BTCC 2020 Rumour Mill

BTCC 2020 Rumour Mill

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MG CHRIS

6,703 posts

117 months

Thursday 13th February
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Been a few ngtc cars up for sale bmr have a levorg up for sale also the moffats merc has been up for sale a while and one of the avensis for a very reasonable 60K.
Outside of ngtc one of the integra type r is been auctioned at race retro too. A few ex btcc floating around.

Kraken

1,321 posts

150 months

Friday 14th February
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MG CHRIS said:
Been a few ngtc cars up for sale bmr have a levorg up for sale also the moffats merc has been up for sale a while and one of the avensis for a very reasonable 60K.
Outside of ngtc one of the integra type r is been auctioned at race retro too. A few ex btcc floating around.
No use without a license to run them though and all the teams with licenses have cars of their own.

Munter

29,178 posts

191 months

Friday 14th February
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Kraken said:
MG CHRIS said:
Been a few ngtc cars up for sale bmr have a levorg up for sale also the moffats merc has been up for sale a while and one of the avensis for a very reasonable 60K.
Outside of ngtc one of the integra type r is been auctioned at race retro too. A few ex btcc floating around.
No use without a license to run them though and all the teams with licenses have cars of their own.
They can run them in TCT though.

DanielSan

14,685 posts

117 months

Friday 14th February
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Munter said:
They can run them in TCT though.
Likely to be cheaper running a TCR car in that though than having to buy the specific NGTC parts for them, Levorg especially will need some tweaks as it'll need a TOCA lump in it now rather than the boxer surely?

GbGaz

70 posts

71 months

Saturday 15th February
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Anyone know the likelihood of Bushell and Neal being allowed/able to race by Donnington? If not, then who would take their seats until cleared to race?

re. that Motorbase seat.... I've heard rumours about Rob Gravett......

rallycross

10,622 posts

187 months

Saturday 15th February
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GbGaz said:
Anyone know the likelihood of Bushell and Neal being allowed/able to race by Donnington? If not, then who would take their seats until cleared to race?

re. that Motorbase seat.... I've heard rumours about Rob Gravett......
whats up with them?

ols

106 posts

85 months

Saturday 15th February
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rallycross said:
GbGaz said:
Anyone know the likelihood of Bushell and Neal being allowed/able to race by Donnington? If not, then who would take their seats until cleared to race?

re. that Motorbase seat.... I've heard rumours about Rob Gravett......
whats up with them?
Bushell was rushed to hospital with cardiac issues last month / earlier this month.
Neal came off his bicycle at speed and hurt his hand, I believe.

One thing I know for sure however is that Rob Gravett will be driving the Motorbase Kia Cee'd this year.

GbGaz

70 posts

71 months

Saturday 15th February
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ols said:
Bushell was rushed to hospital with cardiac issues last month / earlier this month.
Neal came off his bicycle at speed and hurt his hand, I believe.

One thing I know for sure however is that Rob Gravett will be driving the Motorbase Kia Cee'd this year.
From autosport re. Neals accident - "Basically broken clavicle, multiple fractures to shoulder, broken rib, punctured lung which then collapsed.

GbGaz

70 posts

71 months

Wednesday
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Motorbase announce 3 new mk4 focus’ then... first shell complete and in build, two more shells to follow!
Looks mega in the pics and very reminiscent of the first motorbase ngtc chassis build in red! Though mr Bartrum claims the first build was in 2011 when they turned up at snetterton and took everyone by surprise in his statement.... it was 2012.. I guess all the seasons roll into one when you’re working that hard to keep up the sharp end!

Bet you can’t wait for shakedown Ollie?!

Just the matter of the other driver now! 🤔

The Wookie

11,844 posts

178 months

Wednesday
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Cannot wait for the shakedown indeed!! The first car is mine and it will likely be the first to be completed so I'll be getting the honour of being the first to turn a wheel in the new beast.

I've been involved in the project since the start and I'm massively, massively excited about it.

I think there was still life in the old girl left but the time was right and the team have taken all of the shortcomings of the old car on board and the new one should be a big step on for us.

stevemcs

3,947 posts

43 months

Wednesday
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The Wookie said:
Cannot wait for the shakedown indeed!! The first car is mine and it will likely be the first to be completed so I'll be getting the honour of being the first to turn a wheel in the new beast.

I've been involved in the project since the start and I'm massively, massively excited about it.

I think there was still life in the old girl left but the time was right and the team have taken all of the shortcomings of the old car on board and the new one should be a big step on for us.
I know you cannot say much but other than standardised parts is there any parts being carried over from the old Focus or is everything brand new for the MK4. Assuming this year is going to be more of a development year I would have thought the Mk4 Focus should be right up there in terms of pace, its more Civic esque with the wheels pushed out into the corners much more.

The Wookie

11,844 posts

178 months

Wednesday
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stevemcs said:
I know you cannot say much but other than standardised parts is there any parts being carried over from the old Focus or is everything brand new for the MK4. Assuming this year is going to be more of a development year I would have thought the Mk4 Focus should be right up there in terms of pace, its more Civic esque with the wheels pushed out into the corners much more.
There are inevitably some carry over parts but it is a new car to the same level as Honda going from the FK2 to the FK8

It is going to be a development year but we're hoping that the strengths of the car will put us in a good position from the off and we can work from there. Traditionally the first few venues were good for the old car so fingers crossed we can hit the ground running!!

Speed Badger

1,085 posts

67 months

Wednesday
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Looking good Wookie, have they gone for the WSR 'mid-engine' setup? wink

The Wookie

11,844 posts

178 months

Wednesday
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Speed Badger said:
Looking good Wookie, have they gone for the WSR 'mid-engine' setup? wink
Haha sadly not an option for FWD as I’m sure you know!!

GbGaz

70 posts

71 months

Wednesday
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The Wookie said:
Cannot wait for the shakedown indeed!! The first car is mine and it will likely be the first to be completed so I'll be getting the honour of being the first to turn a wheel in the new beast.

I've been involved in the project since the start and I'm massively, massively excited about it.

I think there was still life in the old girl left but the time was right and the team have taken all of the shortcomings of the old car on board and the new one should be a big step on for us.
Blimey exciting times and a nice position to be in.. must have been hard keeping mum lol

Latest motoring news isnt online yet (keep checking!) looking forward to reading the article on the 3 new cars

stevemcs

3,947 posts

43 months

Wednesday
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The Wookie said:
There are inevitably some carry over parts but it is a new car to the same level as Honda going from the FK2 to the FK8

It is going to be a development year but we're hoping that the strengths of the car will put us in a good position from the off and we can work from there. Traditionally the first few venues were good for the old car so fingers crossed we can hit the ground running!!
Good Luck for the year & I hope to see you up on the podium

The Wookie

11,844 posts

178 months

Wednesday
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GbGaz said:
Blimey exciting times and a nice position to be in.. must have been hard keeping mum lol

Latest motoring news isnt online yet (keep checking!) looking forward to reading the article on the 3 new cars
Indeed, I think everyone has done pretty well to keep it quiet!!

Wife just picked up my copy, just about to read it!

The Wookie

11,844 posts

178 months

Wednesday
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stevemcs said:
Good Luck for the year & I hope to see you up on the podium
Thank you Steve thumbup

Rob197

746 posts

96 months

Thursday
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Matching cars and a new name for the Mercedes pair

DanielSan

14,685 posts

117 months

Thursday
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Rob197 said:
Matching cars and a new name for the Mercedes pair
Be interesting see how small the text is on itv4 for the whole name to fit in the standings table