Brits on Tour Issue No:1 - Thruxton


The Kwikfit British Touring Car 2019 Magazine produced by The Sandbag Times


The British Kwikfit Touring Car Championship 2019


We Catch up on all of the action from

Rounds 7, 8 and 9 at the first

visit to Hampshire for 2019

Issue No:1 Thruxton


The very latest from the

Kwikfit BTCC 2019


Produced By


4. BTCC News

What’s going on in the world of the Kwikfit

BTCC 2019.

6. Andrew Jordan Doubles Up

The newest member to the ‘Double Winner’

circle and his season so far.

7. Dan Cammish Lands

Lady Luck finally smiles on the Team

Dynamics rocket.

8. Thruxton

A round up of the weekends action from the

UK’s fastest circuit.

10. Support Race Focus

We chat to Worcesters Debut Dan Lewis ahead

of the Mini Miglia Support race.

12. So you want to be a Marshal...

We take a look at the recruiting drive for the

troops keeping us all safe.

Two in a row for Jordan

14. Chamionship Tables

Who’s where in the bid for the Drivers,

Manufacturers and Constructors titles.

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Editor’s Notes

Firstly, a warm welcome to the new SBT supplement dedicated entirely to the Kwikfit

British Touring Car Championship and support races for 2019. As the editor of the

UK’s leading veterans magazine, I have been privilleged and honoured to have been

a part of the BTCC for the past two years. Mostly working with Team Dynamics and

Matt Neal who has been, and still is, our proud patron and veterans ambassador.

Matt and the whole team has done an incredible amount of work over the past few

years supporting our heroes despite an incredibly busy schedule. Something we have

been so grateful for.

However, prior to the start of this season, I was fortunate enough to be accepted as

BTCC accredited press. Very quickly, my thoughts started to revolve around on how

I could give the entire field fair reporting yet sustain the fantastic relationship we

have with Matt and Team Dynamics. The answer was to write a separate supplement

dedicated to the championship while keeping Matt and the team in SBT. Who says

you can’t have your cake and eat it.

So on to the Kwikfit BTCC itself. I have had my nose firmly planted in Touring cars

since the first drivers were announced for the 2019 season. From the start of the year

the BTCC has promised to be an exciting season. It certainly has not disappointed.

Competition is tighter than ever with teams and drivers having to work their socks off

to find every hundredth of a second to get their cars and drivers as far up the grid as

possible. It is that tight!

Thruxton is always a special place for me, mostly because I was stationed just a few

miles up the road in Tidworth during my army days but also for the sheer speed and

excitement the track produces. As a Team Dynamics fan, we obviously had a great

day with Dan getting on the podium twice and Matt having a good point scoring day

but there were oh, so many more stories.

So let’s see if we can bring you all of the latest news, pit gossip, interviews and

excitement from the UK’s premier motor racing events. Pablo.

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Tommy Sopwith: 1932-2019


Feature photo credit: LAT

Eight-time British

Touring Car


race winner, and the

original title runnerup,

Tommy Sopwith

passed away on

Saturday, aged 86.

Sopwith was the son

of Thomas Sopwith,

a famous aviator,

America’s Cup

yachting competitor

and creator of the

famous Sopwith

Camel, a First World

War biplane.

Sopwith Jr began

a racing career at

Goodwood in the

early 1950s in a Jaguar

XK120, following in

the wheeltracks of his

father, who had been

one of the early racers

at Brooklands.

The younger Sopwith

was also a pioneer in

his own right, building

his own sports-racer,

the Sphinx, in 1954

which was a success.

He scored many wins

against the might of

the prevalent C-type

Jaguars in his Allard

J2R-based machine.

Sopwith formed his

own squad, Equipe

Endeavour, to field

the Sphinx. The team

was named after his

father’s America’s Cup


Sopwith progressed

into a Cooper T39

fitted with a Coventry

Climax engine and a

Cooper T38-Jaguar.

His passion developed

along with his trophy

cabinet, but a serious

accident at Oulton

Park in 1955 cut short

his ambitions.

He returned in saloon

car racing and was

in the right place at

the right time when

the British Saloon

Car Championship,

now the BTCC, was

announced in 1957.

For the following

season, Sopwith was

on the grid with a

Jaguar 3.4-litre saloon.

He finished the

championship on

equal points with

Austin Westminster

driver Jack Sears and

the two conducted two

five-lap shoot-outs at

Brands Hatch at the

end of the season,

where Sears prevailed

by 1.6 seconds.

Sopwith retired

at the end of the

season but Equipe

Endeavour continued

in the BSCC and in

various sportscar

championships until

it closed its doors in

1962. It had been a

major force in closedroof


Sopwith’s need for

speed wasn’t sated, and

he raced in off-shore

powerboats and was

also one of the prime

movers behind the

inaugural London-

Sydney marathon in


A lifelong member of

the BRDC, he became

its director and

chairman in 1993.

The BTCC extends its

sincerest condolences

to the family and

friends of Tommy


Story at

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Thruxton Circuit played host to a

hugely successful Dare To Be Different

(D2BD) event earlier today, as over 100

schoolgirls got a first-hand experience

of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car


The Hampshire circuit teamed up

with the pioneering charity to put

on an action-packed day of activities

designed to inspire more girls to get into



BTCC and Thruxton join forces with Dare To Be Different


Pupils from local primary schools were

invited to Britain’s fastest racetrack ahead

of this weekend’s BTCC event, taking

part in garage tours and meeting star

drivers such as Jason Plato, Tom Ingram,

Josh Cook and Michael Crees.

D2BD, founded by former Williams F1

test driver Susie Wolff and Motorsport

UK, is an initiative designed to inspire

female participation and challenge

preconceptions in a traditionally maleorientated


And today’s event gave attendees a

chance to get up close and personal with

the BTCC through exclusive access to the

Thruxton paddock, as well as developing

their STEM (Science, Technology,

Engineering and Maths) skills with a

number of tricky engineering challenges.

The schoolgirls then tried a spot of

presenting with ITV Sport journalist and

D2BD Ambassador Louise Goodman,

taking the place of the host, interviewer

and interview subject to get an insight

into motorsport media.

The group also tested their reactions

and questioned engineers about their

roles within the teams before getting

their hands dirty with the Pirelli Pit-Stop


Read more on this story here...

TOCA on Clampdown for

Driver Infractions

2019 has seen an increase in

reprimands and penalties issued by

TOCA to reduce driver infractions

Driver safety has been a concern for

the governing body during the new

season which has already seen one

driver, Andrew Jordan being taken to

hospital following a race incident.

Qualifying at Thruxton saw veteran

racer Mark Blundell receiving a verbal

warning following contact with the

Motorbase Ford Focus of Tom Chilton

which sent him into the barrier causing

significant damage.

Halfords Yuasa Racing and Honda top the table as the Kwikfit

BTCC heads to Croft

The Halfords Yuasa Honda combination

topped the Manufacturers and Team

title race following a huge points haul at

Thruxton on Sunday.

Dan Cammish set the standard with

two 3rd place podium finishes and a

sixth place in the final race while team

mate Matt Neal put up another solid

performance with a 7th, 5th and 4th

placing him 5th in the drivers hunt and

in a great position to mount an attack for

his 4th title.

Cammish narrowly missed out on Pole in

qualifying, after beating his team mates

lap record set last year, by Sam Tordoff.

The action continues on June 15th at

Croft in Yorkshire which is renowned

for being a rear wheel drive dominant

circuit. Read more on Cammish on P7.

Penalties were also handed out to a

significant amount of drivers during

qualifications as track limits were

exceeded and a further six penalties

were handed out during the three

races on Sunday which included

Senna Proctor, Bobby Thompson and

newcomer Michael Crees following

incidents with Blundell and Nicholas

Hamilton. 05 |

Andrew Jordan

Jordan joins the 2019 BTCC double club

BMW Pirtek Racing star takes two victories at Thruxton

Andrew Jordan

scored his first

Kwik Fit British

Touring Car Championship

double success in

more than five years as

the BMW Pirtek Racing

driver dominated early

proceedings at Thruxton,

before BTC Racing’s Josh

Cook won the final race in


Jordan impressively

bounced back from a

dismal Donington Park

last time out, which saw

his car heavily damaged in

a multi-car accident. The

29-year-old was forced to

sit on the sidelines as his

BMW stable-mate Colin

Turkington took two wins

at the Leicestershire circuit,

but this was Jordan’s

time to shine at the UK’s

fastest track.

The Midlander eventually

got the better of pole-sitter

Sam Tordoff in the opener

after initially blasting his

new BMW 3 Series off

the line and into second,

getting by Halfords Yuasa

Racing’s Dan Cammish.

The front-runners held station

for almost the entire

race until Tordoff ’s AmDrun

Civic wiggled slightly

through Church on lap

13 of 16. Jordan eyed his

chance and comfortably

slipped by, although it later

transpired that Tordoff ’s

car was suffering from

power steering problems.

Jordan eased away in the

closing laps to claim his

second win of the season,

ahead of Tordoff and


He won his second race of

the day after leading from

start to finish.

The 2013 champion made

a strong getaway from pole

position and never really

looked back, despite being

kept honest by Turkington

in the sister 330i M Sport

over the 16-lap encounter.

Cammish completed the

podium for the second

successive time.

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Dan Cammish

Lady Luck Finally Favours Dan Cammish

Season changes for Cammish with two podiums

It has been a difficult

start for the double

Brands Hatch GP

winner, Dan Cammish in

the Kwikfit BTCC 2019.

The first two rounds have

earned the Halfords Yuasa

Honda driver few points as

bad luck and frustrations

have dogged his challenge.

Thankfully, the tide turned

at Thruxton from the word

go with a very impressive

qualifying session in which

he briefly held the lap

record only to be pipped in

the dying minutes by Sam


However, his front row

start was a welcome view

at the start of the 7th


Despite losing second spot

at the start of the race,

to eventual race winner,

Andrew Jordan, the Honda

Civic Type R FK8 dug

in deep and maintained

its third place to the

chequered flag.

Race two saw Cammish on

the charge from the start

and despite challenging for

second on a few occasions,

yet again had to settle

for third But positively

collecting his second

trophy of the day.

The Reverse Grid third

race meant Cammish

started from 9th, two

places behind team mate

Matt Neal but again was

up for the challenge. An

early crash was narrowly

avoided and very soon 6th

place was achieved topping

of a high point scoring day.

“It was a great weekend. I

came here knowing we’d

be strong and with the

intention of coming out as

the highest scorer of the

weekend. It looks I missed

out on that one by a single

point to Andrew Jordan,

but this is probably the

strongest weekend I’ve had

in the British Touring Car

Championship – to come

away with two thirds and

a sixth, to score 41 points,

it’s a mega day.

I’m back into the top 10

in the championship and

I’m fired up to move this

forward. I cannot wait to

come back here in August

and get even higher on the

podium.” 07 |


Rounds 7, 8 and 9 by Pablo - ong>Britsong> on Tour

The third outing of the

Kwikfit BTCC 2019 at the

Thruxton circuit was an

outstanding affair from the green

light of the first practice session

right up to the final chequered


I don’t quite know why this

year seems to have stepped up

a gear (excuse the awful pun)

but ‘stepped up’ it certainly has.

Everybody from front to back

has the bit between their teeth

and I’m loving it.

Cracking straight on with

qualifying, I actually found it

hard to keep up. The fast circuit

meant cars coming out for a tyre

scrub then darting back in for

a cross swap before going for a

fast lap or two before the best

was gone out of them. Mind

you there were one or two, Ash

Sutton for example who stayed


It was also a bit of a pain to see

the countless laps being deducted

for the track limit infringements

and positions swapping furiously.

Yes I know, safety comes first and

that is a must, but it did seem

very excessive on Saturday.

It was fantastic to see Dan

Cammish and Sam Tordoff both

break last years lap record, I

love to see limits pushed but the

session was a little marred by the

Blundell - Chilton incident. I

know Mark is a very experienced

racing driver with masses of

experience but I wonder, and I

mean this with the very greatest

of respect, was moving to

Touring Car the right thing to

do? Time will tell. The season

has not started at all well for him

and trying to learn the ropes in

such a competitive field may not

be a good idea. But hey, that’s

just me.

Anyway, qualies over, Tordoff

at the pointy end, followed by

Cammish and Jordan. Fast

forward to Sunday morning for

race 1.

The first race was really a three

horse affair with our front trio

swapping places about and Colin

Turkington hanging on to the

shirt tail of Dan Cammish. I

need to stop here a minute, go

back another two places and

we see a much improved Jason

Plato holding on to his qualie

position. Jason has been a little

quiet this season so far but I

would describe it as flying under

the radar. Have to keep my

eye on him, I think. (more to

follow on Mr Plato in a couple of


A great win for Andrew Jordan

with Tordoff and Cammish

completing the podium.

Before we get to race two, the

Thruxton masses were very

well treated to a new class of

racing. The Dunlop Mini Se7en

Challenge and the Dunlop Mini

Miglia Challenge. Both races on

Sunday took the crowd by storm.

Totally breath taking and packed

full of drama. We certainly need

more of this.

I was lucky enough to catch up

with one of the drivers of the

Mini Miglia Challenge, Dan

Lewis. Unfortunately he had a

nightmare of a weekend which

probably didn’t need a particular

reporter asking him daft

questions. However, I have to

say Dan is a total gentleman and

chatted to us with a wonderful

smile on his face. (

Dan, later in the mag).

Ok, on to race two. The front

end remained the same from

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start to finish minus Tordoff who

ended up slipping back to 6th

but delete Tordoff - insert Colin

Turkington which is the way it

finished, but my eyes weren’t on

this tussle. It was the one behind,

Jason Plato and Matt Neal. Plato

had got himself into 4th with the

Honda of Neal climbing all over

him. The excitement of seeing

these two battling on the track

again was almost too much for

me to handle. Unfortunately, we

ran out of laps and the chequered

flag spoilt all the fun. Another

couple of laps and... Well, I won’t

go there. But hats off to both,

outstanding racing.

As we said before, Andrew

Jordan topped the charts again

with Colin Turkington and Dan

Cammish making up the top

three. Two great races down,

one to go.

Yet again, back to the support

races. I always look forward to

the Formula 4. The second race

of the day was a very exciting

race. Although the race was

dominated by Tommy Foster,

the action behind was incredible.

The battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th

went to the flag and was literally

wheel to wheel.

The Dunlop Mini Miglia

Challenge took place in the same

support session and proved to be

another nail biter. Small cars, yes

but oh so big racing .

And finally, on to race three.

Just as the cars left the pit lane,

spots of rain started to threaten.

The crowd donned their Kwikfit

ponchos (except me who braved

it out in my t shirt), umbrellas

went up and then it stopped

raining almost instantly.

The race got under way with a

few drops still hanging about but

nothing to threaten the grip. The

reverse grid played out nicely

for Ash Sutton on pole with

Josh Cook and Rob Collard just

behind. I still had my eye on

the Matt Neal - Jason Plato saga

who were 7th and 8th on the grid

respectively, with an evil smile

on my face.

The lights went out and very

quickly, mayhem ensued with an

early incident. Most managed

to avoid the carnage except for

Jack Goff and Adam Morgan.

Reload the positions and our

front five were now Josh Cook,

Rory Butcher, Ash Sutton having

dropped two places, Matt Neal

and the ever closing Tom Ingram

hanging on to Matt’s bootlaces.

That never really amounted to

much although Ingram did close

the gap once or twice.

At the pencil end, Josh Cook

came home winner with Rory

Butcher second and young Ash


All in all, this was a great finale

to a brilliant days racing. The

rain kept off despite one or two

minor threats and for the most

part, the day was warm although

a little overcast at times.

So we head to Croft in Yorkshire

next month for rounds 10, 11

and 12. Yet again, nothing

is taken for granted. This is

historically a track for the rear

wheel drives but hey, what has

gone the way it should have done

this season? As our Murray used

to say. anything can happen and

it usually does.

We shall be there following the

action once again and trying

to interview one or two drivers

for the second issue of ‘ong>Britsong> on


Catch up on all the latest news at 09 |


Focus on Dan Lewis

Dunlop Mini Se7en Challenge

& Dunlop Mini Miglia Challenge

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Dan Lewis

One of the things I love about the motorsport world, is the total pleasantness of the drivers. One

of the friendliest bunches of people you could ever hope to meet. Ok, that may not be true in all

cases but it certainly was when I met Dan Lewis on Sunday.

Dan, from Worcester, made his debut this weekend at Thruxton in the Mini support races, the first time

we had seen Mini’s in the series for a number of years. Dan told me during a short interview that as the

little car reaches 60 this year, there is plenty going on to celebrate this wonderful little star. I asked Dan

about the particular car he was driving plus a one or two other questions prior to his race.

Pablo “This is a new series to the Kwikfit BTCC, can you tell me a little about it and the car you are


Dan “The Mini Se7en Club is 60 this year, starting when the Mini was born. It’s taking centre stage

this year with lots going on. This car runs in the Mini Libra class which means it needs to have a

Mini Engine and Gearbox, the Tyres and Suspension are from the Mini Miglia class but apart from

that we can modify the car to get the best out of it. Basically. it is a BTCC spec car, very fast and very


Pablo “So you’re making you’re debut today in a BTCC support race, how do you feel about the


Dan “It’s fantastic to be at Thruxton, I am really looking forward to getting out there. We only have one

race today so it’ll be a great opportunity to get some experience in a BTCC support race, Unfortunately

we had some issues in qualifying yesterday with a wiring problem on the car but we think we have that

sorted now. ”

Pablo “So what’s your target for today?

Dan “Ideally it’ll be great to finish as we are starting at the back due to the problem yesterday and we’ll

see what progress we can make throughout the race.”

Pablo “Dan, good luck today and with the rest of the season.

Unfortunately, the bad luck continued for Dan as the problem reoccured on his out lap and he was

unable to start the race. However, we are looking forward to following the series through the year and

updating readers on this incredible series.

As we said in the previous article, the Mini racing was one of the best spectacles of the weekend.

Certainly for me, they were the most exciting support races. Looking ahead to next year, as some of you

will already know, Mini’s are due to take a permanent place on the BTCC calender with the addition

of the Mini Challenge series in 2020. I am privileged to know Matt Neal’s son’s Will and Henry who

both raced in this class last year, both making a real mark. They have both gone on to bigger things this

season but watching their antics last year has only fuelled my interest and excitement for next season. 11 |


The British Motorsports Marshals Club

They say everything happens for a

reason, so when I had to sit at home in

a very grumpy mood forced to watch

BTCC on the TV instead of being trackside

at Donnington, I would not have agreed with


But lo and behold, I caught Paul O’Neil

speaking about Marshaling recruitment

which really caught my attention. (You see, I

would have been none the wiser if I was at the


So, after Paul’s plea to recruit more Marshals,

I decided to do my bit with the mags. So let’s

stop waffling and get started.

OurBritish motorsport Marshals are an

incredible breed. The very safety of the

drivers and the public rests firmly on their

shoulders . We see many of them at the

circuits, in teams, in their orange firesuits

poised and ready to react when things go

pear-shaped on the track.

Even if it’s to wave flags to signal drivers that

there is danger or to clear debris up to and

including broken cars from the track, or even

just to stop the public from getting too close

to the action, these guys and girls are our

safety net. And as Mr O’Neil so elequently

said, we need more of them. So ‘ong>Britsong> on

Tour’ along with ‘SBT’ is going to jump in.

Like all volunteer services such as Mountain

Rescue. Lifeboat services etc, the Marshals

come from all walks of life. They are

dedicated people who love providing a

service, have an element of selflessness and

are up for a challenge.

So my question here is, could this be you?

Marshaling is for anybody who is interested in

and wants to be involved in Motorsport. You

don’t need any special skills or qualifications

to start, just common sense and a reasonably

developed sense of self-preservation.

For anybody that is thinking about it, you can

attend a taster day to find out if it is for you or

not. If it is, the team will take you to the next

step. If not, then, at the least, you will have a

great day out learning about what Marshals

really do.

So all that is left, is for me to give you some

information on where to apply or to gather

more information to make your mind up.

Just look to the ajoining page for full details

on the British Motorsports Marshaling Club

and do something really worthwhile while

you watch your favourite racing.

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If you are interested in Marshaling, then please head to: 13 |

Drivers Championship

1 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW 102

2 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 102

3 Josh COOK BTC Racing 100

4 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 97

5 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing 85

6 Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters 81

7 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 68

8 Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing 66

9 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing 65

10 Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 60

11 Jake HILL 57

12 Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 50

13 Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 46

14 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing 42

15 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW 40

16 Sam TORDOFF Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 35

17 Chris SMILEY BTC Racing 31

18 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing 30

19 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 15

20 Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 11

21 Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 10

22 Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 5

23 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 4

24 Mark BLUNDELL 2

25 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 1

26 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing 1

27 Sam OSBORNE Excelr8 Motorsport 0

28 Nic HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase 0

29 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport 0

30 Rob SMITH Excelr8 Motorsport 0

Manufacturers – Constructors Standings

1 Honda 235

2 BMW 220

3 Subaru 205

4 Vauxhall 181

5 Toyota 121

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Kwikfit BTCC 2019 Standings

Teams Standings

1 Halfords Yuasa Racing 149

2 Team BMW 137

3 Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 133

4 BTC Racing 127

5 Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing 109

6 Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 105

7 Team Toyota GB with Ginsters 80

8 Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher 72

9 BMW Pirtek Racing 61

10 59

11 Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 46

12 Team Parker Racing 41

13 Laser Tools Racing 30

14 GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 18

15 RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 11

16 Simpson Racing 1

17 ROKiT Racing with Motorbase 0

18 Excelr8 Motorsport 0

19 Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport 0

Dunlop #ForeverForward Standings

1 Adam MORGAN 39

2 Aiden MOFFAT 38

3 Chris SMILEY 36

4 Mark BLUNDELL 35

5 Jake HILL 34

Jack Sears Trophy Standings

1 Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 174

2 Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW 141

3 Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 99

4 Rob SMITH Excelr8 Motorsport 99

5 Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct 93

6 Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport 79

7 Sam OSBORNE Excelr8 Motorsport 62

8 Nic HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with Motorbase 61

9 Mark BLUNDELL 58

10 Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport 55 15 |

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