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Old 12 Jul 2017, 19:56 (Ref:3750768)   #1
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» The Nürburgring 6 Hours sees the debut of the Porsche 919 high downforce aero kit. Porsche used the low downforce bodywork at Silverstone and Spa to maximise testing time of the kit before Le Mans. With only 2 bodywork variations allowed for 2017, Porsche and Toyota are expected to move to high downforce for the rest of the season.

» Ben Hanley will sub for Alex Lynn in the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA. Lynn is on Formula E duty for DS Virgin Racing, replacing Jose Maria Lopez, who cannot be released from his Toyota LMP1 commitments. Hanley is currently competing in ELMS for DragonSpeed, who also operate the ELMS based G-Drive car. G-Drive offered the empty seat to Laurens Vanthoor after the Porsche works driver tested the car during the Le Mans test day, but turned it down to focus on his Porsche IMSA work.

» Robert Merhi makes a return to Manor, replacing Jean-Eric Vergne who is racing for Techeetah during the WEC Formula E clash. Merhi competed in Formula 2 earlier this year for Campos Racing.

» Toni Vilander will replace Sam Bird in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488. Bird is another driver competing in the New York Formula E event. Vilander is a Ferrari regular, racing for Risi Competizione in the IMSA Weather Tech Series. It will be the first WEC race outside of Le Mans for Vilander since 2015.

» IMSA stars Pipo Derani and Filipe Albuquerque join Vaillante Rebellion for the Nürburgring. Derani replaces Nelson Piquet Jr in the #13 car, whilst Albuquerque subs for Bruno Senna in the #31. Piquet and Senna are…you guessed it, racing in the New York ePrix.

» Formula E and WEC have agreed to work together to avoid major clashes in the future. The New York ePrix clashes with the Nurburgring 6 Hours, harming both series. Formula E Championship leader Sebastian Buemi, and fellow Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez will skip the ePrix to prioritise LMP1 duties. Other drivers have opted to attend the ePrix, leaving G-Drive, Rebellion, Manor and AF Corse looking for replacement drivers.

» The #26 G-Drive ORECA will serve a three-minute stop and go penalty at the Nürburgring. The penalty was issued after the Le Mans 24 hours after Roman Rusinov made contact with the #88 Proton Porsche in the opening laps of the race. A further suspended three-minute stop and go hangs over the car for the following three rounds should the car be involved in any more incidents.

» The FIA has clarified the medical light issue highlighted by Lopez crash at Silverstone. New for 2017, the medical light is in the windscreen and activates on a high g-force impact. Lopez brought his car back to the pits despite the light being active. Drivers now must be examined by medical services. The race director may allow the driver to recover the car to the pits, but only with permission from the FIA Medical Delegate.

» The first round of automatic BoP has given Aston Martin a weight break and power increase, whilst the Ford gets heavier. The Vantage GTE receives a 20 kg weight reduction and a 0.1 mm larger restrictor. The Ford GT gains 20 kg. The algorithm does not take into account Le Mans.

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Comments on the quality of the pre-race notes appreciated. I think most know what I'm up to by now.

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Old 12 Jul 2017, 20:12 (Ref:3750771)   #2
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Excellent intro Akrapovic!
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Old 12 Jul 2017, 20:14 (Ref:3750772)   #3
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Weather actually looks good for this weekend. Is today a set up day or is that tomorrow? Because if today was a day that teams were expected to be at the track, you'd expect that photos would've leaked by now.

Especially the new Porsche. Only photo we have of the post LM version is a grainy photo taken at a private test.
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Old 12 Jul 2017, 20:48 (Ref:3750779)   #4
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Great job - thanks Akrapovic!
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Old 12 Jul 2017, 21:33 (Ref:3750793)   #5
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Thanks for opening this. I hope for a good fight up front. I wanna see if Lopez is on it like he was at Le Mans. He impressed and was faster than Lapierre.
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Old 13 Jul 2017, 01:01 (Ref:3750831)   #7
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Will the GT Porsche's finally get a win this weekend? 6 hours is a long way when your car gets tire punctures every 2 hours....
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Thanks for opening this. I hope for a good fight up front. I wanna see if Lopez is on it like he was at Le Mans. He impressed and was faster than Lapierre.
I should've put this in the original post - Toyota moving back to the previous line-up.

I'll happily start these threads more often. Experimenting with ideas.
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Old 13 Jul 2017, 09:55 (Ref:3750874)   #9
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If somebody would need a ticket for T4 I will not be able to use mine (one adult and one reduced).Let me know.

TF 110 "I wanna see if Lopez is on it like he was at Le Mans. He impressed and was faster than Lapierre."

I noticed it, it was one of 2 great things to watch from Toyota at Le Mans (other one is of course 3'14'791).

I think Porsche will be very strong.
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I should've put this in the original post - Toyota moving back to the previous line-up.

I'll happily start these threads more often. Experimenting with ideas.
I think you just got yourself a new (unpaid) job!
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Nice intro.

It's been too long, I can't wait for this race. Porsche's new high downforce kit up against Toyota's proven kit... it's going to be epic.
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This is my first time at the Nurburgring. Does anyone know if it is suitable for spectating from a camping chair? I much prefer that to being in a grandstand
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Nice OP Akrapovic

Great to see Toni Vilander back in WEC with AF Corse even if its just for one race.
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This is my first time at the Nurburgring. Does anyone know if it is suitable for spectating from a camping chair? I much prefer that to being in a grandstand
Only places I can think of where this would work is the terraced seating down towards Dunlop(IIRC the individual steps on the terraces are wide enough to set up a non-reclining chair) and the grassy part on the run-up to the chicane shortly before the end of the lap.
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