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Old 3 Oct 2018, 18:03 (Ref:3854350)   #496
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MaskedRacer should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridMaskedRacer should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Originally Posted by Akrapovic View Post
That's what happens in ACO rules, but SRO doesn't do that. SRO clears the incident under the FCY and once it's clear, they do a single lap of SC to bunch them up.

SRO will use the SC from the start of the incident if it is a large or problematic incident, but even if they're just moving a stalled car from the side of the track, they do FCY and once everything is clear they do 1-2 laps of SC. It's kinda the opposite of what is meant to happen.
I guess they did not like that Mauro Engle's Mercedes had a such a big lead. Oh wait..the stupid DQ took care of that. 2018 will not go down as the best year for SRO as a whole. The Blancpain Sprint series for sure took a step back in quality. PWC was not very good. Endurance Cup should have been awesome, and it did have its good moments. Spa 24 was good for instance. But I really hate deploying the safety car as often as they did.
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Old 4 Oct 2018, 07:14 (Ref:3854453)   #497
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Anyopenroad should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridAnyopenroad should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
One further oddity of the FCY->SC thing is that the SC is usually only out for a lap or two, which isn’t enough time for all cars to get into the train. This has two effects:

1. By random chance some cars are left way behind when the SC pulls in
2. The drivers realise the risk so as soon as SC is called they drive like demons to ensure they make it to the train. It’s paradoxical to see the cars accelerate hard and push to the limit the moment SC procedure is announced.

I really have a problem with this. It’s artificial and random and dumb. It disfigured the Spa 24, which was a great spectacle but a poor race.
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Old 8 Oct 2018, 11:05 (Ref:3855399)   #498
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Jameson should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Originally Posted by Mike Hedlund View Post
SC is normally deployed when the race director wants the cars packed up so that there is a longer interval of clear track for safety workers (and vehicles) to do there thing around an incident. If it's close to the track surface and not far away, it's easier and safer for them to work when cars aren't going by... even at slow speeds.

I remember reading somewhere that the reason there is an SC after FCY is that everyone can put some heat on their tires during the lap or two it takes to group everyone behind the Safety Car. They referred to several accidents on cold tires at Spa after restarts. Must be a couple of years ago or so.
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