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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:41 (Ref:3761979)   #31
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gert should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridgert should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridgert should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
That's not AF Corse running SMP here is it? I don't think they would go wrong on strategy.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:42 (Ref:3761980)   #32
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And a note to the ACO: you might not want to schedule a race at the same time as the Belgian GP. It kills whatever viewership you get (stream only at 650 to 700, compared to the usual 2,000). And Spa looks so much better than Paul Ricard.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:43 (Ref:3761981)   #33
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And a note to the ACO: you might not want to schedule a race at the same time as the Belgian GP. It kills whatever viewership you get (stream only at 650 to 700, compared to the usual 2,000). And Spa looks so much better than Paul Ricard.
True. I'm one of those 700. Still need to watch the race at Spa, but that has been recorded.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:44 (Ref:3761982)   #34
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If this is another FCY then it's perfect (and lucky) for SMP.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:44 (Ref:3761983)   #35
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nother FCY. pit now, SMP!

Unless they think they don't have too?? But that would be a sursprise.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:45 (Ref:3761985)   #36
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Only issue with this is that the SMP is on the Mistral now, miles from the pit lane entry. This FCY needs to last a good couple of minutes.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:55 (Ref:3761989)   #37
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1:18 gap, 5 minutes (and a lap? to go) and SMP still has not stopped.

1:18. How long does a full stop take?
Just do not run out of fuel.

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EDIT: They don't stop
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 14:57 (Ref:3761990)   #38
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I wonder if the 2 FCYs allowed them to save enough fuel, because it's longer than what we're used to seeing for an LMP2.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 15:00 (Ref:3761991)   #39
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Well wel well, they did it on 4 stops. Didn't see that coming. But they did have time for a 5th stop. Seems no matter how the race went, SMP had it covered.

Edit: 51 minutes on a tank of fuel. Significantly longer than normal stints.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 15:03 (Ref:3761993)   #40
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I'm even more impressed by Isaakyan than by Orudzhev, even thouh the latter has more experience and a bigger CV in single seaters. Both did a great job, though.

Great job by SMP for their first ever overall win.
If they are running the car themselves, they have proved they can do that, too.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 16:05 (Ref:3762011)   #41
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That was a flawless performance from SMP, even the Isaakyan's save on the last corner was prompt and without fuss! Emergency Dallara-specific BoP incoming...

More seriously, has any other LMP2 managed a 50+ minute stint before? The much-needed chicane (which is not as unpopular as you might think) would have helped the mileage slightly, but not to this extent.
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SMP win ELMS Paul Ricard 4 Hours

SMP Racing take their first ever LMP2 class win at the 4 hours of Le Castellet. Quick work in the pit stops and a flexible strategy gave the #27 Dallara P217 the lead in the first hour, which increased as the race progressed. The Russian squad took advantage of late race full course yellows to save enough fuel to complete the race with 1 less stop than the rest of the LMP2 field.

A clean start to the race saw the DragonSpeed Orecas stretch their legs and pull a comfortable gap over the leading pack. Ben Hanley led in the #21 car, with Leo Roussel close behind in the G-Drive branded sister car. As the first round of pit stops shook out, the SMP Dallara had lept from 4th to 1st and looked in control for the rest of the race. Isaakyan and Orudzhev kept the SMP Dallara firmly at the top of the standings whilst the rest of the field ebbed and flowed as teams ran through the Silver rated drivers.

A series of late race Full Course Yellows had the potential to disrupt the SMP party, as G-Drive used the yellows to do a short final fuel splash and give Roussel fresh tyres. But SMP used the yellows to their advantage, saving fuel and allowing them to complete an amazing 51 minutes in the final stint. G-Drive had to settle for second, but extended the championship lead.

Championship contenders United Autosports were forced into recovery mode after a spin on lap 1 sent the car to the back of the pack. The team spent entire race fighting back, eventually claiming a podium spot from Graff in the final minutes of the race. Despite the strong recovery, the team loses points to the G-Drive Oreca, now 7 points adrift.

United Autosports win LMP3

United Autosports take their third LMP3 class win of the season, taking a commanding lead in the LMP3 standings. A superb middle stint from Sean Rayhall lifted the car from 4th to the lead, which gave John Falb the advantage he needed to bring the car home. The win moves the #2 United Autosports Ligier 12 points clear of the now second placed #18 M.Racing YMR car.

LMP3 was the usual street fight, with contact a regular occurrence and the class attracting the attention of the race director multiple times. The rough and tumble nature of the race was costly for Ultimate Racing. After a strong start, contact with other cars dropped them back into the pack, eventually finishing 6th and losing second in the championship.

Two in a row for Spirit of Race

A dominant display at the Red Bull Ring was followed up by an equally dominant race at Paul Ricard for the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari. The team finished a massive 50 seconds ahead of TF Sport Aston Martin, who nipped the JMW Ferrari for second by little over a second.

The Ferrari was clearly the dominant car, with Aston Martin and Porsche drivers blaming the BoP For lack of performance. It took a while for the true performance of the Ferrari to become clear, as the Proton Racing Porsche led the early laps, and the Beechdean Aston Martin kept the leaders honest.

The Proton Porsche suffered badly as the race went on, with even Christian Reid struggling to extract speed from the 911 RSR. The car looked a handful, struggling to hit apexes and power on oversteer being issues throughout the race.

Conversely, the TF Sport Aston Martin struggled with dive plane damage for the opening hours, but came good at the end. Nicki Thiim dragged the V8 Vantage up the order, grabbing second from the JMW Ferrari at the end of race.

ELMS heads to Spa

There are a few talking points as the ELMS paddock heads to Spa for the 4th round of the championship. SMP and Dallaras first win, the performance of the LMP2 chassis, the Norma performance, the GTE BoP, and more. Stick around for all that and more.

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Old 27 Aug 2017, 19:37 (Ref:3762077)   #43
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United Autosports lose podium

United Autosports have lost the third place finish at the 4 Hours of Le Castellet after a post-race investigation. Race officials investigating full course yellow speeds penalised the #32 United Autosports Ligier 30 seconds, dropping it to fifth overall. The decision promotes Graff Racing #39 to third and Panis Barthez to fourth.

The decision extends the championship lead of the G-Drive by DragonSpeed Oreca from 7 points to 12 points over the United Autosports crew. Multiple cars were investigated and penalised for full course yellow speeds, but only United Autosports penalty has an effect on the results.

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#32 United Autosports LMP2 Ligier – 30 seconds
#5 By Speed Factory LMP3 Ligier – 30 seconds
#12 Eurointernational LMP3 Ligier – 30 seconds
#15 RLR MSport LMP3 Ligier – 30 seconds
#77 Proton Competition Porsche – 10 seconds

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Old 28 Aug 2017, 06:31 (Ref:3762221)   #44
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Nice job by SMP, their drivers utilising the old gradual throttle lift and coast technique it seems!
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 10:01 (Ref:3762556)   #45
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Great to see the multi car dicing with 5 or 6 cars in close proximity, what is it that allows LMP cars to run so close when aero in F1 prevents it apparently?

Same question asked in Rules thread under F1

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