Why the BTCC is so hard for F1 converts to conquer
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Why the BTCC is so hard for F1 converts to conquer

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The list of F1 stars and race winners that have taken on the British Touring Car Championship is long, but the list of those that have truly mastered the art of its front-wheel drive action is short. Can Mark Blundell turn around his tricky start in tin-tops?

Failure to finish race three at Thruxton marked the end of a trying weekend for British Touring Car Championship rookie Mark Blundell. After a tangle with Tom Chilton during qualifying - which left Chilton saying that the ex-Formula 1 driver should consider his place in the series - 27th in the opening race was as good as the rest of the meeting got.

Three times Blundell stood on the podium at the end of an F1 grand prix, and in 1992 he won the Le Mans 24 Hours. That kind of kudos has brought with it plenty of public and media pressure for the oldest driver on the BTCC grid to impress. But, judging by history, the intense level of scrutiny seems unfair.

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