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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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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.

Goodwood Revival 2015

Another year, another revival and another update in only a week! Editing pictures must be more fun than having to buy a kettle…

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This year with a big event remembering of Battle of Britain a few days after the revival there were more war birds than I could count. Appropriately, given their far greater numbers during 1940, there was a Hurricane on display. I actually learnt today that at the time of the Battle of Britain the Hurricane had a higher rate of climb than the Spitfire.

But the Spitfire could do this;

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…and somehow the shape just inspires confidence.

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What is interesting walking around is that the design influences clearly make it through to the racing cars of the 40’s and 50’s.

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I don’t have a good picture from this year showing the riveted construction that mimics the aircraft from 15 years earlier.

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Of course while the prestige cars have better lineage everyone comes to see the saloon cars because of the close and dramatic racing. Here Mike Jordan corners the Lotus Cortina he was sharing with his BTCC champion son, Andrew. It was a shame they hadn’t had the development of the Team Dynamics car as they were loosing out on the straights.

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Here Shedden shows his Scottish heritage getting the car onto 3 wheels though Madgewick in car he was sharing with Crasher Neal.

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One of the oddities of the day I took this rather smoky picture in the morning session and then this picture in the afternoon.

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It was only after I got that I noticed the driver staring straight down the lens. I missed getting a programme this year so I have no idea who you are, but hello!

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A Goodwood Revival update wouldn’t be the same without a Swiftune shot. 2 wheels off on a corner that falls away on the exit – totally committed.

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This year the Galaxies were there again, this one driven by Jochen Mass, but they couldn’t keep up with the Cortina’s.

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The circuit has lots going on in the middle but there as always the feeling that I might be missing something when you can hear the cars on track!

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As in previous years the first race is on the Friday night. Many people leave before it starts which is a great shame. It is great to watch the cars pound into the dark.

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