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Old 6 Sep 2017, 18:44 (Ref:3764991)   #16
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Pride SHOULD be swallowed. The race should be on Friday night, although I'd make it 8-10, just because I'm not a fan of the set 6 hour distance they always used (I'd like Silverstone and Fuji longer too). Varied distances mixes it up a bit - works well in VLN.
A 6hr race will still allow some track time for IWSC and the support series that will be racing that weekend as well as the WEC needed track time.






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A Friday race would be very cool (330 or 4 past dusk). Still plenty of time to run q-ing for the 12 hours in the afternoon.
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I prefer to keep it at Midnight. Good viewing time for Europeans, many people already there who watched IMSA have an incentive to stay, it's a night to day race which is unheard of unless it's a full 24hr one. Those are just a few things. Plus it's 12 hours instead of the 'bland' repetitive 6hr ones everyone complained about.
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I prefer to keep it at Midnight. Good viewing time for Europeans, many people already there who watched IMSA have an incentive to stay, it's a night to day race which is unheard of unless it's a full 24hr one. Those are just a few things. Plus it's 12 hours instead of the 'bland' repetitive 6hr ones everyone complained about.


A 4 or 5 am start time would be better for Europe than midnight.





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But I think more people there will still be up and awake at midnight to see the start of the race. But I guess early birds could wake up. My logic says the start should be a couple or 3 hours after the first race's finish to keep that 'buzz'.
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I prefer to keep it at Midnight. Good viewing time for Europeans, many people already there who watched IMSA have an incentive to stay, it's a night to day race which is unheard of unless it's a full 24hr one. Those are just a few things. Plus it's 12 hours instead of the 'bland' repetitive 6hr ones everyone complained about.
Some that will be physically be there Saturday may not want to stay til 2pm on Sunday. but its a matter of opinion.

I don't mind 6 hours so I am assuming this is a typical complaint of WEC races?

12 hours of Bathurst starts in the dark, which is fantastic. That's about 30 mins of dark. Midnight start would be half dark and half daylight and 100% through the fog of Green Park fires.
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Not really. That would mean ending late Sunday night in European time zones.

For what it's worth this year Sebring was one week before the Australian Grand Prix which starts at close to midnight eastern time.
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A 6hr race will still allow some track time for IWSC and the support series that will be racing that weekend as well as the WEC needed track time.






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Totally, but if they're going to extend the event into the next day and make it a day longer, I'd extend it a day earlier and move everything one day earlier, to fit a good 8 hour race in there or something. If you're committed to a day longer event, I'd try and leave the Sunday as a clean down and get home day personally.
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Totally, but if they're going to extend the event into the next day and make it a day longer, I'd extend it a day earlier and move everything one day earlier, to fit a good 8 hour race in there or something. If you're committed to a day longer event, I'd try and leave the Sunday as a clean down and get home day personally.
I agree with a WEC 6hr race on Friday and pushing the IMSA set-up/tech, venders and WEC series coming in early to get set up and track practice for the WEC grid. But the IMSA paddock should stay on the regular (current) load in schedule so it does not drive up costs to the teams. If possible, some juggling of support races may have to occur.




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