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Old 17 Feb 2020, 20:32 (Ref:3958073)   #1
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2019-20 WEC COTA Race thread

I think there is a race this weekend and they have just announced the bop for the new corvette making its WEC debut:

https://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/...-of-wec-debut/

It will be in 3 out of the next 4 races.
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Old 21 Feb 2020, 23:49 (Ref:3959143)   #2
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Good news, there's a support series for COTA. Well support rides I guess you could call it. And an Aston Martin Halo car will be running

***1990 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Price Cobb is on-site this weekend. Cobb’s business, Tread Connection Austin, is supplying tires to drivers taking part in the ‘Car Club’ hot laps initiative which is running in lieu of a support race series.
***One of the cars taking part in the Car Club is an ex-Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 from 2016. There are also McLaren and Porsche GT4 race cars, two McLaren Sennas, an Aston Martin Vulcan and an GT1-spec Matech Ford GT
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 18:09 (Ref:3959257)   #3
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I'll be glad when the ACO drop this success BOP crap for LM and hopefully for whatever replaces current LMP1.

Rebellion's top LMP1 time from FP1 is just a few tenths of a second faster than the top LMP2 car and that LMP2 was third overall in terms of fastest lap in FP1.
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 20:14 (Ref:3959267)   #4
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Rebellion consistently fastest but engine failure in FP2. About 4 hours between failure and qualifying so they should be back out. But limited testing on the install.

The #8 was 7 tenths back by the end of the session. The 7 is back in the LMP2 field at 7th best overall.

Think the odds of an LMP2 overall win could be high if the 8 has problems with the curbs like they have so far, bodywork was coming off in FP2.

GTE has the 92 out front with the 95 Aston and 91 Porsche following. Corvette runs 6th 8 tenths behind the leaders.
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 22:17 (Ref:3959277)   #5
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The success penalties have gone too far. LMP2 should never be at the heels of lmp1. There should be a separation of the classes in terms of speed or lap time. 1 second difference is not enough. It needs to be at least 3 or 4.
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 22:23 (Ref:3959280)   #6
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I'll be glad when the ACO drop this success BOP crap for LM and hopefully for whatever replaces current LMP1.

Rebellion's top LMP1 time from FP1 is just a few tenths of a second faster than the top LMP2 car and that LMP2 was third overall in terms of fastest lap in FP1.
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The success penalties have gone too far. LMP2 should never be at the heels of lmp1. There should be a separation of the classes in terms of speed or lap time. 1 second difference is not enough. It needs to be at least 3 or 4.
I think everyone agrees with you here. The penalties for all cars seem a bit harsh when an LMP2 is near the same speed.
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 22:28 (Ref:3959281)   #7
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Lap times will separate themselves out after a few laps in the race.

Not that it makes the current situation ok. But it'll be fine in the race.
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 23:20 (Ref:3959286)   #8
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There is a lot of strange things with those lap times. So okay, the track was partially repaved very recently:

The fastest LMP2 time in practice 2 is 5s faster than the last time WEC was at this track. It's 3 seconds faster than any lap that weekend. If you look at Shanghai the 3 year lap time change there is small, only 0.5s difference, so you'd be inclined to say it's because of the new pavement then, right? But then I can't at all understand why the LMP1s are going so slow. This year's cars are about 3s slower then 2017 around Shanghai, and while the Rebellion is slower than that for CotA, it's not a lot. But so far they're lapping 3s slower than 2017 at this track too, while if the pavement is that great you'd expect them to be doing at least similar times. In particular there's no reason for the #7 to be so far off from the #8, the success penalty difference is nowhere near that big.

But maybe that's just looking too close anyways, the Shanghai practice times for LMP1 were pretty crap too, only 1.5s ahead of LMP2 which grew to 2.5s in qualifying and was at least that much in the race (the race winning Rebellion's best lap was only 2.5s faster than the best LMP2 lap, but the fastest lap of the race was nearly 1.3s faster than that)

By the way the ORECA 07 is just straight up faster than the Rebellion R-One was and would at least keep up with the original TS040.
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Old 22 Feb 2020, 23:32 (Ref:3959287)   #9
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Well GTE seems to be a battle and those infamous racing warning words played a part this afternoon. The 92 Porsche lost a few fast lap times for exceeding track limits. The 95 Aston ends up on pole with an average 2:00.733, 92 from 97 from 91. All 6 full time cars were within .5 seconds

The Corvette wouldn't have even been on GTE-Am pole, 2:02.967, 2.2 behind pole. 2:02.784 for Project 1 Porsche. Any bets on a BOP update for WEC C8 after the weekend?
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Old 23 Feb 2020, 00:03 (Ref:3959294)   #10
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And the LMP numbers are in and yup slowing the fastest cars hurts their speed.
Rebellion in pole by 1.6 seconds at 1:47.530. The "slower" Toyota was actually faster, 7 averaged 1:49.161 to the 8's 1:49.431.

LMP2 not far behind with Cool Racing actually averaging slower than LMP1, 1:49.910.
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The #8 had a lap deleted or else it would have been ahead of the #7 by about half a second. It'll probably pass the 7 in the race.
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If Magnussen backed up his practice 2 time they would have been comfortably ahead of the GTE Am field, although still even more comfortably last.
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Just realised that if I sign up for a month of Motorsport.tv today (for 4 of your British Pounds) to watch the COTA race this evening then it will also cover the Sebring WEC race (and probably the IMSA race but I am not geoblocked from the free coverage of that in any case).

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Just realised that if I sign up for a month of Motorsport.tv today (for 4 of your British Pounds) to watch the COTA race this evening then it will also cover the Sebring WEC race (and probably the IMSA race but I am not geoblocked from the free coverage of that in any case).

I can then spend the month reliving my youth by watching all the '80s Duke Video content they have.
Annoyingly it looks like BT Sport don't do a catch up service for WEC and I can't record it onto the Sky box because they keep putting it on the Red Button/Extra section.
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