I'll be there (only on the Sunday due to my job) as I always try to get to the big events at Knockhill to try and help keep the big series coming North of the border but I have to admit that I'm finding it difficult to get excited about the TOCA Tour this year. The BTCC field is low on quality and it seems that the drivers can't get by each other without taking each other off this season.
The supports mostly have thin fields as well so I'm not all that fired up for this meeting. Looking forward to the next club meeting far more.
Sorry for being the daft Lad but whats happening on the Friday night at which bridge? And yes youll find me proping up the bar on Saturday night, I'll be the one dressed as Bertie Basset!!!!!!! Lets hope the weather is kind to all of us over the weekend Andrew
Same as Mike for me, will be there on the Sunday only... have to say I'm not too interested this year, as BTCC has been going downhill over the last few years - last year was alright, but what little I've seen of this year hasn't inspired me much. However I was always a big Matt Neal fan in the old Super Touring days, and I believe he's leading the championship, so that's one good reason to watch!
I disagree GR - I was at Thruxton and Croft this season for the BTCC and both weekends were well entertaining. Muller is catching Neal and it could go down to the wire - especially if Yvan gets a good result at Knockhill.
The Clios have been there usual entertaining selves - the GT3 race should be good as we have Gordon Shedden and Jim Geddie to cheer on at the weekend.
I'll be flying up with Jim and my mate Chris is coming along for a beer-fuelled weekend since I'm not racing froa change - we'll be the ones falling about somewhere - look for the smoke from the BBQ and you'll find us!
Mcintyremarshal - we'll probably see you in the pub on the Saturday night - you should be easy to spot if you have your orange overalls on - especially when you are up on the karaoke!!!
Anyone who wants a sneak preview of my new design, the NS-R XR2 should be in the back of Jim Geddie's truck with the GT3...
I must be watching a different BTCC from the rest of you - I've tended to think it was pretty rubbish. Whenever Plato, Muller etc get close to another car they seem to take it off rather than have any close racing, plus there only usually seems to be about 5 competitive cars - guess the highlights packages on TV must have been badly done or something. :/ Good thing about Knockhill is that it can take even the most mediocre racing divisions and force them to have good races so hopefully it'll deliver on the day.
More looking forward to the supports - clios are always good and I saw Jim Geddie's Porsche on a trailer heading out of Dundee towards Aberdeen today, Nick - guess it was on it's way out to Alan Keith's place for final preperation?
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Surprised to see people like the BTCC this year... I haven't even bothered watching most of them, but the few races I have seen on tv were incredibly boring. As Mike says, the only action is usually Plato or Muller punting someone off. Granted it's still more interesting than F1, but that's not really hard
Having said that, I'm a die-hard Super Touring fan, and I've never found the hot-hatch format to be even close to what Super Touring was, so perhaps I'm failing to notice some good points because of that...
Good point MB - we'll have to cheer Johnathon on at his home circuit as well.
Yes, Jim was testing yesterday morning at Knockhill. It was on its way back to St Cyrus and will be back to the circuit on Thursday in the Apex truck along with the NS-R XR2 - you may be able to get a sneak preview of thew new livery if you come over to the truck.
SpeedyV - only an 8 pack? !!! ;D
Norm - yep, I'll be about all weekend from the Friday night so we'll see you about.
GR/MH - I haven't seen all the coverage on the telly but apart from the debacle at Mondello, there has been some good racing. Shame there aren't more cars out there however, Gow is already working on that for next year as he has set up some meetings with potential new teams for 2006.
Take a look at the 2006 GT3 in the paddock as well - it looks the business as it has lots of carbon effect bits on it...
Ooh, first post for a while, not sure I remember what to do!
I'm afraid I won't be there this weekend. Competing in a hillclimb Sat and Sun in the XR2, my first of anything to do with motorsport this year! Driving always comes before watching, and I have a feeling that I'll be as rusty as the car after nearly a year out of it.
I think the BTCC has done well to avoid becoming boring. I've watched most of the first races, but after the Brands opener was seriously tempted not to bother with the rest as it was boring and 11 cars a poor showing. Thus far things have improved and the racing has been alright. OK Plato has a habit of pushing folk out the way, but so did Anthony Reid last year. It's hard, but until he's penalised for it, obviously fair.
In honesty though, if you want sheer entertainment value in racing, start watching the two wheeled stuff. There's often more than half the grid covered by less than a second in qualifying, you can practically guarantee more passing in one race than an entire F1 season, and it hurts when they crash
Speaking of telly spectating, just read they're finally bringing Motors TV to NTL on September 8th, hurray . Ah, V8 Supercars, Live BTCC AND support races, DTM, more bikes than you can chuck a spanner at. I suppose that'll mean an end to the marriage...a whole 8 weeks by then ;D