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Old 26 Jan 2017, 15:09 (Ref:3705257)   #916
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but if the factory cars have 3 each which looks likely then 4 will have to drop out
Ah yeah, I forgot to take 3rd cars into account
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Old 26 Jan 2017, 16:28 (Ref:3705277)   #917
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Right now it doesn't look like Porsche will run 3 cars at any time this year. So if that's the case then Kolles is at or near top 5 if they're trouble free. I think the Nissan engine is a lot better kit than the AER and iirc, that had no issues in the GTR LMP.
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Old 3 May 2017, 21:53 (Ref:3730857)   #918
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Oli Webb has a few good things to say about the new engine and feels like a podium at Le Mans is not "ridiculous".
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Old 4 May 2017, 01:43 (Ref:3730883)   #919
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I agree the Le Mans podium is not ridiculous, but unfortunately this privateer LMP1 probably is.
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I agree the Le Mans podium is not ridiculous, but unfortunately this privateer LMP1 probably is.
They actually did well on reliability. What took them out the race was that goofy crash entering pit lane If it's not one thing it's another it seems.
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Old 4 May 2017, 07:30 (Ref:3730923)   #921
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For a podium they'd have to actually beat the LMP2 grid. I don't see that happening, either on pace or reliability.
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Old 4 May 2017, 13:42 (Ref:3730998)   #922
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For a podium they'd have to actually beat the LMP2 grid. I don't see that happening, either on pace or reliability.
I completely agree, but it is nice to hear a driver say something positive about the car. Well i guess it was about the engine, but close enough!
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Old 4 May 2017, 15:33 (Ref:3731015)   #923
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I don't know about being on the podium, but I think they will eventually be faster than lmp2.
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Old 6 May 2017, 18:52 (Ref:3731712)   #924
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Really pleased for them, good clean run to a top 6 finish !!
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Old 6 May 2017, 18:59 (Ref:3731714)   #925
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The Nissan engine is apparently working for them. This was their best so far IMHO
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For a podium they'd have to actually beat the LMP2 grid. I don't see that happening, either on pace or reliability.
Only took 4 days for them to prove me wrong. That is probably the best race they have ever run. The car wasn't fast, but it beat the class below it. It didn't break down. It didn't catch fire. Only problems they appeared to have was some driver mistakes. I'd call that a job well done for today.
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Only took 4 days for them to prove me wrong. That is probably the best race they have ever run. The car wasn't fast, but it beat the class below it. It didn't break down. It didn't catch fire. Only problems they appeared to have was some driver mistakes. I'd call that a job well done for today.
Apparently they had a boost pressure problem (a leak?) so they were down on top speed for the last hour or so. Top speed is their main strength so they could have finished further ahead of LMP2 without that issue.


Just had a quick look at the timing results. ByKolles had the highest top speed over the weekend, at 320.6kph, albeit in free practice. Next best was the #8 Toyota, in the race, at 315.9kph. So much for high downforce/high drag, although they could have had a tow off someone.

The sector times make for pretty ugly reading for ByKolles though. Given sectors 1 and 3 are fast and flowing, and sector 2 is the twisty middle part of the lap, they managed 6th best sector 1, 7th best sector 3 but only 16th best sector 2. Good for Le Mans though...

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Old 7 May 2017, 14:03 (Ref:3731948)   #929
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Apparently they had a boost pressure problem (a leak?) so they were down on top speed for the last hour or so. Top speed is their main strength so they could have finished further ahead of LMP2 without that issue.


Just had a quick look at the timing results. ByKolles had the highest top speed over the weekend, at 320.6kph, albeit in free practice. Next best was the #8 Toyota, in the race, at 315.9kph. So much for high downforce/high drag, although they could have had a tow off someone.

The sector times make for pretty ugly reading for ByKolles though. Given sectors 1 and 3 are fast and flowing, and sector 2 is the twisty middle part of the lap, they managed 6th best sector 1, 7th best sector 3 but only 16th best sector 2. Good for Le Mans though...
Perhaps they would have cleared the p2's better without the turbo issue, but they were no further ahead during the first 5 hours, so I think they finished where they should have.

The top speed at LeMans could be quite good, really looking forward to it! Maybe this result will be a good example of what is possible for the teams currently looking at the class and spur some additional interest.
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Old 7 May 2017, 17:05 (Ref:3731997)   #930
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I wouldnt be surprised to see ESM-Nissan adopt this coswort-nissan based engine for the IMSA-DPI effort, the GT3 based v6 they currently use is something like 40kg over weight, no wonder they are struggling......this bespoke cosworth item must be much lighter.
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