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Old 30 Aug 2017, 12:46 (Ref:3762913)   #286
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The question of the day is - will the WEC be at Silverstone in 2018?

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Old 30 Aug 2017, 13:33 (Ref:3762924)   #287
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ELMS at Brands Hatch then?
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Old 30 Aug 2017, 14:39 (Ref:3762947)   #288
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By 10 days after the end of Le Mans in 2016, I'd ordered my Silverstone WEC tickets for 2017 and had booked my accommodation...... I'm getting impatient.....
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ELMS at Brands Hatch then?
Does a standalone ELMS at Silverstone on or around the Easter Weekend still make sense? Is there a logical partner series for it to run with in the UK?
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The question of the day is - will the WEC be at Silverstone in 2018?

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I really hope they don't stop bringing WEC/ELMS to the UK.
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Old 30 Aug 2017, 16:30 (Ref:3762984)   #291
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Does a standalone ELMS at Silverstone on or around the Easter Weekend still make sense? Is there a logical partner series for it to run with in the UK?
Maybe. If the ACO is completely rejigging its schedule, there’s no reason to think that ELMS couldn’t do the same. I would still expect there to be an ELMS round in the UK though it need not be at Silverstone and it need not be in April. Unlike the WEC, ELMS will race on Grade 2 circuits (Portimao is Grade 2), so Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Rockingham, and Snetterton are all (at least in theory) possibilities.
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Old 31 Aug 2017, 01:42 (Ref:3763082)   #292
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I think that the ACO need to swallow their pride, bite the bullet and run on Grade 2 tracks. Especially if they want a presence in NA. If COTA and Mexico City get scrapped, only other Grade 1 tracks in NA are Indy GP and Montreal.

Besides, with no Audi Sport, Porsche, and likely TMG there beyond 2018 (Audi Sport have been gone nearly a year, Porsche are out at this season's end, and Toyota might do a partial season next year before maybe mothballing their program), the WEC has taken enough of a prestige hit that I don't think that VIPs will care where they race from now on as long as places like LM and Spa are on the schedule.

Of course, if Toyota are gone, where does that leave the WEC in Japan? Toyota own Fuji Speedway, and with no Toyota in the series, do the ACO ditch Japan? Or maybe look at Suzuka?
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Nothing suggests that they will give up grade 1 tracks just because cota is only popular for f1. They'll probably just drop the U.S. round and stick with the others. Bahrain is the other track that was talked about being dropped. I haven't heard anything about Mexico. Latin America is a huge market for every one of the manufacturers entered. Without a race there or COTA, that's leaving a huge void. No talk about Toyota leaving either. They said that endurance racing is a big part of their hybrid appeal and since they own Fuji I expect them to be there racing.
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I love a race in America, but America hasn't warmed to WEC, so if it's not working then it's not working, and I really think COTA has a huge part to play in that.
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Proton is looking to buy 4 (or zero) 2017 Porsches. the holdup seems to be if Porsche can actually supply them.

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Nothing suggests that they will give up grade 1 tracks just because cota is only popular for f1. They'll probably just drop the U.S. round and stick with the others. Bahrain is the other track that was talked about being dropped. I haven't heard anything about Mexico. Latin America is a huge market for every one of the manufacturers entered. Without a race there or COTA, that's leaving a huge void. No talk about Toyota leaving either. They said that endurance racing is a big part of their hybrid appeal and since they own Fuji I expect them to be there racing.
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Events at Circuit of The Americas and Mexico City are understood to be among those also in question, with contracts at both circuits expiring this year.
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I think WEC absolutely CAN work in the US, but the track at Austin won't cut it. The facilities are top-notch, but the track layout, massive paved run-offs, and less-than-stellar setup for viewing outside of the grandstands leaves MUCH to be desired. This is especially true when we have tracks like Watkins Glen, Road America, Road Atlanta, etc. to choose from.

The WEC would NEED to go to one of those other tracks, and NOT demand that the track or its setting be totally butchered (to F1 levels). If they're not willing to do that, well then yeah, they don't really have a place here.

IMSA dropped Austin and added Mid Ohio for 2018, and I'm not sad in the least.
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And I just saw that sc365 article, too! but I've learned to take things like that with a grain of salt from their site. Any site for that matter can be wrong, but lets see.
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And I just saw that sc365 article, too! but I've learned to take things like that with a grain of salt from their site. Any site for that matter can be wrong, but lets see.
Graham Goodwin says much the same thing in the article above:

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Yeah, I trust DSC a bit more but I think TF110 is right to have a healthy dose of skepticism!

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