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Old 21 Dec 2017, 23:13 (Ref:3788611)   #871
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Racing Team Nederland are bringing their Dallara to the WEC.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/1...er-season.html
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Old 21 Dec 2017, 23:33 (Ref:3788617)   #872
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Huge step up for them. Hope it goes well. They had a rough 2018
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Old 22 Dec 2017, 01:14 (Ref:3788625)   #873
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Are the most amateur teams moving from ELMS to WEC because they have less races in 2018, but it includes Le Mans? I mean, they would have longer trips to do, but less races in the same year, with maybe is good if you are an amateur with a bussiness to maintain.
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Old 22 Dec 2017, 01:51 (Ref:3788628)   #874
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It's going to be really hard for ELMS teams to get Le Mans invites next year with a full WEC field, a bunch of auto invites being used, and a ton of factory GT cars.
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Old 22 Dec 2017, 02:10 (Ref:3788630)   #875
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Racing Team Nederland are bringing their Dallara to the WEC.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/1...er-season.html
Maybe the best news about that is there will no longer be an Oreca lock on lmp2 in the WEC! Yay for variety!
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Old 22 Dec 2017, 08:04 (Ref:3788652)   #876
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If i had an LMP2 car i'd 100% be trying for an entry into WEC super season rather than ELMS. 2 guaranteed LM24 starts in 18 / 19, would probably help to sell to funded drivers, as opposed to the ELMS lottery. Of course, if GTE-AM was sent to ELMS only, and Factory GTE PRO didn't ask for 4 entries it would help free up LM24 entries to some who have committed to a Le Mans Prototype car.
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Old 27 Dec 2017, 17:17 (Ref:3789349)   #877
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This 5 race 2018 season is certainly freeing people up to do other things.
Nicki Thiim is doing WEC, Blancpain Endurance and British GT. Busy boy.
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TDS Racing are back for the full 18/19 season. François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière and Loïc Duval.
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Old 6 Jan 2018, 22:13 (Ref:3791071)   #879
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The WEC/Le Mans/ELMS entry list day is coming up in early February. What is the exact day of it?

Do you think it is one of the most anticipated days of the year? That day for sportscars is like the NFL draft, or the World Cup soccer draw, or the Champions League draw, ncaa college basketball tournament reveal.
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Friday the 9th. Should be fun.
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Old 7 Jan 2018, 22:54 (Ref:3791283)   #881
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The WEC/Le Mans/ELMS entry list day is coming up in early February. What is the exact day of it?

Do you think it is one of the most anticipated days of the year? That day for sportscars is like the NFL draft, or the World Cup soccer draw, or the Champions League draw, ncaa college basketball tournament reveal.
I look forward to it and try to watch the stream where they announce the entries twice as fast as they should! LOL
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I look forward to it and try to watch the stream where they announce the entries twice as fast as they should! LOL
Without wanting sound like too much of a killjoy, for me, the 'Big Day' has definitely lost something (actually quite a lot) over the years. The sense of anticipation simply isn't there anymore, to anywhere near the same extent, because in fact, we pretty much know what is going to be announced, well in advance. There's no room for those surprises anymore, just the odd controversy over one or two teams who did, or didn't, get the nod for Le Mans from the ACO.

But maybe 2018 will be different, here's hoping...
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Without wanting sound like too much of a killjoy, for me, the 'Big Day' has definitely lost something (actually quite a lot) over the years. The sense of anticipation simply isn't there anymore, to anywhere near the same extent, because in fact, we pretty much know what is going to be announced, well in advance. There's no room for those surprises anymore, just the odd controversy over one or two teams who did, or didn't, get the nod for Le Mans from the ACO.

But maybe 2018 will be different, here's hoping...
I think the age of the internet, where the teams announce all their plans well in advance and we can all read in almost real time is responsible for that. Back in the day, you had to read Autosport once a week and it didn't include everything.
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Old 8 Jan 2018, 12:33 (Ref:3791362)   #884
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Speaking of which...

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2018/0...wec-plans.html
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Without wanting sound like too much of a killjoy, for me, the 'Big Day' has definitely lost something (actually quite a lot) over the years. The sense of anticipation simply isn't there anymore, to anywhere near the same extent, because in fact, we pretty much know what is going to be announced, well in advance. There's no room for those surprises anymore, just the odd controversy over one or two teams who did, or didn't, get the nod for Le Mans from the ACO.

But maybe 2018 will be different, here's hoping...
In recent years the only real surprises have come LMP2 (who's in and who's out) and to extent how unnecessarily many GTE-SHAMs there seem to be every year, but I think this year with the unknown quantity of LMP1 we're into one exciting press conference!

Beyond just teams I guess the other things to look forward to are whether there's G56 (at least it's not been officially denied quite yet), the proto-GT split percentage, and whether we get 10 full reserves again as we should, after last year only saw pitiful 2

Just hope the proceeding itself would be executed less embarrassingly than last year, I mean the social media sections were more cringe worthy than anything before IIRC

I still wonder how the 2019 conference will look like considering that we will already know most of the field at that point
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