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View Poll Results: Where will the WEC US round 2017 be held?
Circuit of the Americas (early September? with PCW?) 17 36.96%
Indy - plenty of history and, more importantly, plenty of run off 6 13.04%
Montreal - close enough to the US border and would serve US N-E audience very well 8 17.39%
Road America - the only right choice but lots of 'upgrading' to do to please the FIA blue blazers 7 15.22%
no US (or Canadian) round at all - the WEC doesn't need a race there anyway... 6 13.04%
somewhere else in North or South America (Brazil???) 2 4.35%
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Old 12 Apr 2017, 08:37 (Ref:3725742)   #406
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It's Colin Kolles. Anyone who knows him from F1 or his association with Audi Sport will know the story.



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Old 16 Apr 2017, 11:37 (Ref:3726882)   #407
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http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/w...o-gte-in-2018/

I love the idea, but I'm not sure how this will work. The qualifying race idea seems good on the surface but how do you transition a car from a sprint format to an endurance format the next day.

Perhaps the idea is a round on the WEC schedule that is just GTE only. It can be a 3 or 4 hour race too. To help the grid numbers maybe the ELMS GTE AM and GT3 Le Mans cup teams can be invited too.
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Old 17 Apr 2017, 14:10 (Ref:3727317)   #408
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A possibility could be running in US a race combined with the IMSA GTLM-GTD field.
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Old 17 Apr 2017, 15:06 (Ref:3727334)   #409
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A possibility could be running in US a race combined with the IMSA GTLM-GTD field.
Seeing that at Lime Rock would be fantastic! But some drivers/team members so double-duty so I don't know how that would work.

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Old 19 Apr 2017, 17:13 (Ref:3727793)   #410
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30 cars at Spa, including a Chandhok driven Ligier lmp2 and Rossiter stays in the CLM through Le Mans. They also should introduce new front bodywork the article says. Good for them because he was easily their fastest driver in both qualifying and the race.
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Old 21 Apr 2017, 21:23 (Ref:3728255)   #411
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WEC Magazin explains why the #7 Toyota didn't get 4th in class points at Silverstone: the ACO changed the rules to make manufacturers' points reflect WEC LMP1/2 drivers' points.
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Old 23 Apr 2017, 01:30 (Ref:3728479)   #412
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Some random talk relating to F1. I was watching the "the inside line" today and they showed the budgets of the F1 teams, concerning last year.

Ferrari was said to have spent 380m euros, Mercedes 310 or 320m euros, Red Bull some 250m(I think, don't remember too well after Mercedes), Mclaren some 210m. Teams like Williams were spending the level of the VAG LMP1s, ie, 150m.

That's why it shouldn't be too difficult for WEC to attract the likes of Peugeot and etc. They can spend "only" 100-150m euros and have a reasonable shot at winning LM and the championship. The marketing won't be as big as with F1 but car purchasers will eventually know about it, even if they don't follow the series.
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Old 24 Apr 2017, 16:43 (Ref:3728913)   #413
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Some random talk relating to F1. I was watching the "the inside line" today and they showed the budgets of the F1 teams, concerning last year.

Ferrari was said to have spent 380m euros, Mercedes 310 or 320m euros, Red Bull some 250m(I think, don't remember too well after Mercedes), Mclaren some 210m. Teams like Williams were spending the level of the VAG LMP1s, ie, 150m.

That's why it shouldn't be too difficult for WEC to attract the likes of Peugeot and etc. They can spend "only" 100-150m euros and have a reasonable shot at winning LM and the championship. The marketing won't be as big as with F1 but car purchasers will eventually know about it, even if they don't follow the series.
Interesting. I wonder what WEC GTE Pro, WEC LMP2, IMSA DPI, and IMSA GTLM would be in comparison as well.
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Interesting. I wonder what WEC GTE Pro, WEC LMP2, IMSA DPI, and IMSA GTLM would be in comparison as well.
My colleague Harald talked to a bunch of guys in the WEC paddock about that at Silverstone. Surprisingly, some of them were very open. Here's what he found out: http://cms3.gt-eins.at/le-mans-wec/1...lassen-der-wec (Might have to run it through Google Translate).
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The ACO have issued a clarification on their medical light system: for now, it's advisory/being evaluated, but it's primarily the ACO doctor's discretion as to if a driver should continue.

However, that raises in my mind as many questions as answers, like what should the ACO do in a situlation where there's a high G impact, but the car is clearly drive-able and the driver is clearly OK? I'm thinking Loic Duval for example at LM in '15. He was clearly uninjured, and the car in drivable shape, but I can imagine the light getting triggered just because he spun into the barriers at 190+mph.

Personally, I think that the medical light has more to do with an FIA/ACO concussion protocol than the likelihood of back, neck, or other traumatic injuries, including those with delayed reponses, such as Allan McNish fainting from a concussion at LM '04 after he drove his Audi back to the pits (ironically the same thing that the medical light is intended to prevent/discourage), or the internal injuries that Allan Simonsen died from a few years ago.

Granted, I think that the argument can be made that if the car is movable under it's own power unassisted, a case can probably be made that the driver faired much better than the car. If the car is crippled or stopped, then I think it's fair for the medical personnel to make a judgement. This also isn't like NASCAR (until this season), as the ACO has a traveling safety team with the same main people in it that attend every race.
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Old 5 May 2017, 06:38 (Ref:3731132)   #416
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The ACO have issued a clarification on their medical light system: for now, it's advisory/being evaluated, but it's primarily the ACO doctor's discretion as to if a driver should continue.

However, that raises in my mind as many questions as answers, like what should the ACO do in a situlation where there's a high G impact, but the car is clearly drive-able and the driver is clearly OK? I'm thinking Loic Duval for example at LM in '15. He was clearly uninjured, and the car in drivable shape, but I can imagine the light getting triggered just because he spun into the barriers at 190+mph.

Personally, I think that the medical light has more to do with an FIA/ACO concussion protocol than the likelihood of back, neck, or other traumatic injuries, including those with delayed reponses, such as Allan McNish fainting from a concussion at LM '04 after he drove his Audi back to the pits (ironically the same thing that the medical light is intended to prevent/discourage), or the internal injuries that Allan Simonsen died from a few years ago.

Granted, I think that the argument can be made that if the car is movable under it's own power unassisted, a case can probably be made that the driver faired much better than the car. If the car is crippled or stopped, then I think it's fair for the medical personnel to make a judgement. This also isn't like NASCAR (until this season), as the ACO has a traveling safety team with the same main people in it that attend every race.
When the light gets triggered, race control are either informed through an automatic system, or the marshalls will radio saying the light has come on. At that point a doctor in a course vehicle is dispatched. When the doctor is on site, they will make the call whether or not the driver is allowed to continue. So in the case of the driver being clearly uninjured, the doctor will say it's fine to continue.
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Not counting the Rebellion penalty (which the team say they will appeal), here's some other penalties from LM:

Also, there were other penalties issued post race, including the #24 Oreca getting a 35 second time penalty for the crew pushing the car in the pit lane too far, the #49 Ligier getting a two minute penalty for one of it's drivers exceeding the four hour drive time in any 6 hour period.

Not to mention that Roman Rusinov will have to serve a 3 minute stop and hold penalty at Nurburgring for causing a collision with the #88 Porsche, as well as driving the wrong way on track without authorization or appropriate force majure, and cutting the pit entry. He's also essentially on probation for the next three races, as the ACO reserve the right to issue a further 3 minute stop and hold if they deem him at fault for any more incidents over the course of the next 3 WEC races.
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Old 20 Jun 2017, 11:14 (Ref:3745489)   #418
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Not counting the Rebellion penalty (which the team say they will appeal), here's some other penalties from LM:

Also, there were other penalties issued post race, including the #24 Oreca getting a 35 second time penalty for the crew pushing the car in the pit lane too far, the #49 Ligier getting a two minute penalty for one of it's drivers exceeding the four hour drive time in any 6 hour period.

Not to mention that Roman Rusinov will have to serve a 3 minute stop and hold penalty at Nurburgring for causing a collision with the #88 Porsche, as well as driving the wrong way on track without authorization or appropriate force majure, and cutting the pit entry. He's also essentially on probation for the next three races, as the ACO reserve the right to issue a further 3 minute stop and hold if they deem him at fault for any more incidents over the course of the next 3 WEC races.
And escaped a 10 min stop and hold earlier from S365:

"It included driving in the opposite direction of the track, without the approval of a marshal, and entering the pit outside the slip road in the opening hour, after a spin.

Rusinov was due to receive a ten-minute stop-and-hold penalty for that incident, although escaped penalty for driving off the weigh scale without instructions to leave in Free Practice on Wednesday."
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I actually wonder what tire changing method is faster, doing it one wheel at a time per gun, or doing like Porsche have done this year (and Audi from 2000-2006, and they were the first and at the time only ones I saw do this until Porsche this year) where they loosen one wheel, loosen and change one, and hop back and tighten the nut on the first wheel loosened?

Reminder: when Audi did that, the rule was two wheel guns were allowed to be used.
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