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Old 2 May 2019, 04:32 (Ref:3901117)   #1
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2019 WEC 6 Hours of Spa presented by Total Race Weekend Thread

At the risk of this being a redundant thread (and if so, could a moderator or administrator merge it), there's no dedicated race weekend thread for the 6 Hours of Spa.

Here's the WEC's main hub for this weekend's race on their site:

https://www.fiawec.com/en/race/show/4602

Under the "practical info" tab there's the full entry list, time table and other such info.

Of course, probably the biggest story/question for this weekend is will the privateer LMP1 teams have anything for Toyota given that finally the privateers don't have to (in theory at least) engage in "lift and coast" as they've been given unlimited fuel allotments per lap this weekend. Also, almost every LMP1 team will be debuting or reverting to Le Mans spec areo this weekend to test for LM.

Also in LMP1, Kolles will debut the Gibson V8 powered incarnation of their car this weekend after having to sit out Sebring due to the engine change over.
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Old 2 May 2019, 08:18 (Ref:3901138)   #2
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Rebellion low df kit will be interesting.

It's traditionally been the least worst track for CLM so I think they'll do fine, however with Dragonspeed out and Rebellion/SMP out of reach they won't really have much to do.

There's also now the fake Aurus Oreca thing there next to fake Alpine Oreca, hopefully won't get much mention
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Old 2 May 2019, 12:35 (Ref:3901241)   #3
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Are Toyota off the pace or just sandbagging? SMP go 1-2 in FP1. Remember that pole last year was a 1:54 vs the 1:56 that SMP set in FP1.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2019/0...1-for-smp.html
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Works for race thread, thanks!
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Are Toyota off the pace or just sandbagging? SMP go 1-2 in FP1. Remember that pole last year was a 1:54 vs the 1:56 that SMP set in FP1.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2019/0...1-for-smp.html
Not sure, last year Toyota did 1:58.392 in FP1 while Dallara only 1:59.321. However Toyota did improve considerably for FP2 so I guess that'll happen here too

Most of the P1s are doing much better top speed than last year, except for Kolles which is nowhere anyway
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Again, what a lousy line up, just one support race for a mere 34 cars around a 7 km track. Snooze fest.
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Again, what a lousy line up, just one support race for a mere 34 cars around a 7 km track. Snooze fest.
This event has had non-existing line-up for number of years now

Wasn't always like that of course
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Again, what a lousy line up, just one support race for a mere 34 cars around a 7 km track. Snooze fest.
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There's also now the fake Aurus Oreca thing there next to fake Alpine Oreca, hopefully won't get much mention
From DSC: "In LMP2, Signatech Alpine led the way, Nicolas Lapierre setting a 2:03.441 in the team’s Michelin-shod A470. G-Drive Racing’s Aurus 01, on Dunlops, ended up second with a 2:03.677 from Jean-Eric Vergne."

Rain must be dropping off, because don't look now but ByKolles is leading FP2.

Aaaaaand two toyotas. Well game over it was fun while it lasted.
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From DSC: "In LMP2, Signatech Alpine led the way, Nicolas Lapierre setting a 2:03.441 in the teamís Michelin-shod A470. G-Drive Racingís Aurus 01, on Dunlops, ended up second with a 2:03.677 from Jean-Eric Vergne."
*Barfs*

That classic A470 sure is giving the new 01 a run for it's money, not to mention the Orecas. But how great for brand new chassis manufacturer like Aurus to be immediately on pace right from the debut race! Such magical times we live in
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That classic A470 sure is giving the new 01 a run for it's money, not to mention the Orecas. But how great for brand new chassis manufacturer like Aurus to be immediately on pace right from the debut race! Such magical times we live in
It's much worse than DPi's 'fake branding'. At least in DPi the cars have the engine makes in the back with some badge-engineering. Here in lmp2 it's just a sticker and a paint job. That's below Nascar-level imo, at least on the branding a generic chassis side.

Hope this rain goes away and we get to see proper times again. If the SMP's can improve on their FP1 pace we may actually have a battle for pole at least.
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It's much worse than DPi's 'fake branding'. At least in DPi the cars have the engine makes in the back with some badge-engineering. Here in lmp2 it's just a sticker and a paint job. That's below Nascar-level imo, at least on the branding a generic chassis side.

Hope this rain goes away and we get to see proper times again. If the SMP's can improve on their FP1 pace we may actually have a battle for pole at least.
Agreed. DPi is honest about what it is. Some don't like it, which is fair enough, but at least it calls a spade a spade.

The LMP2 rebranding is calling a spade a gardening tool.
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Hmm, the DPi cars are generally referred to as their engine though which is technically incorrect.
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That's what sportscar racing has done for decades. I actually agree with you (we're making a habit of this), and I think it looks especially silly in timing and scoring, but it's how it's always been.

WEC does it too. They've changed the TV Graphics now to show team names, but for a long time it just listed every LMP2 as "Nissan" (with the occasional Judd) and then "Gibson".
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It should also be noted that the SMP BR Dallaras have been running their high downforce sprint package so far this weekend, possibly in anticipation of the cold and wet conditions (though I may've seen photos of the cars in LM spec, possibly being prepared to back and forth as needed).

Rebellion have been the fastest though the speed trap so far though, with a 202+mph top speed.
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