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Old 19 Nov 2017, 00:03 (Ref:3781407)   #106
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Nice write up. Couple of mistakes but I think we got what you meant. Just wanted to add that Toyota has now confirmed Alonso will participate in the rookie test tomorrow.
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Old 19 Nov 2017, 01:50 (Ref:3781418)   #107
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Toyota win WEC Bahrain; Rebellion LMP2 Champions

The #8 Toyota took the final victory of 2018 at the WEC Bahrain 6 Hours. Davidson, Buemi and Nakajima ran a faultless race, finishing almost a full lap ahead of the #2 Porsche. The #1 Porsche rounded off the podium a further lap back in third, with the #7 Toyota four laps down in fourth.

The Toyotas little time moving to the front of the field. 35 minutes in, the #8 Toyota passed the #1 Porsche for the lead, and was closely followed by the #7. After the first stint it became clear that Porsche were suffering from higher tyre wear than the Toyotas, and the gap began to grow. After a couple of round of pit stops, the Toyotas were untouchable.

Not only was performance not there for Porsche, they were missing luck too. The #2 ran off a discarded bollard in the opening minutes of the race, collecting it under the car. Although it caused minimum damage, the downforce loss was enough to force a pit stop. After the bollard was dug out and the nose replaced the car had lost almost a full lap.

The #1 was also unable to have a clean race. 4 hours in the #1 made a late lunge down the inside of the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche, tagging the GTE-Am car. It left the #86 in the gravel, and the #1 with a puncture. By the time the car had limped round for a replacement it had lost a lap.

The #8 also had a significant incident. The Toyota attempted to nip down the inside of the #92 Porsche GTE-Pro car into turn 2. Christensen didn’t see the Toyota, turned in and made contact. The #92 was left stuck in the gravel, whilst the #7 made it back to the pits for repairs to the engine cover, sidepod and floor. The incident appeared to be the fault of the GTE Porsche, but race control disagreed and penalised the #7. The car eventually crossed the line 3 laps down.

For Toyota, it will be a mixture of emotions. The #8 car took 5 victories in 2017, 1 more than the #1 Porsche. But the big prizes of Le Mans, and the WEC LMP1 title eluded them again. The first Le Mans victory never came, and the double points earned by the #1 is what eventually made it too steep a hill to climb at the end of the season.

Rebellion hang on to take the LMP2 trophy

Rebellion took LMP2 class honours at Bahrain, and with it the LMP2 Trophy. The #31 Rebellion Oreca of Senna, Canal and Prost survived a late race power steering failure to beat home the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car.

With the pole sitting #36 Signatech Alpine fading early in the race it left the arena open for a straight fight between the #31 Rebellion and #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing team for race and title honours.

The #38 Jota run Oreca appeared to have the race under control, as Oliver Jarvis held the #31 behind during the opening laps and dealt with the surrounding traffic better.

In contrast, the #31 was forced off the road by Jarvis and had a tough wheel to wheel battle with Vergne in the #25 Manor. After a couple of robust moves by JEV, Senna decided he’d had enough and launched himself down the outside of the Manor. The cars made contact but with no damage and continued. In another odd stewards decision, the #31 was penalised for the contact and had 5 seconds added to the pit stop time. It all looked uphill for the #31.

The turning point of the race was presented by a black cat. The animal had wandered onto the run off and was initially covered by local yellows. When the furry explorer ventured closer to the racing surface, the race director announced a FCY to rescue the animal. As if he was listening, the cat promptly cleared the gravel trap to safety and the FCY was cancelled.

Unfortunately for Jackie Chan DC Racing, they had already reacted to the announced FCY and pitted the car in anticipation. Although it did not appear to be an issue, the full effect became clear as the race came to a close. The #38 was short on fuel by around 5 minutes and would require a splash.

The last twist in the LMP2 trophy came with 50 minutes remaining. The #31 had lost power steering and Senna was struggling with the additional weight. Rebellion prepared Nico Prost in the pit lane, but ultimately he wasn’t required – Senna put in yet another monster stint to hold on for the victory, and therefore the championship.

For Bruno Senna, it was another incredible drive at the end of the season. The Brazilian has gelled with the new LMP2 machinery well, and risen to the challenge of running in the highly competitive LMP2 class. Senna and Canal take the LMP2 title, with Prost missing out due to sitting out the 6 hours of the Nurburgring for a Formula E race.

Ferrari 1-2 in Pro; Championship for #51

Ferrari took a 1-2 at Bahrain, making the #51 car the 2018 GTE World Champions. The #71 headed home a formation finish, with the #51 gifting the win to the sister car. The race results read as if Ferrari dominated the race, but they had a tougher fight than the timing sheets suggest.

The 488s were the only cars which were able to consistently run at the front of the class. The #67 Ford, #91 Porsche and #92 Porsche all took turns in trying to upset the Ferrari parade, but the challenges faded for one reason or another.

The #67 Ford GT was the earliest challenger, and moved to the front around 2 hours in. The #92 Porsche followed the Ford to the lead and looked a strong contender for the win. The #92 challenge ended with the contact with the #7 Toyota at the midpoint of the race. The #91 picked up where the #92 left off and set about catching the leaders.

As the light faded, so did the #67 Ford, falling back behind the Ferraris. It would eventually finish 3rd, with the #91 Porsche fourth. The strong end to the race sealed the title for the #51 Ferrari 488, with Pier Guidi and Calado crowned GT World Endurance Champions.

Dalla Lana finally gets his Am title

Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy took GTE-Am Trophy honours with a victory in the GTE-Am class. The Aston Martin looked comfortable at the front of the field, finishing over a minute ahead of the Ferrari 488s.

Aston Martins job was made easier for reliability issues for the other Am runners. Both Porsche 911s suffered headlight issues, requiring garage stops. The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche had a particularly challenging weekend. The car started a lap down after a fire during qualifying, was punted out of the way by an LMP1 Porsche, and spent time in the garage due to the damage and headlight issues.

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I'll do a 'talking points' article later too.

Open secret is these race reports have been written as practice exercises for a new site. So with that in mind, this will probably be the last race report I post here, although they'll all be available elsewhere in the future.
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LMP1 – End of an era

» The victory for Toyota makes it 5 wins for the #8 Toyota, to Porsches 4 wins for the #2. The deciding factor was the double points score at Le Mans. Despite a strong finish, Toyota were unable to overcome the extra points.

» Porsche were unable to surpass the Audi number of victories. Both VAG brands have 17 victories each, and Toyota has 16 after Bahrain. Should Toyota continue into the super-season, they will almost certainly beat this record.

» Toyota enjoyed better tyre wear than Porsche at Bahrain. Although the cars appeared close in outright speed, the Porsche dropped back as the tyres wore, allowing Toyota to run off.

» Fortunately for Lopez he ran a clean race with no major incidents. Unfortunately the WTCC champion appeared to chew through tyres at a record rate. The #7 ran softer tyres than the #8, which allowed the car to be fast in the initial stages, but the speed drop off was massive.

» Not only did Toyota manage the tyres better, they also appeared to have better fuel mileage than the Porsches. The 919s pitted a lap, sometimes 2 laps later than the TS050s.

» The #2 Porsche collected a bollard, which lodged itself under the car. There was a bit of bad luck involved in this incident, as the Toyota in front of the Porsche also looked to have run over the bollard, and didn’t collect it. The result of that could have been very different.

» The incident between Kobayashi and Christensen in the GTE Porsche cost the #7 a chance of victory. The stewards decision was particularly surprising, penalising the Toyota for the incident. What is your opinion on the incident?

» #1 Porsche 919 versus the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche was a bit more clear cut. The #1 was penalised for the dive bomb on the GTE-Am Porsche.

LMP2 – Drama till the end

» The pole sitting #36 Signatech Alpine employed an unusual strategy. The first stop they changed left sides only, and then didn’t change tyres at all in the second stop. By the third stint the car had done 2 full stints on the right hand side tyres, and was losing 4-5 seconds a lap. The odd strategy proved too much to cope with for Nico Lapierre and the car felt out of the lead battle.

» Oliver Jarvis showed he meant business right from the green. The Brit left Senna no room on the exit of turn 1 on the restart, forcing the Brazilian off he road.

» A similar incident happened with the #24 Manor. JEV put up a robust defense against Senna, with the Rebellion having to leave the road again. Senna responded with a surprise move down the inside into the hairpin. Race control, with another odd penalty, penalised the #31 Rebellion 5 seconds for the move.

» The poor Signatech strategy and fading Manor challenge left a direct battle between the #38 and #31 for the title. The #38 had a 30 second lead over the #31 by the time the penalty and other cars were finished with.

» The turning point was caused by a FCY announcement for a cat on the circuit. The #38 reacted quickly to the announcement, which was then cancelled as the cat left the circuit safely. The early stop meant that the #38 would be short on fuel at the end, requiring a splash – something that became apparent as the race went on.

» Rebellion taking the LMP2 Title is a strong response to those who said that they would struggle after running in LMP1 with minimal competition. After teething problems with the new LMP2 Oreca, and adjusting to running in the class, Rebellion got their act together for a strong finish for the year.

» G-Drive Racing never featured in the race. Roman Rusinov was at the wheel for the first stint and dropped back early on. The car never recovered after that. G-Drive has always been fast and struggled with consistency and incidents, so to see them off the pace was unusual. Is Roman playing the “I should be a Silver driver” game again?

GTE-Pro – Ferrari vs everybody

» Ferrari were the only consistent front running team in the GTE-Pro class. Other teams challenges came and went as the race progressed. AF Corse appear to be the best at having the car work over a full race distance.

» The GTE-Pro race appeared to be the most balanced race under the Auto-BoP system so far. Ferrari, Porsche and Ford all looked like realistic winners. Only Aston Martin struggled, but with the old Vantage being replaced it may not be a major concern for Prodrive.

» Porsche had the title challenge backwards. The #92, behind the #91 on the standings, ran in front of the #91 early on. The #92 adapted the strategy and tyre choice early, and once it was clear they had made the right calls, the #91 followed. Had Porsche got it right earlier, would the #91 have challenged the Ferraris more?

» The stewards agreed with Christensens assessment of the incident with the Toyota – the Toyota was penalised for the incident. Fans seem less sure of the decision.

» Ferrari swapped the cars at the end of the race, allowing the #71 to take the win and the #51 taking the title.

» Sam Bird had more than a race win to celebrate – he proposed in pit lane and she said yes!

GTE-Am – Aston victorious

» Aston Martin took their first GTE-Am title since 2014, and the first for Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda. The #98 Aston dropped to the back at the start of the race but immediately set about recovering. Half an hour in it was third, 1 hour 15 in it was second, and by half way it was leading.

» Both Am Porsche 911 suffered headlight issues. The flickering headlights looked like a connection issue, and both cars required time in the garage to repair.
Huh? I didn't get it. Could you please repeat that?.... Nice.
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Old 19 Nov 2017, 03:02 (Ref:3781421)   #108
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Great reports Akrapovic !

The LMP2 fight was amazing, I really enjoyed the race.
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Toyota win WEC Bahrain; Rebellion LMP2 Champions

The #8 Toyota took the final victory of 2018 at the WEC Bahrain 6 Hours. Davidson, Buemi and Nakajima ran a faultless race, finishing almost a full lap ahead of the #2 Porsche. The #1 Porsche rounded off the podium a further lap back in third, with the #7 Toyota four laps down in fourth.

The Toyotas little time moving to the front of the field. 35 minutes in, the #8 Toyota passed the #1 Porsche for the lead, and was closely followed by the #7. After the first stint it became clear that Porsche were suffering from higher tyre wear than the Toyotas, and the gap began to grow. After a couple of round of pit stops, the Toyotas were untouchable.

Not only was performance not there for Porsche, they were missing luck too. The #2 ran off a discarded bollard in the opening minutes of the race, collecting it under the car. Although it caused minimum damage, the downforce loss was enough to force a pit stop. After the bollard was dug out and the nose replaced the car had lost almost a full lap.

The #1 was also unable to have a clean race. 4 hours in the #1 made a late lunge down the inside of the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche, tagging the GTE-Am car. It left the #86 in the gravel, and the #1 with a puncture. By the time the car had limped round for a replacement it had lost a lap.

The #8 also had a significant incident. The Toyota attempted to nip down the inside of the #92 Porsche GTE-Pro car into turn 2. Christensen didn’t see the Toyota, turned in and made contact. The #92 was left stuck in the gravel, whilst the #7 made it back to the pits for repairs to the engine cover, sidepod and floor. The incident appeared to be the fault of the GTE Porsche, but race control disagreed and penalised the #7. The car eventually crossed the line 3 laps down.

For Toyota, it will be a mixture of emotions. The #8 car took 5 victories in 2017, 1 more than the #1 Porsche. But the big prizes of Le Mans, and the WEC LMP1 title eluded them again. The first Le Mans victory never came, and the double points earned by the #1 is what eventually made it too steep a hill to climb at the end of the season.

Rebellion hang on to take the LMP2 trophy

Rebellion took LMP2 class honours at Bahrain, and with it the LMP2 Trophy. The #31 Rebellion Oreca of Senna, Canal and Prost survived a late race power steering failure to beat home the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car.

With the pole sitting #36 Signatech Alpine fading early in the race it left the arena open for a straight fight between the #31 Rebellion and #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing team for race and title honours.

The #38 Jota run Oreca appeared to have the race under control, as Oliver Jarvis held the #31 behind during the opening laps and dealt with the surrounding traffic better.

In contrast, the #31 was forced off the road by Jarvis and had a tough wheel to wheel battle with Vergne in the #25 Manor. After a couple of robust moves by JEV, Senna decided he’d had enough and launched himself down the outside of the Manor. The cars made contact but with no damage and continued. In another odd stewards decision, the #31 was penalised for the contact and had 5 seconds added to the pit stop time. It all looked uphill for the #31.

The turning point of the race was presented by a black cat. The animal had wandered onto the run off and was initially covered by local yellows. When the furry explorer ventured closer to the racing surface, the race director announced a FCY to rescue the animal. As if he was listening, the cat promptly cleared the gravel trap to safety and the FCY was cancelled.

Unfortunately for Jackie Chan DC Racing, they had already reacted to the announced FCY and pitted the car in anticipation. Although it did not appear to be an issue, the full effect became clear as the race came to a close. The #38 was short on fuel by around 5 minutes and would require a splash.

The last twist in the LMP2 trophy came with 50 minutes remaining. The #31 had lost power steering and Senna was struggling with the additional weight. Rebellion prepared Nico Prost in the pit lane, but ultimately he wasn’t required – Senna put in yet another monster stint to hold on for the victory, and therefore the championship.

For Bruno Senna, it was another incredible drive at the end of the season. The Brazilian has gelled with the new LMP2 machinery well, and risen to the challenge of running in the highly competitive LMP2 class. Senna and Canal take the LMP2 title, with Prost missing out due to sitting out the 6 hours of the Nurburgring for a Formula E race.

Ferrari 1-2 in Pro; Championship for #51

Ferrari took a 1-2 at Bahrain, making the #51 car the 2018 GTE World Champions. The #71 headed home a formation finish, with the #51 gifting the win to the sister car. The race results read as if Ferrari dominated the race, but they had a tougher fight than the timing sheets suggest.

The 488s were the only cars which were able to consistently run at the front of the class. The #67 Ford, #91 Porsche and #92 Porsche all took turns in trying to upset the Ferrari parade, but the challenges faded for one reason or another.

The #67 Ford GT was the earliest challenger, and moved to the front around 2 hours in. The #92 Porsche followed the Ford to the lead and looked a strong contender for the win. The #92 challenge ended with the contact with the #7 Toyota at the midpoint of the race. The #91 picked up where the #92 left off and set about catching the leaders.

As the light faded, so did the #67 Ford, falling back behind the Ferraris. It would eventually finish 3rd, with the #91 Porsche fourth. The strong end to the race sealed the title for the #51 Ferrari 488, with Pier Guidi and Calado crowned GT World Endurance Champions.

Dalla Lana finally gets his Am title

Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy took GTE-Am Trophy honours with a victory in the GTE-Am class. The Aston Martin looked comfortable at the front of the field, finishing over a minute ahead of the Ferrari 488s.

Aston Martins job was made easier for reliability issues for the other Am runners. Both Porsche 911s suffered headlight issues, requiring garage stops. The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche had a particularly challenging weekend. The car started a lap down after a fire during qualifying, was punted out of the way by an LMP1 Porsche, and spent time in the garage due to the damage and headlight issues.

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I'll do a 'talking points' article later too.

Open secret is these race reports have been written as practice exercises for a new site. So with that in mind, this will probably be the last race report I post here, although they'll all be available elsewhere in the future.
Big thanks for this and good luck with the new site.
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Open secret is these race reports have been written as practice exercises for a new site. So with that in mind, this will probably be the last race report I post here, although they'll all be available elsewhere in the future.
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hi guys,

i am a bit late, but here is my race analysis for the Barhain race:

https://drracing.wordpress.com/2017/...race-analysis/

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