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slipstream 1985

6,481 posts

123 months

Saturday 4th May
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Did Chadwick just say she had about 3 different problems she was driving around?

bockaaarck

308 posts

112 months

Saturday 4th May
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slipstream 1985 said:
Did Chadwick just say she had about 3 different problems she was driving around?
Sounded that way, she’s clearly class of the field. Garcia and Koyama got stuck in to things, which was good to watch

thecook101

630 posts

59 months

Saturday 4th May
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IF SHE SAYS HISTORIC ONE MORE TIME!

Dinoboy

1,707 posts

161 months

Saturday 4th May
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Well done to Chadwick, the only thing wrong with that was Claire Cottingham!

vonuber

11,812 posts

109 months

Saturday 4th May
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bockaaarck said:
Sounded that way, she’s clearly class of the field. Garcia and Koyama got stuck in to things, which was good to watch
I thought it was pretty decent tbh. A few races in with everyone getting to grips with stuff and it should be good.

Tbh I have no issue with it being all women either, given most motorsports tend to be defacto all men.

trooperiziz

9,345 posts

196 months

Saturday 4th May
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"With the wording underneath and the podium on top it looks absolutely beautiful doesn't it?"

Errr... It looks like a Slough trading estate...


That wasn't too bad to watch, as everyone has said the commentator was hopeless and the production team not much better, but early days. The racing was more interesting than F1 at present!

slipstream 1985

6,481 posts

123 months

Saturday 4th May
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I get the impression DC got the other commentator to calm down a little.

Kraken

1,073 posts

144 months

Saturday 4th May
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vonuber said:
I thought it was pretty decent tbh. A few races in with everyone getting to grips with stuff and it should be good.

Tbh I have no issue with it being all women either, given most motorsports tend to be defacto all men.
But they are not all men because of the rules. Chadwick has raced and won amongst men as has Powell and there are other women racing today in top series who are holding their own.

Personally I think it's a very bad idea but it is great exposure for the women in it especially as it's the only live motorsport on a mainstream channel in the UK these days (Yes I know about BTCC but ITV4 is not mainstream, it's not even HD for many people).

Like I said I found it dull but open wheeled racing on tracks as wide as a motorway with massive run offs doesn't nothing for me anyway so I'm not the best judge.

bockaaarck

308 posts

112 months

Saturday 4th May
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vonuber said:
bockaaarck said:
Sounded that way, she’s clearly class of the field. Garcia and Koyama got stuck in to things, which was good to watch
I thought it was pretty decent tbh. A few races in with everyone getting to grips with stuff and it should be good.

Tbh I have no issue with it being all women either, given most motorsports tend to be defacto all men.
Yep, thought the racing was close, competitive and I enjoyed watching it, apart from the commentary. I’m in two minds about it, as a series.

Understand why it’s been put together, hope it provides an opportunity for those competing in the series. Kind of wish it wasn’t necessary though. And that talented women racers we’re getting the kind of drives, sponsorship funding and support they deserve. Based on capability and results. Some of them already are, of course.

That being said, whoever wins the series. Is going to be able to rock up to a team or series. With $500,000 worth of funding. And that’s a great opportunity to push your career on

Adrian W

11,250 posts

172 months

Saturday 4th May
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The TV presentation manage to turn it into a new level of boring, were there actually any spectators at the circuit?

JonChalk

2,017 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May
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Adrian W said:
were there actually any spectators at the circuit?
As many as are there to watch DTM.

Koln-RS

2,858 posts

156 months

Saturday 4th May
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Adrian W said:
The TV presentation manage to turn it into a new level of boring, were there actually any spectators at the circuit?
Agree, presentation needs some work, let's hope they can learn from it and the delivery gets better. But there is the potential,l and hopefully Brands will be an interesting finale.

Kraken

1,073 posts

144 months

Saturday 4th May
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JonChalk said:
As many as are there to watch DTM.
Being at the circuit and watching the support races are two different things.

JonChalk

2,017 posts

54 months

Saturday 4th May
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Kraken said:
JonChalk said:
As many as are there to watch DTM.
Being at the circuit and watching the support races are two different things.
Well, I suppose so.

It's not what I do at circuits - I watch every last bit of track action - but I get your point.

Kraken

1,073 posts

144 months

Saturday 4th May
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JonChalk said:
Well, I suppose so.

It's not what I do at circuits - I watch every last bit of track action - but I get your point.
Me too. Shocked me the first time I went to a GP how few people were watching the Porsche race. As soon as the F1 cars appeared the stands were packed.

The Brummie

7,730 posts

131 months

Saturday 4th May
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Kraken said:
The Brummie said:
Lee McKenzie.

FFS. She is awful.
It's not Lee McKenzie commentating. She's presenting. It's Claire Cottingham commentating.
I know that. But Lee is still bad.

Kraken

1,073 posts

144 months

Saturday 4th May
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Sorry, I assumed you were talking about the commentator as Lee hadn't been on screen for half an hour when the comment was posted and the thread was discussing commentary at the time.

Active75

171 posts

108 months

Saturday 4th May
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Good to see 2 British Drivers on the podium. Congratulations winner Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell. Marta Garcia at 18 is looking good for more podiums too.

I would have preferred David Coulthards commentary as the lead. The other commentator really had no idea at all. Still, lets hope she learns from Coulthard.

ajprice

16,328 posts

140 months

Saturday 4th May
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Other than the sound issues at the start of the programme, that was alright. If the commentator can stop saying everything is historic, that would be good too. In the race I expected Chadwick to sod off out front, so the lock up and wide corner made more of a race of it. Garcia and Koyama looked good though.

From what I can work out, the Alfa turbo 1.8 in these is 270bhp, more power than the regular F3 car with the 2.0 Cosworth engine.

AlexRS2782

5,508 posts

157 months

Saturday 4th May
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Quite enjoyed it tbh - i reckon it will develop / improve over the the next 5 races both in on track action / commentary & presentation.

Bit unfortunate that nobody responsible for the broadcast seemed to be aware that for a fair while, during all the important intro / promo of the driver selection process, they left the circuit mic feed(s) open and all you could hear was the tannoy, engine noise from the cars still on circuit, etc.

Rather unfortunate scene at the end with the rather hurried podium celebration. I know they're probably trying to get things done before the next DTM support race was due on circuit, but i'm not sure the female PR / W Series representative held themselves in a good light when they grabbed hold of Marta Garcia by her arm and then shoved her in front of the other two drivers to get her first in line to head to the podium. Then shortly afterwards realised that somone else had managed to hand out the 1st & 3rd place Hankook caps wrongly and proceeded to yank them off Garcia & Chadwick's heads before thrusting them back in the correct order.

I think one problem is that C4 / Whisper are obviously limited on what can be broadcast (similar to FE with just the race itself on Quest / BBC online), and once you take into account the ad breaks & race distance itself you're not left with a massive amount of time to cover much else. It would have been nice to have got interviews with the other drivers after the podium.