BTCC 2020 Rumour Mill

BTCC 2020 Rumour Mill

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ESD1711

194 posts

9 months

Wednesday 5th February
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Great to see Matt back on the grid.

Certainly makes for a 'glitzy' line up for PMR thats for sure. Fair play to them!

chrisch77

290 posts

33 months

Wednesday 5th February
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Yup, great news to have Mat back on the grid!

DanielSan

15,420 posts

125 months

Wednesday 5th February
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How far into the season will we get before that fall out happens?

Kraken

1,536 posts

158 months

Wednesday 5th February
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They didn't have any issues last time they were in a team together did they?

MG CHRIS

7,184 posts

125 months

Wednesday 5th February
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They worked together pretty well when at rml infact cant remember any jp mj incidents to date not serious ones anyway.

Munter

30,059 posts

199 months

Monday 10th February
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PartsMonkey

163 posts

95 months

Monday 10th February
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Munter said:
What waste of time and money. Surely they would have been better off with the Avensis for another year?

lickatysplit

459 posts

88 months

Monday 10th February
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I think it was built with the intention of getting Alfa as factory backing but it didn't happen

Kraken

1,536 posts

158 months

Monday 10th February
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They had backing from the UK Alfa Dealer network but they pulled the plug.

Shame because it's a nice looking car but I can't see it being back in the BTCC at any point.

PartsMonkey

163 posts

95 months

Monday 10th February
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Kraken said:
They had backing from the UK Alfa Dealer network but they pulled the plug.

Shame because it's a nice looking car but I can't see it being back in the BTCC at any point.
I heard that but then why build the Guilietta? It's a ten year old car, due to be discontinued in the next year or so. I was surprised at the time they didn't go for a Giulia. RWD, saloon body style, newly released, far more likely to encourage manufacturer backing, it was perfect or at least I thought so.

Kraken

1,536 posts

158 months

Monday 10th February
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They said at the time that the wheelbase of the Giulia was too long and there was lots of talk of RWD cars being handicapped even more at the time but who knows the real reason. Could just be as simple as the Alfa Dealer network had a load of Giuliettas on the books that they needed to shift.;)

People assume they had the backing to continue running the Toyota but why would they when they don't have the backing to run the Alfa either. Pretty much no chance of Alfa getting involved at the works level when they have their TCR car to sell.

lickatysplit

459 posts

88 months

Monday 10th February
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PartsMonkey said:
I heard that but then why build the Guilietta? It's a ten year old car, due to be discontinued in the next year or so. I was surprised at the time they didn't go for a Giulia. RWD, saloon body style, newly released, far more likely to encourage manufacturer backing, it was perfect or at least I thought so.
They can enter a car as long as its sold x amount of units at the time of entry, it can then stay in the series as long as you want as long as it fits with the current rules

Allyc85

7,094 posts

144 months

Monday 10th February
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Smiley gets the 2nd Hyundai seat.

https://t.co/LbTJyY5Juf?amp=1

Rob197

755 posts

104 months

Wednesday 12th February
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AMD renamed Mark Blundell Motorsport, hope hes better at running a team than driving a btcc car!

MB140

2,570 posts

61 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Apparently Hamilton is to release details of his drive this season today. I am thinking the new Mini series.

Are there even any BTCC drives left.

Although I did see that Rob Austin has put the Alfa he used a couple of years back up for sale. I wonder if Hamilton has the funds to run that.

andrewcliffe

593 posts

182 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Three unconfirmed seats in BTCC

Team Hard VW CC
Motorbase Focus
Simpson Civic

Kraken

1,536 posts

158 months

Wednesday 12th February
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MB140 said:
Apparently Hamilton is to release details of his drive this season today. I am thinking the new Mini series.

Are there even any BTCC drives left.

Although I did see that Rob Austin has put the Alfa he used a couple of years back up for sale. I wonder if Hamilton has the funds to run that.
The picture he has released shows him standing in front of the car which is left hand drive. The Team Hard VW's are left hand drive, the Simpson Civic and the Focuses (last years anyway) are right hand drive. The Alfa has only just gone on sale (also rhd) so he wouldn't be running that and where would he get the TBL from?

cjslator

21 posts

124 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Kraken said:
The Alfa has only just gone on sale (also rhd) so he wouldn't be running that and where would he get the TBL from?
Let's not forget that 2x TBLs are reserved for TOCA to loan as they see fit..

What other LHD cars are unused?

A4
Levorg
CC
MG6
Q50
Cruze
1 Series
Insignia


thebigmacmoomin

2,567 posts

127 months

Wednesday 12th February
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cjslator said:
Let's not forget that 2x TBLs are reserved for TOCA to loan as they see fit..
Alan Gow has previously said the BTCC grid is too large and wants to reduce it

Kraken

1,536 posts

158 months

Wednesday 12th February
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cjslator said:
Let's not forget that 2x TBLs are reserved for TOCA to loan as they see fit..

What other LHD cars are unused?

A4
Levorg
CC
MG6
Q50
Cruze
1 Series
Insignia
He wouldn't release a tbl just so Hamilton could get a team to run a different car for him. The only way those will come back into play is a full manufacturer backed team wants to join in. Otherwise he'll stick to his plan of reducing the size of the grid.

Team Hard have a spare seat, they have a left hand drive car and the car in his picture looks awfully like it.