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Old 7 Sep 2017, 20:38 (Ref:3765249)   #5866
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I don't want to be rude guys, but this to-ing and fro-ing is getting a bit dull.... Time to move on from Le Mans (I've had to, so everyone else should!).
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Old 7 Sep 2017, 20:44 (Ref:3765250)   #5867
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Porsche didn't 'outfox' anyone, they just put more towards their HD kit than Toyota, thanks in part to timing and to having a budget size nearly 2-1. It's no wonder they have a higher downforce total when that's all the car was made for. But in terms of LM package, their car was nowhere close to Toyota's.

Oh come one, Toyota's advantage was nooooowhere near as was expected. Not to mention the Toyota is a much newer car, and as has been discussed, though fast, obviously it was not designed to be tough or serviceable enough for a 24 hour race. Lets' stop turning stuff on its head.
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Old 7 Sep 2017, 21:14 (Ref:3765253)   #5868
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And yet no one has responded to my fiscal year vs WEC schedule comment. Be it falling that way due to coincidence or was planned, it's never the less uncanny that things fell that way.
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Old 7 Sep 2017, 21:17 (Ref:3765254)   #5869
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I don't think it's particularly meaningful. The company I work isn't even a fraction of the size of Toyota, but I suppose it's pretty large in the grand scheme of things. But even my company doesn't see financial years as proper book ends to things. Projects often spread over the start and end of a financial year, and it just means it goes over multiple.
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Old 8 Sep 2017, 04:35 (Ref:3765313)   #5870
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I think it can mean something here if that's how TMC and TMG do their budget allocations. It can also mean something if other European car makers do things the other way as I mentioned.

When Audi Sport pulled out, the decision was made in advance it seems of the end of their fiscal year, with only enough money and other resources allocated to keep things going until the end of the WEC season. It's likely that Porsche have the same conditions going now until the end of the season.

I find it odd on the surface that the ACO have done their schedule that way, but it could be that this could be what the ACO have in mind. It does make a bit more sense than some of the things they've done in recent memory.
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Old 8 Sep 2017, 13:18 (Ref:3765418)   #5871
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What don't you understand? They made such a schedule so LeMans is the last race in season. Because after LeMans no body gave a **** about WEC.
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Old 8 Sep 2017, 14:15 (Ref:3765429)   #5872
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I think it can mean something here if that's how TMC and TMG do their budget allocations. It can also mean something if other European car makers do things the other way as I mentioned.
That only works if the finance department are short sighted. 100m a year (for easy maths) was previously just 60m + 40m. Same figures still apply, just another page on the spreadsheet.

More realistic reason is to use Le Mans as a big event. IMSA has it right - they start with big events and end with big events. They have Watkins Glen as a big event in the middle, but I'd say that's no where near as big and popular as Sebring and Petit. It's awesome, no doubt, but the start and end events are where the big popularity is.
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Old 8 Sep 2017, 22:05 (Ref:3765503)   #5873
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Oh come one, Toyota's advantage was nooooowhere near as was expected. Not to mention the Toyota is a much newer car, and as has been discussed, though fast, obviously it was not designed to be tough or serviceable enough for a 24 hour race. Lets' stop turning stuff on its head.
Porsche and Toyota had issues with their cars. Porsche didn't change their battery on the #2, Toyota did on the #8. That difference is the gap between them in terms of time on the road. I can't recall if it was a necessary change or if the battery was changed as a precaution. But without that, both the #2 and the #8 spend nearly the same amount of time in the garage.

I don't see what the fiscal year has to do with their budget. They decide in October each year what they do. They did this last year when we were talking about 3 cars or 2 for Le Mans.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 02:05 (Ref:3765949)   #5874
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TMG said it was a precaution.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 11:23 (Ref:3766011)   #5875
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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
Davidson will be replaced by Sarrazin for Austin.

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The reason given is "for personal reasons"
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We'll find out more in time I'm sure
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 18:24 (Ref:3766113)   #5877
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Wasn't Lapierre at that time replaced for "personal reasons" as well?
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 18:28 (Ref:3766114)   #5878
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Wasn't Lapierre at that time replaced for "personal reasons" as well?
IIRC, that was the same reason given for his absence.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 20:13 (Ref:3766136)   #5879
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Old 16 Sep 2017, 23:37 (Ref:3767665)   #5880
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Toyota open to Alonso discussions for Le Mans 2018.

https://www.motorsport.com/lemans/ne...-talks-953943/

I suppose this note means that the chances of continuing in the WEC are high and they are thinking to have 3 cars in Le Mans.
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