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KNOCKHILL MEMORIES... BY MATT SALISBURY It’s always a big weekend for Knockhill when the BTCC comes to town, but it will be even bigger in 2012 with the race meeting being the 20th time that British Touring Cars will have competed on Scottish soil. Since that first meeting back in 1992, there has been action aplenty at the tight and twisty Fife circuit and plenty of controversial clashes – such as last season when Tom Boardman and Jason Plato clashed in the final race of the weekend. Ahead of the Knockhill weekend, Inside BTCC decided to ask members of the paddock what their top moment from the BTCC at Knockhill was – and one iconic touring car moment got it’s fair share of mentions… Matt Neal: One would have to be when we got the 12-3 finish with the Integra with me, Gordon and Gareth Howell – that was a great weekend. Something else that sticks in the mind www.insidebtcc.com

is Gabriele Tarquini rolling the Alfa in 1994 and then James Thompson crashing in testing in 1995. They were both big shunts Jason Plato: Tarquni rolling the Alfa Romeo and James’ big accident in the Cavalier are two that stick in the mind – Jimmy’s accident was a really bad one. One thing personally I can remember is driving for Williams Renault and holding off Laurent Aiello’s Nissan for 25 laps. Over the start-finish line I would ease off just a little to force him to go to the outside as I could then defend into turn one but eventually he decided not to keep his foot in and just fired me off. It was a bit like Tom Boardman last year, only more aggressive! Something else I can remember is Patrick Watts leading in the Mazda, although he didn’t manage to win the race. I’ve had some good drives through the field at Knockhill – it takes an epic run sometimes to go from the back to the front.

Andy Jordan: There isn’t one race at Knockhill that sticks in my mind – it’s a circuit where there is always a lot going on and plenty of action. Turn one always used to be great when there was the big kerb on the inside, and I can remember seeing cars go through there on two wheels. Rob Collard: Taking my first BTCC win with WSR in the MG back in 2005 in the rain. I’ll never forget it as Yvan Muller was chasing me for quite a while and he is an expert in the wet so to keep ahead of him was great. Tom Onslow-Cole: Having a really strong weekend and playing a key role in helping Vauxhall and Giovanardi to win the title back in 2008. It was a weekend that was a real turning point for my career and gave me the confidence to push on and become an established name on the grid. Adam Morgan: Tarquini rolling the Alfa Romeo in

1994 – I remember that as it just kept rolling! It’s a mental track that takes guts. You have to just hold on and go for it! Ollie Jackson: I’ve not raced a touring car at Knockhill before and I’m looking forward to it. I can remember being there in the Carrera Cup and being at the end of a train of cars heading into turn one. I saw the three in front get onto two wheels through turn one and thought ‘That looks mega’. Then I realised I was probably doing the same! Aron Smith: That safety car period last year sticks in my mind – I think it was the most abrupt and quick end to a race I’ve had! I love Knockhill though, it’s great to see the cars getting up on two wheels when they push across the kerbs. It’s always the most exciting circuit on the calendar and I can’t wait to go there again this year. Mat Jackson: Tarquini’s roll is a quite a memorable moment and it one of the Inside BTCC 19

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Inside BTCC - Issue 13 - Knockhill (August 2012)  

Issue 13 of Inside BTCC - an e-mag dedicated to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Looking ahead to rounds 19, 20 and 21 of th...

Inside BTCC - Issue 13 - Knockhill (August 2012)  

Issue 13 of Inside BTCC - an e-mag dedicated to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Looking ahead to rounds 19, 20 and 21 of th...

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