Welcome to ZRoadster.org - BMW Z1 Z4 Z8 Z3 Forum and Technical Database

If you want to join in with the discussion, and see the areas which are available only to members then sign up now!

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

30 Races, 7 Champs, 4 Letters: BTCC 2014 Preview

Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by Zorg, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Zorg

    Zorg Zorg Addict

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2012
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    44
    Trophy Points:
    52
    Change can be a wonderful thing. A chance for the norm to be swept away and an exciting new dawn to be thrust into the atmosphere. Just look at F1 for instance; we’ve had a Vettel downfall, the latest “something-gate” in the form of fuel-gate, a rookie podium for Kevin Magnussen, a full on BOTTAS charge, and almost all of it because of the new 2014 regulations.

    Likewise, the British Touring Car Championship has enjoyed the recent winds of change. Cheaper running costs coupled with faster, better looking cars, with additional TV presence over the past couple of seasons has seen the nation’s best loved race series enter 2014 with the excitement and interest not seen since the Super Touring era of the 1990’s. Here at Badger, we take a look at what’s been causing all the fuss going into a mega-hyped season.

    [​IMG]
    As close as they come; the BTCC returns soon…

    Seven Champions on the “Menu”. Snigger.


    Without doubt the biggest selling point going into the season is the presence of no fewer than SEVEN former BTCC champions. Series stalwarts Gordon Shedden (2012), Colin Turkington (2009), reigning champion Andrew Jordan and the best of enemies Matt Neal (2005, 2006, 2011) and Jason Plato (2001, 2010) are this season joined by the returning names of Fabrizio Giovanardi (2007, 2008) – who has by far and away the most Italian name in existence – and a certain Alain Menu (1997, 2000) who has the most pun-vulnerable name ever.

    Now, who can remember this one? Giovanardi made his name in 1990’s European Touring Car racing, to the extent that in 2001, he tested for a little known F1 team called Ferrari at Viarano…

    [​IMG]
    Photo Credit: Ferrari Media ‘It’s quick, but it’s no Alfa 156…’

    Car-azy Amounts of Models


    Behave – its car models we’re referring to here. But from the established front-running models, such as the MG 6 GT and Honda Civic, down to the new breed of Audi S3’s and Mercedes A-Class’s, the grid features thirteen model of cars from eleven different manufacturers.

    Only the crack Honda Racing and MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save (catchy name) teams enjoy factory support this season, but as Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing proved in 2013, that really isn’t the be all and end all.

    And don’t think team orders come into play either, as proven by the Honda pairing of Matt Neal and Gordan Sheddon proved at Oulton Park in 2011. Facepalm, as the kids would say.


    Support Races Galore (Take note Bernie)


    As far as watching live motorsport goes, the BTCC package offers, without a shadow of a doubt, ruddy good value for money.

    Without wishing to sound like a corny advertisement, each of the 10 race weekends throughout the year feature 10 races each; 3 BTCC races, 2 Porsche Carrera Cup GB races, Ginetta Junior and GT4 Supercup events, and the quite frankly mental Renault UK Clio Cup. All of this leads to an exciting paddock, which is open to all.

    So, it’s a world away from the handful of GP2/3 events the FIA provides, which as entertaining as they may be, pale in comparison. Much more Happy Meal than Big Mac. Without the toy.

    NOISE


    A brief one here, but with the volume switch having been turned slightly (it’s still pleasant, but not loud) in 2014, fans have been craving loud engine noises. “WE NEED OUR FIX”, we hear you cry. Well, you’ll get it with the infamous Touring Car serenade of spitting and popping. God bless ye, ol’ BTCC soundtrack.

    So that’s that. BTCC 2014 is shaping up to be the best in well over a decade, and with the first race at Brands Hatch happening this weekend, and coinciding with the Malaysian Grand Prix, Sundays really do struggle to get any better than that.

    Author information

    [​IMG]
    Joe Diamond
    Twitter

    This article "30 Races, 7 Champs, 4 Letters: BTCC 2014 Preview" originally found on Badger GP

    Continue reading...
     
  2. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15,111
    Likes Received:
    9,173
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Location:
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Model of Z:
    BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport
    Ok, so not F1 but it came through on the Badger F1 feed...

    Love Touring Cars. Best racing in the world!
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  3. Stormy_be

    Stormy_be Zorg Guru (I)
    Belgian Zeds

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2013
    Messages:
    745
    Likes Received:
    469
    Trophy Points:
    97
    Location:
    Belgium, ieper
    Model of Z:
    Z3 2.8 Roadster
    Should the F1-feed be renamed to "Racing"?
    Then BTCC, WTCC, etc -feeds, all could be in that section.

    Koen
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  4. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15,111
    Likes Received:
    9,173
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Location:
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Model of Z:
    BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport
    Hmm. I'll think about this, as I don't have any decent RSS feeds from other Motorsports to use. I'll have a look and see what I can find.
     
  5. Stormy_be

    Stormy_be Zorg Guru (I)
    Belgian Zeds

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2013
    Messages:
    745
    Likes Received:
    469
    Trophy Points:
    97
    Location:
    Belgium, ieper
    Model of Z:
    Z3 2.8 Roadster
    Maybe @TMC Motorsport would like to give updates about his racing performances within the MC750 club as one of the treats?
     
  6. NeRo

    NeRo Moderator
    Staff Member Global Moderator British Zeds Scottish Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    297
    Trophy Points:
    122
    Location:
    Linlithgow
    Model of Z:
    Z3
    For all my updates on BTCC, I follow BTCC Crazy
    (also on FB and Twitter)
     
  7. GazHyde

    GazHyde The Gaz Monkey
    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator British Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2011
    Messages:
    15,111
    Likes Received:
    9,173
    Trophy Points:
    226
    Location:
    Newbury, Berkshire
    Model of Z:
    BMW Z4 3.0Si Sport
    I'll have a look and see if they have an RSS feed I can snaffle.
     
  8. NeRo

    NeRo Moderator
    Staff Member Global Moderator British Zeds Scottish Zeds

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    633
    Likes Received:
    297
    Trophy Points:
    122
    Location:
    Linlithgow
    Model of Z:
    Z3
    Anyone looking for a poster of the BTCC cars, you can download one here ~ Spotters Guide
     

Share This Page