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Old 11 Sep 2017, 19:36 (Ref:3766144)   #496
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It makes sense in WEC terms because 5 cars that are in with the LMP2s are legitimately detracting from the race in more ways than one.

If you're Nissan and still have any interest in Le Mans whatsoever it would be silly to not seriously pursue finding a car to put their LMP1 engine in now that they don't need a hybrid.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 19:42 (Ref:3766145)   #497
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You mean, besides the StuckByTheSideOfTheCourseKolles?
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 19:45 (Ref:3766147)   #498
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Right, and nothing is confirmed yet. But the boss says he feels they'll be more on the grid next year than this year. Even if it's 5, that's more than the current 4.
There could be a big difference with what is on the full season entry list and what turns up for the various races (excluding guest entries). WEC has lots of previous experiences like that and I don't expect anything else this time around.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 19:46 (Ref:3766148)   #499
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You mean, besides the StuckByTheSideOfTheCourseKolles?
Nissan could throw them a little bit of money and a driver and it'd go well. This year if it just survived and went without incident, it would have won Le Mans

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There could be a big difference with what is on the full season entry list and what turns up for the various races (excluding guest entries). WEC has lots of previous experiences like that and I don't expect anything else this time around.
Ok? I think he made it clear, "enter the whole wec, or no Le Mans".
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Paying the full season entry fee and actually showing up for all the races is a big difference, I'm sure you are aware of that.

Nothing will stop entrants to sign on for the full season and then drop out after LM 2018 (or any later point). I'm sure it will be frowned upon by the ACO but as long as they're French (in case of a privateer) or a manufacturers (that bring in much more money than just the full season entry fee) they'll be invited back again in the future.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 21:47 (Ref:3766163)   #501
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Basically like you just said, why would a team purposely screw themselves of a future entry? The season is reduced just to keep these types of teams onboard with a smaller budget and commitment.
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Old 11 Sep 2017, 22:20 (Ref:3766171)   #502
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Ever heard of funding....?

Contrary to your beliefs the 2018-2019 season will require a similar budget as this season as the lower travel costs (sea freight instead of air) are offset by a substantial higher number of racing hours.

Not like it has never happened before (Rebellion for instance).
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Old 13 Sep 2017, 15:48 (Ref:3766574)   #503
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Potrero de los Funes is certainly a track where a "new classic" event can be built up from the ground.

I don't see that being the case with a circuit like Termas de Rio Hondo.
But Termas has local government support, and Potrero doesn't...
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Old 13 Sep 2017, 16:51 (Ref:3766594)   #504
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But Termas has local government support, and Potrero doesn't...
That should change. Potrero is a better track and location (in terms of the view) imo.
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I don't know why it's automatic to think that longer races automatically mean more costs? The big costs even for LMP1 cars isn't tires or replacement parts. The biggest expense by far is probably trying to move people and equipment around the world and provide room and board for them.

That's the advantage that IMSA and the LMS have taking place in North America and Europe respectively. Less distance to travel, cheaper room and board. Not to mention that most IMSA and LMS teams have less people and equipment to move as well.

That's probably why even if going from air to sea freight that budgets probably won't go down a ton. Logistical cost eased a bit, yes, but you're still move the same number of people and the same amount of equipment around, and you need a place to put all of that during the race week.
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Old 13 Sep 2017, 20:29 (Ref:3766646)   #506
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I've received 2 quotes for running the 2018-2019 season in GTE-Am and P2, they're both higher than the quotes I got from the same people for 2017. Maybe they just like me less this time... :-)

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Considering the transitional nature of '18-'19, I'm not surprised.
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Two things:

1. This schedule includes TWO LM 24's.

2. Currently, we have LM plus 8 six-hour races spread over 7 months. The next season is, by run-time, LM plus 10 six-hour races, spread over a little more than 13 months.

Even if the overall budget is higher, the rate at which funds are spent per unit time should be lower.
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It's the classic problem. You try to save money, but to do so you have to spend more in the short term.
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Take this with a grain of salt until it's officially announced, but it's thought, per SC365, that the open slot on the WEC's calendar for '18/19 may've gone to Silverstone. Per that site's Wednesday COTA notebook.

This is reportedly after negotiations between Interlagos and Mexico City promoters went nowhere. If Silverstone gets the nod, the race will be in August of next year.
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