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Old 6 Jul 2017, 18:22 (Ref:3749315)   #16
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I will be cheering big time for Porsche this week in both GT classes. The GTLM Porsche team needs to close the deal for once. They have underperformed in what is an awesome car. In GTD it seems that the Porsches are falling behind the rest of the competition. Lets see if they can recover at CTMP. I am picking an easy win for the Taylors in DPI.
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Old 7 Jul 2017, 14:23 (Ref:3749436)   #17
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ESM because of Brown's back problems already had an all-pro line up in both cars at Watkins Glen, though that was more by force majure than anything else. And guess what? The race still went to crap for them. Granted, this race is 2:45 vs 6 hours, and it was more due to mechanical issues, but ESM still have a lot of bugs to work out. Not to mention that the PR1 Ligier basically almost has an all-am line up.

JDC should hopefully be able to contend based on Watkins Glen if luck and strategy work out, and Mosport should suit the LMP2 cars.

I'm in agreement with most of the improvements that Ron Fellows and his group have made to Mosport after they bought the track from Don Panoz a few years ago, but it's still a track that will scare the hell out of the unweary if you get it wrong. If you think Watkins Glen or even Le Mans is scary, most of the track at Mosport is like the Porsche Curves or WG's Esses, but with less run off room.

If you want to see what Mosport was like in the early days of the ALMS, look at videos that IMSA has been pimping on Facebook and You Tube from 1999 when Panoz got a 1-2 after BMW withdrew citing safety issues with the track, and 2000 with a mixed condition race where an Audi on old rain tires held off a BMW on new slicks on the last lap in what is still one of the closest finishes in ALMS/WTSCS history.
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Old 7 Jul 2017, 18:17 (Ref:3749462)   #18
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As predicted, PR1 is last in the P class, slower than even the quickest PC car.

http://results.imsa.com/Results/17_2...03_Results.PDF
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I'm in agreement with most of the improvements that Ron Fellows and his group have made to Mosport after they bought the track from Don Panoz a few years ago, but it's still a track that will scare the hell out of the unweary if you get it wrong. If you think Watkins Glen or even Le Mans is scary, most of the track at Mosport is like the Porsche Curves or WG's Esses, but with less run off room.
Plenty of drivers have experienced that in practice already...sounded like quite a destructive day.
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Old 8 Jul 2017, 02:57 (Ref:3749517)   #20
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I will be cheering big time for Porsche this week in both GT classes. The GTLM Porsche team needs to close the deal for once. They have underperformed in what is an awesome car. In GTD it seems that the Porsches are falling behind the rest of the competition. Lets see if they can recover at CTMP. I am picking an easy win for the Taylors in DPI.
You picked the right weekend. Porsche looking strong in GTLM. They tested here at Mosport earlier in the year with the new car and Laurens Vanthoor is driving out of his mind right now (because typically Patrick Pilet has been the hot shot in that team). The car is quick and they have topped both practice sessions. They will go for broke in qualy because track position is so critical here. If those Porsche's get out in front, I find it hard to see where anyone can get by them cleanly. They are strong on the brakes and rolling through the corners quicker than anyone else. Has been noticed all year really.
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Old 8 Jul 2017, 13:47 (Ref:3749587)   #21
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So, it looks like we have a chance of rain for race day. Who does this advantage? Riley, Porsche? I'll admit I'd be pretty excited to see a wet race from Mosport.
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Old 8 Jul 2017, 17:27 (Ref:3749608)   #22
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Eight cars in a second. It looks good.
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Old 8 Jul 2017, 17:34 (Ref:3749609)   #23
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There's races from the wet at Mosport from 2000 and 2001 on You Tube. 2006 also has practice in the wet.
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Old 8 Jul 2017, 17:41 (Ref:3749610)   #24
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I'd say Porsche will be in good shape wet or dry.
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The Porsche sounds phenomenal.
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PC qualifying is hard to watch with only 3 cars and Am drivers
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Time to play "Which Cadillac?"
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10. Mazda I think will be fast here. Won't win or even do well in the race, but I think it'll qualify well.
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Old 8 Jul 2017, 18:38 (Ref:3749633)   #29
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Wow. Tahat Nissan must be unbelievably good if Scott Sharp can put it next to the pole. (Sorry Scott, j/k.)

And Goikhberg .... if Curran hadn't held him up ....

Could actually be a race tomorrow.
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Really good qualifying there, great run by Mika in the Oreca! Also I will happily eat my own words about the drivers in the Ligier, hugely impressed with the effort. Boulle improved more than 2 seconds since last practice!
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