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Old 22 Mar 2017, 08:51 (Ref:3720596)   #16
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I recall the race's predecessor at Brands Hatch in July in blazing hot weather in the Nineties. It also had a traditional date for many years in early/mid September and IIRC, mid-May was also a regular date at one time.

In those days, Spain (Jerez, near Gibraltar) used to be the early season race. It would be interesting to know if Silverstone requested the early date in order to generate some early-season revenue and to avoid a clash with F1....?

Common sense says don't put on a northern hemisphere race at such a northerly latitude so early in the season. The forecast for Mexico today is 27 degrees. Why not Mexico in April, Silverstone the first week in September?
A cold and wet endurance racing fan is a happy endurance racing fan.

Personally I preferred the September data - generally hung together weather wise and spread out the European sportscar racing experience with Spa, Le Mans, and Silverstone giving you a good mix of things, but equally April gives a nice early start to things, and when there's a number of new cars to see, means there's a certain spring in step when heading off to Siverstone, combined with the chance to see some friendly faces again and kick the season off.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
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Old 22 Mar 2017, 12:04 (Ref:3720635)   #17
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Common sense says don't put on a northern hemisphere race at such a northerly latitude so early in the season. The forecast for Mexico today is 27 degrees. Why not Mexico in April, Silverstone the first week in September?
With the pre-season test 2 weeks prior in Monza (and before that at Paul Ricard), and Spa only 2-3 weeks later, the simple answer is logistics. Far cheaper to get the cars a small-ish distance across Europe than airfreight them to North America and back within 5 weeks.
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Old 22 Mar 2017, 12:25 (Ref:3720642)   #18
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Unfortunately you will have to get by without me this year as I will be far away, expected temperature 30 degC. i will be home well before the important race :-)

As far as better weather if Silverstone was later in the year goes, how many were there in August 2005? To guarantee warm non wet weather it might be better to transfer the race to somewhere else, except that i have been to silverstone for 1000km and 6 hour races for so long I could not find my way anywhere else.

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Old 22 Mar 2017, 14:56 (Ref:3720673)   #19
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...To guarantee warm non wet weather it might be better to transfer the race to somewhere else...
Indeed. Plenty of chance of poor weather at any time of year at Silverstone. At least it has multiple grandstands to shelter from the rain.

Also, I quite like having our 'local' round of the WEC at the start of the season, having cars making their début adds a little something to the event.
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Old 22 Mar 2017, 15:13 (Ref:3720674)   #20
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Why not Mexico in April, Silverstone the first week in September?
I guess with the entire WEC grid being (I believe) run out of European premises it's infinitely easier to kick things off in Europe. In terms of logistics, deadlines, freight, parts availability etc. There's a reason all the long-haul stuff is chained together post-LM.
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Old 23 Mar 2017, 08:38 (Ref:3720849)   #21
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Also, I quite like having our 'local' round of the WEC at the start of the season, having cars making their début adds a little something to the event.
I agree with that. I appreciate the chance to see the new cars and how they measure up before the trip to La Sarthe.

In Group C days I could see them race at Silverstone, then Le Mans and then again at Brands. Still, that's history and we have a new year of racing to lok forward to now.

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Old 25 Mar 2017, 20:31 (Ref:3721496)   #22
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It can't be any colder than last year. Can it?

I was there all weekend last year (as usual) and aside from Saturday morning, I can't say that I found it all that cold. I've had colder nights (much colder!) at Le Mans in June.....

And I'll be there bright and early for the whole shooting match this year too. Any talk of a Tenths meeting yet?
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Tickets for the race day are just to much. I still end up travelling 3hours and attending


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Old 26 Mar 2017, 09:44 (Ref:3721591)   #24
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i am sure we will meet up friday or saturday but perhaps we can all arrange to be in the usual stand for the start as we have for the last few years
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Yep, I'm sure we'll be there. My lad is coming on the Sunday as he can't make Le Mans now.
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Any resident World Series experts out there?

Are we about to get a 12-car grid for this support race? Looks to be slowly dying a death post-Renault involvement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_W...Formula_V8_3.5
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Any resident World Series experts out there?

Are we about to get a 12-car grid for this support race? Looks to be slowly dying a death post-Renault involvement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_W...Formula_V8_3.5
Wasn't that pretty much the whole point?
The FIA wanted to streamline the feeder series (you know, because less choice is always good for the consumer...).
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It will still be blowing a storm force gale, just like always at Silverstone.
Actually the 24 hour race just gone was very warm!! Suntan lotion was even needed.
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Are we about to get a 12-car grid for this support race? Looks to be slowly dying a death post-Renault involvement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_W...Formula_V8_3.5
correct. and yeah, correct. feel sorry for the organisers because they've run a great little series for a long while, but the new calendar came a year too late and nobody is interested or has the budget to cover the travel now.

f3 still has quite a small grid (not as bad as 3.5), but there's a lot of proper quality drivers in it.
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Interesting to see the Silverstone WEC advertisement during C4's coverage of the 'feeder series' today......
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