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BTCC Championship 2016

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With Rob Collard in the hunt for the championship I couldn’t not go to the final round of the BTCC this year. It meant an early start getting there before 7am but even by that time the que for South Bank was already out onto the main road and people were queuing at the gates.

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The weather was a bit cold and with wind blowing clouds along pretty fast every time I got the camera set the light changed.

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But at the same time at the right point with the right setting it gives an impressive backdrop like the header shot of Andrew Jordan in his last outing with Motorbase and Jack Goff who seemed to be running on his own most of the weekend.

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Plato seemed to have quite a frustrating weekend not having the pace to make up places having caught the car ahead. Here he is trying to pass Rob Austin in race 2.

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The track limits crack down of a few seasons ago seems to have been relaxed. For Jackson technically his wheels aren’t touching the ground so perhaps it doesn’t count as cutting the course?

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The usual support races were there. Ginetta’s and Ginetta Juniors.

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The Porsche Cup cars were also  there and raced into the early evening sun just before the BTCC final race.

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Then there was the BTCC final for which the skies cleared;
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While there was not so much forceful driving as some years the cars were all tightly packed for the first few laps.

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Not that earlier in the day was less busy.

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Maybe next year Rob…

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Last Night of Hot Rods at Plough Lane?

Well a couple of weekends ago I went to Wimbledon, possibly for the last time. I have been going there since before I was 10. I took mates there as a fist night out after I passed my driving test. I did the 3hr trip back for Best in Britain when i was at University and occasional other meetings as ‘research’. And it looks like this June the stadium will be pulled down to make way for flats and yet another football stadium. The last competitive motor sport venue inside the M25 – gone.

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-mp-save-wimbledon-stadium-for-the-nation

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It still pulls in a decent crowd considering it is a Sunday night in February so not what anyone would call warm.

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To my regret I have never been able to photograph Wimbledon such that it is recorded the way I see it, this was my best, and most probably last, attempt.

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Look down and it is racing but look up and you can see flats and aircraft approaching Heathrow. It is the strangest experience to know that you are in the heart of South London.

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Racing wasn’t televised in ‘my’ era so here is a video of Polley & Lee racing at Wimbledon, both of whom were there for this last night along with Mick Collard and his assistant Rob (Driving the car above).

BTCC Final 2015 – Brands Hatch

A very late update from last years touring car finale at Brands Hatch. I know Plato said afterwards it was all fair but I still think it was his championship and can’t believe Shedden would feel it to be justifiably his. I thought that watching on the back straight and more so watching the race later at home. Anyway, it was a while ago now so I can’t remember all the details for each of the photos but I hope you enjoy;

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I got in early for the pit walk and Collard kindly signed a picture for me along with some of the other drivers. It’s good to hear that he should be on the grid again his year and hope he can get his form consistent throughout.

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He had a good battle with Matt N**l in the second race and stayed ahead.

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The Clio Cup was supporting again with the usual bash and crash antics.

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Along with the Porsche Cup which actually had a big grid for this meeting but the racing was still a bit strung out. When they did manage to slip stream coming along Pilgrim’s Drop they were hitting the rev limiter by Hawthorns and unable to pass. Considering they had run on Saturday as well I was surprised so many of them had this basic set up issue still. It isn’t like that section of the circuit has really changed much in the last 20 years either.

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But the BTCC, as ever, was anything but strung out on the way into Druids.

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Keeping it in the family Ricky Collard was racing in Formula Ford but unfortunately didn’t manage to win the championship.

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Andy Priauix was again experimenting in ways to jack up a touring car. Another example here of him making contact but not managing to make a pass. From what I have read he isn’t returning in 2016 but will be racing for the Ford Endurance team instead.

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Ginetta were also supporting with juniors and seniors, both good racing as always.

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The paddock was interesting to walk around during the lunch break.

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I will finish with a shot of the 2015 Champion

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…well I think so anyway.

BTCC season opener at Brands 2014

A good first round was had by the BTCC grid at the beginning of April. The racing was a bit tentative to start with but soon got up to speed. Jason Plato was particularly impressive coming through the field in race 2. The Yuasa Honda’s seem to have gone from a quick car to a not so quick car as they were unable to catch Andrew Jordon in last years car.

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