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Old 12 Oct 2016, 20:00 (Ref:3679617)   #1
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2016 FIA WEC 6 Hours of Fuji - Race Thread



The end of the 2016 FIA WEC comes thick and fast with the first of the last three races commencing this weekend and the last only finishing four weeks later. The first race of this triple-header sees WEC field returning to Fuji Speedway, an ever-popular destination for drivers and crew alike. Welcoming and enthusiastic crowds make the event entertaining for fans and participants, whereas less welcoming weather makes the race interesting for all, if rather fraught for the competitors.

In LMP1 Porsche head the field, with the #2 topping the table and the #1 mounting a late charge, aiming for their fourth win on the bounce. Signatech are looking to extend their lead to champion-elect status with another good points haul in LMP2, while Aston Martin (AMR) and Ferrari (AF Corse) are set to resume their season-long fight for GT honours in manufacturer, team, and driver rankings.

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Old 12 Oct 2016, 20:04 (Ref:3679618)   #2
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Excellent, well done posting all the details, can't wait!
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Old 12 Oct 2016, 20:21 (Ref:3679621)   #3
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Anyone else think this is Toyota's best chance since Le Mans? I think it is. They're always good here since it's their home track and it should suit their car. I think the Audi will be the car to beat, though. In lmp2 I think Signatech with Lapierre takes it and Aston Martin or Ford in GTE. Ford has been good in top speed so that might be a big factor.
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Anyone else think this is Toyota's best chance since Le Mans? I think it is. They're always good here since it's their home track and it should suit their car. I think the Audi will be the car to beat, though. In lmp2 I think Signatech with Lapierre takes it and Aston Martin or Ford in GTE. Ford has been good in top speed so that might be a big factor.
I do too, but I still don't think it's as good a chance as they had at Le Mans, even with the extra impetus to win at home. Audi should be setting the pace, they seem to have got a good enough handle on the speed in the R18. While they have been caught out by multiple inopportune cautions, they could do with also not taking anymore cues from Speedsource...

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Thankfully Fuji isn't ALL about downforce so that may make the race closer. Audi definitely run the highest downforce of the three so sector 2 will favor them. But we'll see about the straight, T1 and Panasonic. That's where the acceleration and drag coefficient will show.
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Yet in spite of running the most downforce (and hence likely the most drag) Audi have been quick though the speed traps at every race since Nurburgring, yet they have a definite handling/grip/even tire wear advantage it seems, especially over Porsche, but also Toyota, certainly under certain conditions.

It seems that either Audi have plenty of combined hybrid/engine power to overcome the drag penalty, or the aero on the R18 is very efficient, when it works, that is.
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Nick Leventis will be a DNS at Fuji due to a lung infection. Strakka will race with the two remaining drivers.
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Yet in spite of running the most downforce (and hence likely the most drag) Audi have been quick though the speed traps at every race since Nurburgring, yet they have a definite handling/grip/even tire wear advantage it seems, especially over Porsche, but also Toyota, certainly under certain conditions.

It seems that either Audi have plenty of combined hybrid/engine power to overcome the drag penalty, or the aero on the R18 is very efficient, when it works, that is.
I've said it before, but imo, it's obvious they have the most engine power. Even if it wasn't because of being a diesel, they run 6mj vs the other two at 8mj. On top of that, the post-LM adjustment gave them a little more leeway on how they use the fuel.
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gert should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridgert should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridgert should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
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Nick Leventis will be a DNS at Fuji due to a lung infection. Strakka will race with the two remaining drivers.
Why don't they bring in Danny Watts? Has he been booted by Strakka?
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Apparently Watts did not travel with the team, and can not get to Japan in time.
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Weather looks good for all three days. Supposed to be sunny and dry with temps close to 70 on all three days.
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Old 14 Oct 2016, 01:55 (Ref:3679887)   #14
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FP1 is live, only 10 minutes in and it's Audi from Toyota in the 1:25's and the Ford GT's leading GTE with mid 1:39's. I figured they'd be fast here.
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#2 Porsche only did an in and out lap and has been in the pits for a while.
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