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Old 17 Aug 2017, 00:43 (Ref:3759857)   #1
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BoP is out.

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Cooper's car still in the Porsche. Also what is most intriguing about the BoP updates is what was not done. Mercedes is still handicapped rather unfairly. Does IMSA want the out of the series?!

Still VIR is always a favorite of mine with the all GT format. Very pleased to see VIR and Lime Rock remain all GT for 2018!

Its a blessing for some and a logistical concern for others (like me) in that the track is so isolated. I don't think any track IMSA runs on is more "off the beaten path" than VIR. Its just a few hours drive from my home but I can't ever make it because of logistical issues involving my family.
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Cooper's car still in the Porsche. Also what is most intriguing about the BoP updates is what was not done. Mercedes is still handicapped rather unfairly. Does IMSA want the out of the series?!
Mercedes set the 2nd fastest lap time in the race. Why would they get a BoP brake?
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Old 18 Aug 2017, 01:39 (Ref:3760064)   #5
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First trip to VIR, looking forward to it.
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Love this track even though I've never been in person. I almost went to the PWC weekend earlier in the year but it fell through. It's hard to justify going far away to see a short GT only race when Petit is coming up pretty soon.
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Old 18 Aug 2017, 11:08 (Ref:3760136)   #7
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Well been looking forward to this one since sebring my home race only two hours down the road unfortunately I have broken my foot and two screws so going to be hopping around on crutches hopefully I will be ready for Petit. (God knows I will need it with those hills) The weather is looking absolutely amazing so far for this one couldn't ask for better a better forecast and certainly beats the heat of the past few years. I just hope this BoP doesn't favor the Vettes to much they needed help but that was a lot that they gave them and as for the Mercedes in GTD I have no idea what they are doing there.
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First trip to VIR, looking forward to it.
you'll love it don't expect something like road Atlanta or sebring the infield itself is limited you cant get up to Oak Tree without going out the track by car or golf cart and watch from outside the track but there plenty of great places to watch from the infield from turn 3 to 7 and the roller coaster threw hog pen. The only real issue other then not being able to get to oak tree from inside the track is there is no way to see pit lane other then literally being behind the fence from the pit stall and you cant see the run from the last corner to the finish line if your sitting between 3 and 4 you can see the finish line but not the run to it. All in all though its a gorgeous track and I really believe and hope you enjoy your trip.
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Love this track even though I've never been in person. I almost went to the PWC weekend earlier in the year but it fell through. It's hard to justify going far away to see a short GT only race when Petit is coming up pretty soon.
Dodged a bullet that would have been one hell of a drive for you and those SprintX races where disorganized and run like crap it was my first PWC race in person and I was disappointed I'm definitely willing to give them another chance heck I was even going to go to Mid-Ohio (9 hours) before I broke my foot but the VIR race was a disappointment and it didn't help they ran it the same weekend NASCAR was in Richmond so the crowd was horrible if they run there again next year I really hope they do a better job with the date and the overall show.
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you'll love it don't expect something like road Atlanta or sebring the infield itself is limited you cant get up to Oak Tree without going out the track by car or golf cart and watch from outside the track but there plenty of great places to watch from the infield from turn 3 to 7 and the roller coaster threw hog pen. The only real issue other then not being able to get to oak tree from inside the track is there is no way to see pit lane other then literally being behind the fence from the pit stall and you cant see the run from the last corner to the finish line if your sitting between 3 and 4 you can see the finish line but not the run to it. All in all though its a gorgeous track and I really believe and hope you enjoy your trip.
Sounds kind of like Barber where you can't see the frontstraight, though you can't go in the infield at all there, just around the perimeter. Still another great track though. I'm trying to make it a priority to get to Rd. America next year, so hopefully they will have the Protos as part of the VIR round by the time I actually get there in a couple years, but who knows, maybe I can squeeze in a trip there before that.
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Sounds kind of like Barber where you can't see the frontstraight, though you can't go in the infield at all there, just around the perimeter. Still another great track though. I'm trying to make it a priority to get to Rd. America next year, so hopefully they will have the Protos as part of the VIR round by the time I actually get there in a couple years, but who knows, maybe I can squeeze in a trip there before that.
Disagree on the later. VIR is great for all GT racing. Great to get IMSA back going this weekend. Sportscar racing has as whole has been kind of quiet since the first weekend of August.

Kind of strange that August (at least this year) has been light with sportsar racing. WEC and Blancpain have had nothing this month. So they have not filled the void between the IMSA rounds. But alas VIR is coming up now. I think GTLM will be very tight this time between all 5 manufacturers. Corvette got a BoP break and Risi Ferrari is back.

Got a feeling somebody is going to dominate and run away with it in GTD again, just not sure who. Other than it won't be a Mercedes. We know their chronicles with unfair BoP.
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Sounds kind of like Barber where you can't see the frontstraight, though you can't go in the infield at all there, just around the perimeter. Still another great track though. I'm trying to make it a priority to get to Rd. America next year, so hopefully they will have the Protos as part of the VIR round by the time I actually get there in a couple years, but who knows, maybe I can squeeze in a trip there before that.
Barber is an immaculate facility and a not so great place to attend a race, imo. It's all viewed from the perimeter, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's limited in spectator /viewing access. I have Road Atlanta to compare (mostly) which it the complete opposite of the previous statements, minus you can view from the outside starting at T8 to T1.

VIR, it seems that there's several portions that fans can't get to well (run down to Oak Tree, final corner, first 2 corners). It's a big place, too, but is 100x more enjoyable to view on the television than Barber.

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Gavin/Milner in the #4 Corvette tops the time sheets in Practice one with a 1:42.341

https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.c...=72&sessid=485

Westbrook / Briscoe 67 Ford - 1:42.444
Vilander / Fishichella 62 Ferrari - 1:42.516 (welcome back)

Then 66 Ford, 3 Vette, 912 Porsche 25 BMW - 1:43.281

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16 Lambo was fastest in class at 1:44.700
57 Audi, 63 Ferrari, 73 Porsche and 33 Merc top 5.
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Garcia / #3 Vette quickest in Practice 2 with a time quicker than last year's pole.

16 Lambo also quickest in Practice 2.

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