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iconic images of the BTCC across the years. Whenever you see a montage of the series, that accident is always included. Paul O’Neill: I can remember being there in 2002 with the Astra Coupe. I was chasing Anthony Reid in the rain and as we came down to the hairpin, I turned my headlights off so he couldn’t see me in the spray and dived up the inside to take the lead. Then I put my lights back on again! Chris James: Nearly rolling in qualifying last year sticks in my memory – I think you could get a cigarette paper in the gap there was between going over and landing back on my wheels again! Knockhill is great and always gets exciting racing and controversy, like last year with Jason and Tom. Andy Neate: Tarquini going over in the Alfa Romeo – and Murray Walker getting very excited by it! Rob Huff: I remember James Thompson’s accident

back at turn one when he was testing. It was a huge accident and he was lucky to come back from it. Dave Newsham: I can remember being there as a spectator back in 1995 when I’d bought a new Vauxhall and had been invited to go along and watch the races. It was brilliant at the chicane seeing the cars come through on two wheels and then we got to spend time with John Cleland and James Thompson. Now I’m going back there myself in the BTCC – and with a Vauxhall! Tony Gilham: I’ve been there a few times in the Porsche Carrera Cup and one thing that sticks in my mind is when Jonny Adam was with Motorbase and his fire extinguisher went off in the car during one of the races. I suspect he would have tried to carry on but it went off when he was talking to ITV live in the car so he couldn’t really hide it!

DAVE NEWSHAM TAKES US ON A LAP OF THE TRACK... Having taken his maiden win in the BTCC at Snetterton, Dave Newsham will be on home soil next time around at Knockhill. Ahead of the weekend, the Inverness-based Team ES Racing driver talked us through a lap of the Fife circuit… Coming down to the first corner, I tend to use a bit of the pit exit to help line the car up and then it is a case of carrying as much as you can through turn one – most of the time on two wheels as you have to use the kerb quite a lot. Turn one is a very difficult corner because you don’t know if you are going to come over the brow of the hill and find a car in front of you; it is totally blind. It takes a while to know where you need to turn in and where you need to be on the exit and if something is kicking off when you turn in, you sometimes just have to bail out and go across the gravel to avoid it! I don’t know if we will be flat through the left-hander at the bottom of turn one this year; I know we were last year in the SEAT but I’ll have to wait and see with the Vectra. You have to keep as far to the left as possible to then get the ideal line into the righthander at Scotsman before you head down towards the chicane.

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The chicane is all about keeping momentum up. There are some big kerbs there and you have to stay off the one on the left. You can use the one on the right but it will launch the car and get it up on two wheels – I have some good pictures Inside BTCC 20

from last year! I think I’m pretty good through there and it’s a fun corner. Clark’s is another blind corner with a late turn in. You have to maximise the kerb on the inside and carry speed into the back straight, which isn’t actually a straight, and which leads you into the hairpin. The hairpin is a corner where defending is very difficult. If you commit to defending on the inside, then it is easy for someone to get a cut-back and then take the position on the run up to the line. If you defend you have to cover the whole circuit, you can’t leave a small gap up the inside of you’ll lose position. On the racing line, you have to break as late as you can and make a late turn-in and once again it is all about momentum to carry as much speed as you can onto the straight. The whole lap is very important but being fully committed through the chicane is a good way to find time on a lap. You can find a couple of tenths of a second just by using your ‘you know what’s’ through there! But also getting the drive out of the final corner is vital. In reality, to get a good lap you have to hook it up everywhere. Knockhill is the only circuit that could be run in reverse and it would be interesting to see. I’ve not seen it used for a race that way yet and the run into turn one down the hill would be fun as everyone goes into a hairpin! Maybe we’ll do it one day in the BTCC but I’d like to get some practice in first!

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