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Old 25 Mar 2017, 19:53 (Ref:3721472)   #1561
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Old 27 Mar 2017, 18:26 (Ref:3721914)   #1562
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Good choice. They'll definitely be contending for wins.
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McCann returning at VIR, with a new Audi replacing their Viper, and Mike Skeen joining Michael MCann on the driving duties.
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Old 1 Apr 2017, 21:46 (Ref:3723145)   #1564
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Has anyone on here been to VIR and how is it for spectators? I'm thinking about going up for the PWC weekend. It's absolutely one of my favorite tracks to see on tv and I have a great interest in the track's history. I remember watching a video of the track after it sat dormant for decades just when they were about to start bringing it back to life and I've always wanted to see a race there.

Last year I went to Barber for the first time and I'd like to visit a new track or two every year. Road America and Watkins Glen are on my list also and next year hopefully Le Mans or Spa.
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Old 2 Apr 2017, 02:23 (Ref:3723171)   #1566
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Has anyone on here been to VIR and how is it for spectators?
Outstanding. All of the spectator areas offer great views.

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Do it. I recommend camping onsite and if South Boston Speedway is running that week, take a field trip out there Saturday night.
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Right, PWC amateur here. I keep trying to get into the series but never seem to enjoy it as much as I should, but never really understood why. Can someone explain what the SprintX is, and how (if) it differs from regular PWC? It's a bit confusing from the outside.
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Traditional Sprint races are 50 minutes long, with a single driver per car and no pitstops.

Sprint-X races are 60 minutes long, with two drivers per car and a compulsory pitstop.
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Right, PWC amateur here. I keep trying to get into the series but never seem to enjoy it as much as I should, but never really understood why. Can someone explain what the SprintX is, and how (if) it differs from regular PWC? It's a bit confusing from the outside.
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Traditional Sprint races are 50 minutes long, with a single driver per car and no pitstops.

Sprint-X races are 60 minutes long, with two drivers per car and a compulsory pitstop.
Basically PWC is more or less adopting SROs Blancpain sprint rules for the sprint-X rounds. Importantly though, the PRO-PRO class in the PWC version does not feature the minimum pit stop times that the SRO series uses. With no fueling necessary during the pit, the teams execution of the tire and driver change will be absolutely critical.
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Understood, cheers.

I find this backwards. The series called Sprint-X has longer races, and driver changes. That's the opposite of what you'd expect.
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Understood, cheers.

I find this backwards. The series called Sprint-X has longer races, and driver changes. That's the opposite of what you'd expect.
Yeah, this whole thing is confusing - it seems to be a very half hearted approach towards adopting the successful standard elsewhere, whilst also trying to stay close to a format which took off a couple of years ago (but before that had maybe seemed a little stale).

I don't envy their choice, but I'd be curious to know if anyone is particularly delighted by the current set up of split formats. Maybe I'm wrong and the customers (both sponsors and amateur drivers) are perfectly happy with it.
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Yeah, this whole thing is confusing - it seems to be a very half hearted approach towards adopting the successful standard elsewhere, whilst also trying to stay close to a format which took off a couple of years ago (but before that had maybe seemed a little stale).

I don't envy their choice, but I'd be curious to know if anyone is particularly delighted by the current set up of split formats. Maybe I'm wrong and the customers (both sponsors and amateur drivers) are perfectly happy with it.
I think you'll find more people wishing the series would have kept the solo races as the primary for the schedule. I like SprintX, but wish it would have been kept a separate championship and not incorporated into the "overall champion" like it is now. After this year I think the series is going to have a big choice to make. If SprintX is successful, just adopt full Blancpain Sprint Rules and have it be the series going forward. OR, go back to traditional solo races for the primary. Combining the two into one overall championship is not ideal imo.
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I think you'll find more people wishing the series would have kept the solo races as the primary for the schedule. I like SprintX, but wish it would have been kept a separate championship and not incorporated into the "overall champion" like it is now. After this year I think the series is going to have a big choice to make. If SprintX is successful, just adopt full Blancpain Sprint Rules and have it be the series going forward. OR, go back to traditional solo races for the primary. Combining the two into one overall championship is not ideal imo.
As a fan, that's 100% my opinion too. Either adopt Blancpain format and give it a proper go, or stick to what you've used for years and you know works.

I understand the position they are in is between trying to grow something they feel has potential and keeping their long-standing entrants and customers.

Stick or twist - halfway doesn't work for me.

Although, as I said, competitors may see otherwise and they are the primary audience.

(by the way, if they did 'twist', I'd love to see the mix of 1 and 3 hour events, as per Blancpain Europe).
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I can tell you a number of drivers aren't happy with the split. Half the year they get a total of one hour of racing over two races.
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I can tell you a number of drivers aren't happy with the split. Half the year they get a total of one hour of racing over two races.
It was an answer to a question nobody asked.

Full SRO rules, or GTFO. PWC needs to link up with another big series. Like IMSA, or IndyCar to be part of the "always there" support races. The Road America PWC weekend was pretty lame in terms of draw, and other stuff running alongside. Glad they moved it in with IndyCar.
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