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Old 11 Oct 2013, 16:13 (Ref:3316329)   #16
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Old 11 Oct 2013, 16:15 (Ref:3316331)   #17
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I don't think the folks of the Travel Destinations campsite will be very happy with this.
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Old 11 Oct 2013, 16:18 (Ref:3316334)   #18
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pitching a tent in gravel is difficult so I think the ACO will have to give them a new site
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Old 11 Oct 2013, 16:50 (Ref:3316348)   #19
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I'm not suggesting that is how the final solution will look.

I think they will push it back slightly. This picture shows what room they've got to play with.



I think they could push it all back, cutting into the bank to make a fresh access road. They will probably also want to push back that far barrier, the one Tor Graves kept tagging this year.

This corner never really struck me as one of the more dangerous parts of the track. But we've seen decent hits from the Pescarolo ('11), #95 Am Aston ('12) and Toyota ('13) in the last three years.
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Old 11 Oct 2013, 17:36 (Ref:3316364)   #20
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I too have had several offs there........... on an awful driving game several years ago that shall remain nameless.

The actual camping bit of the travel dest campsite doesn't push to the road, I imagine they could squeeze the access and car bit and push the bank back a bit then extend without losing camping space. Either that or put them into the enclosure on the other side of the road.
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I too have had several offs there........... on an awful driving game several years ago that shall remain nameless.

The actual camping bit of the travel dest campsite doesn't push to the road, I imagine they could squeeze the access and car bit and push the bank back a bit then extend without losing camping space. Either that or put them into the enclosure on the other side of the road.
I think travel destinations are quite well in with the ACO so I am sure they will sort something out that is to their advantage
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Quite some drivers are holding their breaths as to what the ACO is gonna make out of all this. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112098

We shouldn't forget that the ACO has a history of overdoing things on the safety issue's. They've managed to take away quite some great spectating spots during the last twenty years.

I for one can't help but think the fact that more and more members in the ranks of the ACO are from FIA origin, isn't making things better...
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Echo Andrew's comments. Le Mans is Le Mans for a reason.

We all get goose bumps when we drive around the bits we can, and seeing spectacular cars doing incredible things around this track, if we're honest, resonates more than seeing them do the same incredible stuff around Silverstone or Shanghai.

Make Le Mans safer? Yes, absolutely, but by no means take away what its meaning is.
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If they went ahead and made every change that was deemed 'correct' Le Mans would lose its aura quicker than an R18 can lap it.
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Cue Hermann Tilke designed run-off areas in 5 years.....
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Just had a sip of Westmalle Tripel

Not saying I wish that to happen, just that I fear it will happen with FIA influence and all that.
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Not saying I wish that to happen, just that I fear it will happen with FIA influence and all that.
If we end up with vast Tilke run offs I suspect a lot of us will be sitting at home with Westmalle or similar (Brooklyn No 1 did a pretty good job this afternoon) and sticking with old footage...

A lot can be chipped away at - like flattening the hump, reprofiling the run down from Dunlop, or chicanes on Les Hunaudieres, but ultimately there comes a point when it's not the same track anymore.
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Cue Hermann Tilke designed run-off areas in 5 years.....
That's almost as bad as saying its going to ra.........

Blimey, now I nearly said it!
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