional ballast at this weekend's race at the high-speed Thruxton circuit.

    Matt Neal told TouringCarTimes that Team Dynamics is a manufacturer backed team with what is regarded as one of the best handling cars in the paddock with the Honda Civic, and believes to treat the Honda team differently to the other NGTC-powered cars is unfairly hampering the team for their hard work.

    TOCA have promised performance parity between the Super 2000 and NGTC-powered cars for 2011 and 2012, but are now showing that they're prepared to equalise the performance inbetween the classes with this latest change.








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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Apr 27 2011, 15:13

    Just seen that. Strange decision in a way, as the Ford is just as fast in a straight line and the whole idea over these next few seasons is to balance the top S2000 (the RML Cruze) and the top NGTC engine (Honda). So I can't see why suddenly they are trying to balance the Honda with the Fords and Vauxhalls as well now.

    On the flip side, Steve Neal is one of the bigger whingers in the paddock and was very vocal about the BMW startline advantage a few years back amonst other things, so he can't complain when action is taken to balance the cars, although I know he will.

    A few years back when the SEATs got a 0.2 bar reduction for WTCC Pau, they were nowhere, so I expect this will push teh Hondas back to mid pack around the BMWs and Chevrolets

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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Apr 27 2011, 16:32

    Ok so it's become more obvious what went on.

    TOCA based their restrictions on the boost pressures each team was running in Qualifying. During Qualifying, Honda were only running with 1.7 boost, probably as they thought they could qualify well and get away without having to run the engines flat out. Honda turned the engines up to 1.8 for the races, so because of the rules change being based on qualifying, they are spealing like pigs because they've been outplayed at whatever game they were up to.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Wed Apr 27 2011, 17:19

    News coming through this evening - Dave Newsham has left GSR and joined STR in a second Leon.

    Shame as I thought GSR were doing a decent job with Dave - however let's face it - STR is a better bet for top 10s than either of the 2 BMW teams at the moment
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Thu Apr 28 2011, 23:20

    Just come across a rumour of Alex MacDowall missing Thuruxton due to illness, and Rob Huff replacing him
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sat Apr 30 2011, 12:43

    Turbos rule Thruxton FP1
    Tom Chilton headed Thruxton’s first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session as turbocharged cars filled the top seven spots.

    Chilton set a best lap time of 1m18.551s in his Team Aon Ford Focus. Tom Boardman, in his Special Tuning Racing SEAT Leon, was the only other driver to break the 1m19s barrier as he set the second fastest time in 1m18.764s.

    In an incident-free session held under sunny skies but with a strong wind blowing across the Hampshire circuit, Mat Jackson was third fastest in his Airwaves Racing Ford Focus followed by Andrew Jordan’s Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra – both drivers of course go into this weekend off the back of wins in the series’ most recent round at Donington Park.

    The Honda Racing Civics of Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal – the latter’s car carrying considerable success ballast due to his arriving here lying second in the points table – were fifth and sixth ahead of the surprise of the session, Tom Onslow-Cole’s AmD Milltek Racing.com VW Golf. Onslow-Cole of course is a former double winner here and his whole team is riding high in confidence after he gave its car a first-ever points finish at Donington.

    Jason Plato was the highest of the normally-aspirated runners in his Silverline Chevrolet Cruze, the last man to get within a second of Chilton’s pace. Notably, the RML outfit that prepares Plato’s Cruze had placed sponsor logos on it upside down in humour after his much-publicised roll at Donington! The WSR BMW of home hero Robert Collard was ninth ahead of Plato’s poorly team-mate Alex MacDowall in tenth.



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sat Apr 30 2011, 16:08

    Shedden on Thruxton pole
    Gordon Shedden has qualified in pole position for tomorrow’s Dunlop British Touring Car Championship round at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.

    Scotsman Shedden set a best time of 1m17.004s to secure his second consecutive pole at Thruxton and also the third in a row this year for his Honda Racing team.

    Rising star Andrew Jordan was second fastest in his Pirtek Vauxhall Vectra, just 0.062s behind.

    Third was Neal’s team-mate Matt Neal, currently second in the standings, but championship leader James Nash could only manage the tenth fastest time in his 888 Racing with Collins Vectra that is carrying the maximum 45kgs of success ballast


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sun May 01 2011, 17:13

    I think the Turbo cars still have an advantage but we'll see !!


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    Re: BTCC 2011

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    Re: BTCC 2011

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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Thu May 05 2011, 00:51

    :trophy: :checkeredflag:


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Thu May 26 2011, 13:42

    TOCA issues tech amendments
    TOCA has this morning issued the following technical bulletin to all teams ahead of Oulton Park’s Dunlop MSA British Car Championship event on 4-5 June.

    Following full analysis of technical data, input from teams/engine builders and taking into consideration other relevant results/information*, in accordance with Championship Regulations 1.1, 1.11.2.a, 1.11.2.b the Administrator has mandated that with effect for and from Round 10 of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship;

    1. The minimum weight for all S2000 NA FWD cars is reduced by 25kgs to 1145kgs

    2. The minimum weight for all S2000 NA RWD cars is reduced by 10kgs to 1140kgs

    3. Regulation 5.2.21.1 is suspended; the first gear ratio for S2000 NA RWD cars is now free.

    4. All registered cars running to Championship Regulation 5.2.23 are required to compete with a maximum boost pressure 0.05 bar lower than that permitted for each car on the TOCA Performance Monitoring Device at Rounds 7,8 & 9 (Thruxton). However the introduction of this revised boost limit remains suspended; the Administrator reserves the right to promptly implement this during the course of an event, if/when deemed required, given that the 24hr notice period provided-for in the regulations has now been communicated.

    *Technical analysis and data reviewed by;
    Paul Leeming, Chairman of the Engine Technical Review Panel.
    Peter Riches, BTCC Technical Director.
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Jon on Sat May 28 2011, 19:15

    Interesting insight on Neil Hudson's own blog, apparently the Techspeed cars can't make it down to the new minimum weight as they've taken all the ballast out of the car already. No idea about the RML cars.

    The turbos will still probably have an advantage at Outlton
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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Sat May 28 2011, 21:05

    :trophy: :checkeredflag: Plato for a triple......!!


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Mon Jun 06 2011, 17:48

    Onslow-Cole joins Aon
    Tom Onslow-Cole will re-join Team Aon for the remainder of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season it was announced this morning.

    Onslow-Cole will drive the squad’s third ‘Global’ Ford Focus car alongside Tom Chilton and Andy Neate – he won four times for it in 2010 and came close to winning the outright drivers’ title.

    The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the New Malden racer parted ways with VW Golf squad AmD Milltek Racing.com following yesterday’s second race at Oulton Park.

    It could be a timely move – both Aon cars were nearer the front-running pace at Oulton with Neate in particular achieving best-ever qualifying and race results of third and fifth respectively.

    Onslow-Cole said: “I’d like to thank Tom (Chilton) for securing my return to Team Aon this season. We have been in regular touch and I know that he has been particularly persuasive in me rejoining the team. I’m looking forward to racing with Tom again this year and helping him and Andy develop the new car to its true potential this season.

    “I have some great memories from the 2010 season with Team Aon and I look forward to building on those in the new Global Ford Focus this year. I’m very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

    Team Principal Mike Earle added: “Tom was a fantastic asset to the team last season and he makes a very welcome return. The new Focus has already proven itself with a podium in its first ever race weekend at Brands Hatch, but there is still a lot of work to do in developing the car further.

    “We know from previous experience that Tom will provide a great deal of feedback and help us move forward as a team and we look forward to seeing all three cars move further up the standings as the season goes on.”



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Mon Jun 06 2011, 21:38

    Neal..........what a NUMPTY jocolor


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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Wed Jun 08 2011, 22:07

    Hollamby set for Croft return
    Team principal Shaun Hollamby looks set to race his AmD Milltek Racing.com outfit’s VW Golf in Croft’s round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (Sun 19 June).

    Hollamby says he’s been inundated with calls from drivers wanting to replace Tom Onslow-Cole who left the team at Oulton Park last weekend.

    “We must have had at least 45 serious individual enquiries – I have been quite astonished,” Hollamby told btcc.net. “However, we want to get this right so instead of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire we’ve decided on a known quantity for Croft – me!”

    Orpington’s Hollamby, who raced the Golf in its debut BTCC season of 2010, will test at his squad’s home circuit of Brands Hatch tomorrow – the car is now a much more competitive machine after being fitted with a turbocharged engine for the 2011 season. Prior to his departure Onslow-Cole had raced it to three top ten finishes and qualified it sixth fastest at Thruxton.

    Hollamby added: “We will see how I get on at Croft and then decide on the next course of action during the lengthy mid-season break.

    “I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our sponsors but especially Phil Millington from Milltek and Tesco Momentum 99 without whose support the last few days would have been much harder!”



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Fri Jun 17 2011, 12:22

    Wood wins HiQ fans vote
    Lea Wood has won HiQ’s latest Champagne Moment award as voted for by fans of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

    Wood’s inspired drive from 21st to seventh in his ageing 2006 BTC-spec Honda Integra at Oulton Park not only rewarded him with a maiden top ten BTCC result but also his first win in the popular online poll run by Teams Championship sponsor HiQ.

    The Hereford racer received 28 per cent of the vote ahead of Andy Neate on 21 and Nick Foster on 19.

    As with all HiQ Champagne Moments held after each BTCC round, one member of public taking part will be selected to attend a future fixture with a pair of tickets and to present the winning driver with their bottle of bubbly.



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Fri Jun 17 2011, 12:22

    TO-C feeling right at home
    Tom Onslow-Cole says he felt at home right away during his first run in Team Aon’s new Ford today.

    The New Malden racer got his first go in the outfit’s ‘Global’ Focus during a damp lunchbreak at Brands Hatch, Kent.

    Starting at Croft this weekend he’ll join Tom Chilton and Andy Neate in the Aon line-up for the remainder of this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Last year he won four times for Aon in its 2010 Focus and came close to winning the drivers’ title outright.

    Today though was his first opportunity since leaving the AmD Milltek racing.com team at Oulton Park a fortnight ago to sample the Arena Motorsport-developed ‘Global’ Focus, the successor to 2010’s model.

    Onslow-Cole told btcc.net: “The car felt quite homely straightaway. Finding all the buttons and switches all came very naturally which sometimes isn’t the case with new cars.



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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Fri Jun 17 2011, 12:24

    TOCA issues tech amends
    TOCA, organiser of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, has this afternoon issued its teams with the following technical regulation amendments ahead of this weekend’s (18-19 June) round at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire.

    Following full analysis of data* and in accordance with Championship Regulation 1.11.2.a, the Administrator has mandated that with effect for and from Round 13 of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship;

    All registered cars running to Championship Regulation 5.2.23 are required to compete with a maximum boost pressure 0.05 bar lower than that permitted for each car at Rounds 10, 11 & 12 (Oulton Park).

    The above revised boost limit is in addition to that advised in CB16, which remains suspended. The Administrator continues to reserve the right to promptly implement the previously notified revision, to individual cars (in accordance with CR 1.11.2.a), at any time during the course of an event if/when deemed required and given that the 24hr notice period provided-for in the regulations has previously been communicated.




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    Re: BTCC 2011

    Post by Eurostc on Wed Jun 22 2011, 12:16

    WSR enjoy best weekend of the season at Croft
    West Surrey Racing's Rob Collard and Nick Foster had a great run at Croft, with Collard on the podium in all three races and Foster claiming his first podium in the final race of the day.
    The two drivers showed great teamwork, with Foster allowing Collard through in race three to try and attack Mat Jackson's Focus, but gave the position back to his team-mate on the final lap.

    "Unlike some teams in motorsport we're quite happy for our guys to race each other, although obviously as long as they don't take each other off!" said WSR Team Principal Dick Bennetts.

    "In this case Rob came on the radio and told us he felt he was quicker than Nick and would like to try to get past Mat Jackson. We relayed this to Nick who then let Rob through."

    "Although Rob had a couple of goes, he couldn't get past Mat, and waved yellows at the final bend meant he couldn't do it on the last lap. Coming onto the finish straight he very sportingly gave Nick back the place."

    Bennetts also expressed that he's not certain the championship is at parity yet, despite the normally aspirated BMW's success at Croft, but is hopeful a mid-season review by TOCA will come up with new revisions.


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