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Old 12-08-2002, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default Another reason to love Speed - Macau Grand Prix

Wow, Speed was showing highlights of the Macau F3 race on Motorsport Mundial this weekend.

I used to glue to the TV for the races when I was growing up in neighboring Hong Kong. Imagine how excited it was to watch it on TV here, even though it was just a highlight.

Anyways, for those who care, the Macau race is run on a street circuit that's about 4 miles long, with half of it very fast and straight along the coast, but the other half is a very twisty section on the hills. Very difficult to set up the cars to get the best balance between the two.

It (and the Korean Grand Prix) runs after the other F3 seasons have ended, therefore getting the best F3 drivers from the various series around the globe to drive there. Most F1 stars have driven in that race before.

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Old 12-08-2002, 12:23 PM   #2
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Who's the guy who does the commentary for the DTM on Speed? The one who consistently pronounces Mercedes as mert-say-deez.

The BTCC is so much better than the DTM IMHO. I just can't identify with a $750,000 Audi TT.
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Old 12-08-2002, 12:31 PM   #3
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So, Howard - You're watching all the touring car races on Speed on Sat/Sun nights too?

The BTCC commentary is great because I think it's a feed they bought straight from the UK. [And who else think Vicki Butler-Henderson is hot? I read in the UK mag Autosport that she raced some sort of touring car 2 weekends ago, but had transmission problem, so wasn't competitive in the field.] No idea who did the DTM commentary.

As for the cars, the DTM are way too powerful, with way too much aerodynamic downforce. It's like F1, with little passing except on opening laps. On the ETCC, the Alfas are way much faster, and who's idea is that all the 20 BMWs should be white in color? The only excitement comes with the Volvo, IMHO.

As a result of both good commentaries and races, the BTCC is by far the most exciting to watch of the three!

[And that FIA Sportscar stuff was so boring. I thought I would watch any car race, but I was wrong. Give me the ALMS anytime!]

-Ray

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Old 12-08-2002, 12:36 PM   #4
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It's also interesting to see the contrast between the tracks on BTCC and the other series. Those British/Irish tracks are almost like what we got here in the US - pretty crappy! [Except for Silverstone, of course.] Narrow circuits, bad pavement, little run-off areas... So much more fun to watch than Hockenheim or the Nurburgring short course, if you ask me!

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