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Old 3 May 2016, 14:29 (Ref:3638123)   #1
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2016 WEC Round 2: Spa

This weekend marks the second race of the 2016 WEC season. The 6 hour race begins on Saturday afternoon, and the initial practice session kicks off on Thursday. Audi is going to be looking to score maximum points after the debacle at Silverstone. While Porsche and Toyota look to extend their points lead over the Audi team.


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Old 3 May 2016, 14:38 (Ref:3638128)   #2
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Now we will see if Toyota's (Alex Wurz's) claim "The new car is optimized for Le Mans" holds water ... if the TS 050 isn't quick at Spa, Toyota faces another year as the also-ran.
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Old 3 May 2016, 14:39 (Ref:3638129)   #3
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I expect Toyota to show up at the front with great performance ,,,after further tested the car ,,,I predict podium ..
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Now we will see if Toyota's (Alex Wurz's) claim "The new car is optimized for Le Mans" holds water ... if the TS 050 isn't quick at Spa, Toyota faces another year as the also-ran.
But they won't have the LM downforce kit on, so we cannot judge their true performance until Test Day.

Though if they are still where they were at Silverstone, it gives clearer pre indication.
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Now we will see if Toyota's (Alex Wurz's) claim "The new car is optimized for Le Mans" holds water ... if the TS 050 isn't quick at Spa, Toyota faces another year as the also-ran.
Go to toyotaracing and read the PR ....I was expecting them to run a low down force package ,,but they are going to run high downforce just like at Silverstone ,,,they probably don't want to show anything before LM..
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Honestly I don't expect so much from them at spa; so far they seem to be able to set competitive fastest laps, but as silverstone shown, their race pace was terrible and incostant.
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Honestly I don't expect so much from them at spa; so far they seem to be able to set competitive fastest laps, but as silverstone shown, their race pace was terrible and incostant.
Agree

If there's gonna be (real) improvement, it won't come until the Test Day. And even then only if they show their cards and perhaps do some low fuel runs
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i think Toyota want to finish well in the WEC so they will throw everything they can at Spa, if inly to scare the opposition into pushing things to breaking point at Le mans, tactics other than sandbagging are allowed.
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Wonder if Lotterer was trying to get some practice in before the race?



I saw something was posted on DSC, but it had been removed before I read it.
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Oh dear, wonder what he put on the insurance claim
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Oh dear, wonder what he put on the insurance claim
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I think his plan was to sabotage the competition. Fortunately for the folks at Stuttgart, he picked the wrong Porsche...
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I think his plan was to sabotage the competition. Fortunately for the folks at Stuttgart, he picked the wrong Porsche...
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Honestly I don't expect so much from them at spa; so far they seem to be able to set competitive fastest laps, but as silverstone shown, their race pace was terrible and incostant.
That was their first race with a brand new car, so I wouldn't expect miracles unless everyone else had the same situation. But the fact they were 1.6 seconds faster than last year and had numerous laps under their absolute best from 2015 is confidence inspiring imo. They went and did a two-day test at Aragon after Silverstone- http://www.toyotahybridracing.com/sp...-gazoo-racing/, presumably with the 'low' and 'high' downforce car to get a better handle on the setup. They had great top speed at the Prologue with both packages, and was about .5-.8 seconds behind Porsche with the same package they used at Silverstone. I wonder what Audi are turning up with.
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so another 918 crashed... some time ago I've read somewhere that almost 1 918 on 4 have been involved somehow in some kind of incident. Anyway, it doesn't seem much damaged; Lotterer should ask Hartley how to obliterate a very expensive hybrid porsche

@TF100, I also consider 2016 R18 a brand new car for audi because of new tub, new hybrid system and a radical and different aero; but anyway audi was close to porsche performance, if not better sometimes. At least for this season, toyota drivers can mark fastest laps, but they need to improve on pace, or they will be basically scr€wed.
Wurz PR skills seem to be not much better than his driving skills... if a car struggles in the first 2 races, is really unlikely that magically turns in a gun at le mans... and I still didn't read yet your magic word (s**db*g*in*)
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