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Old 30 Jul 2019, 07:39 (Ref:3920347)   #646
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Old 30 Jul 2019, 15:20 (Ref:3920411)   #647
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Frankly, I fail to see which accidents you are referring too, or who are supposed to be the idiots.

Sure, there were accidents, and cars were wrecked.
However, if you are referring to the am bronze/silver drivers (you mention idiots with money) then I don't think that's fair to them.
Have to agree with 'Gert'.

It was a 24 hour race, there were always going too be accidents with a large, very competitive field and in conditions that were probably as bad as they could have been.
Personally, to get 51 classified finishers out of a field of 72 with the rain coming and going, making tyre choice complete guesswork, I think every driver in the field should be congratulated! Before the event I actually thought that it would be a lot worse finishing rate.

If we didn't have the am/bronze/silver/paying drivers you wouldn't get such a spectacular field of drivers and teams who want to take on the challenge and throughout the weekend I reckon that most of them did a brilliant job in keeping it on the 'island' for most of the time - yes there were a couple of 'idiot' moments, there were also a number of car/tyre failures that caused crashes and there were also a few 'pro' drivers who could learn a lesson from some of them!

With regards to the commentary team, I thought that they did a fantastic job. Being able to follow the live stream at the circuit wherever you were was a huge improvement on what we had a few years ago. Yes JW bumbles on a bit but he does know what he is talking about. The only one that I cannot put up with is Dakota - has she any idea what she is supposed to do.
Overall, the streaming coverage is light years ahead of anything that Eurosport have done this year - SRO should take note and dump Eurosport and just plough any funds into other promotional stuff.
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Old 30 Jul 2019, 15:35 (Ref:3920412)   #648
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Old 30 Jul 2019, 22:03 (Ref:3920461)   #649
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It does not work anywhere. The Blancpain GT series really stinks now. I used to be to excited about the Spa 24 throughout the decade. This year, I barely followed it. Exactly as I predicted a safety car calamity. This is no endurance race its just a bunch of sprint races with a safety car pause and then you go again. Strangley though I have enjoyed the sprint series races more than the endurance so far this year despite the fact that the sprint series is lacking in manufacturer diversity. Its pretty much Lambo vs Mercedes vs Audi, with an occasional lone Ferrari or Aston Martin.

There really is not much real endurance racing anymore. I think Nurburgring is the best since they just go with slow zones. Daytona and Sebring have gotten better mainly because of their field sizes which are in the 40's now. Perfectly fine in this day and age of great reliability. Quite content to keep those grids under 50 cars. Bathurst has too many safety cars. Actually I am looking forward to the Suzuka 10 hours. That went off well in 2018 (broadcasting aside). The Indy 8 hours has a ton of potential I think. On the Creventic side, I've become a big fan of the COTA 24.
Spa and Bathurst have too many safety cars but Sebring and Daytona don't? Please. At least in Bathurst and Spa unlapping isn't mandatory... All of them are great races though. Just enjoy it man, we are in a golden era of endurance racing.
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Old 31 Jul 2019, 01:27 (Ref:3920469)   #650
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Spa and Bathurst have too many safety cars but Sebring and Daytona don't? Please. At least in Bathurst and Spa unlapping isn't mandatory... All of them are great races though. Just enjoy it man, we are in a golden era of endurance racing.
Yeah that is exactly what I'm saying sir. I have no problem owning that claim and stand by it. But yes agree that they are all great events for sure. Just preaching how the endurance nature of these races needs to be preserved.
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Old 31 Jul 2019, 15:11 (Ref:3920541)   #651
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Just watched the first hour of the Eurosport 'coverage' from the weekend.

What a complete load of rubbish! Did they have any idea what was going on?

Mark Cole I can sort of put up with but, Tom Gaynor? So far out of his depth and I was not even sure that he was there!

The first question that he was asked by a viewer, was, 'which cars were likely to benefit more from running in the wet conditions' - a fairly sensibly question from a casual viewer - to which his answer was 'probably the Porsche but unlikely to be the front wheel drive Nissan!' PLEASE!

If Eurosport cannot be bothered to cover the event with people who at least have some idea about what they are taking about and cover at least the daylight hours of the race then just don't bother at all!
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Old 2 Aug 2019, 14:12 (Ref:3920826)   #652
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Full race replay is now on the GT World Youtube channnel, for anyone else like me who couldn't watch live - https://www.youtube.com/user/gt1world/videos
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Old 6 Aug 2019, 18:33 (Ref:3921715)   #653
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Hi friends, here are my (our) pics from the Spa 24h: https://gt.report/cDH6B

Hope there are some in there that you find half-decent.












MORE: https://gt.report/cDH6B
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Old 23 Aug 2019, 20:42 (Ref:3923913)   #654
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Better late than never, here#s two large albums from the Spa 24:

Start to dusk: https://bit.ly/2NDCIAq
Night to finish: https://bit.ly/2NDcNck

The rain and gloom made photography a little trying, to say the least! However, rain does make for spectacular night pictures as the lights reflect off the track. The first half of the second album thus has what I reckon are the most interesting pictures here.

Enjoy!
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The SRO FCY -> SC system made a complete mess of the Road America race then.

https://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpa...pax-to-appeal/

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In the report, the stewards state that the race director instructed the clerk of the course to announce that the safety car would not be deployed, although the timing and scoring screen displayed the message “safety car” at the time.

Moments after Askew entered the pits, the clerk of the course, as directed by the race director, announced “green flag” which was also displayed on the timing screens.

The procedure countered what was communicated in the drivers’ meeting, in that a full course yellow would always lead to a safety car period in the series.

“The stewards recognize that the safety car message displayed on the timing screen may have caused some teams to believe that a safety car would be deployed, and also how the restart procedure would be implemented,” the statement read.

“The stewards acknowledge that some competitors may have responded more quickly than others to the green flag message, perhaps anticipating a green flag at each marshals post rather than at the start finish line, however article 46.4 states that ‘Once the problem is resolved, the track will return to green and the information will be given on the monitors and team radio’.”

Having considered the matter “at length” and having reviewed team communications, the stewards have determined that the full course yellow procedure was implemented in accordance with the regulations.
SRO really are a mess. They tell everyone, in official drivers meetings, that they WILL go to SC after a FCY. They mess that up in the race, announce a SC, but go to green. Teams are confused and ask wtf happened. SRO carry out an extensive investigation and say the competitors misinterpret the instructions and the restart was legal, despite race control making an error.

FCY -> SC needs to stop happening.
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Old 28 Sep 2019, 08:45 (Ref:3930538)   #657
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The SRO FCY -> SC system made a complete mess of the Road America race then.

https://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpa...pax-to-appeal/



SRO really are a mess. They tell everyone, in official drivers meetings, that they WILL go to SC after a FCY. They mess that up in the race, announce a SC, but go to green. Teams are confused and ask wtf happened. SRO carry out an extensive investigation and say the competitors misinterpret the instructions and the restart was legal, despite race control making an error.

FCY -> SC needs to stop happening.


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Today SRO release their provisional calendars

http://vmail.vertouk.net/userfiles/s...ndars%2Dv5.pdf

Interesting to note that like last year Silverstone is provisionally listed as holding the European GT4 championship round instead of Brands Hatch.
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Today SRO release their provisional calendars

http://vmail.vertouk.net/userfiles/s...ndars%2Dv5.pdf

Interesting to note that like last year Silverstone is provisionally listed as holding the European GT4 championship round instead of Brands Hatch.


This is actually the second iteration of provisional calendars, the first being released at spa.

Both sure if thereís any major changes since then
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Yikes! The #333 Porsche has just rolled over on the opening lap.

#72 puncture, #52 stopped on track, one of the Grasser-supported Huracan's in the pits as well.
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