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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:20 (Ref:3919966)   #616
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FCY again.

Well done SRO, with all those stupid Safety Cars. You got what you wanted
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:20 (Ref:3919968)   #617
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Honda now up to 5th!
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:21 (Ref:3919970)   #618
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I think Rast is still moving, so it might still be 6th? Or I missed something.
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:22 (Ref:3919972)   #619
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I think Rast is still moving, so it might still be 6th? Or I missed something.
I think he's stuck too

EDIT: Rast down to 12th (at least)
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:23 (Ref:3919974)   #620
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I think he's stuck too
You're both correct!

SC. Loads of time for that.
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:23 (Ref:3919975)   #621
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:25 (Ref:3919976)   #622
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We didn't even get to go green before that accident.
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 14:33 (Ref:3919985)   #623
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Congrats to the GPX team. Sure, they had 3 factory drivers, but as a team I'd think they are not used to racing at the front? So, hats off to them.

Driver of the race: Estre? For his opening stints, and the beginning of his last stint...

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Old 28 Jul 2019, 16:17 (Ref:3920063)   #625
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72 GT3 cars at Spa = wonderful spectacle, terrible race. Just as expected.
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 17:15 (Ref:3920072)   #626
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72 GT3 cars at Spa = wonderful spectacle, terrible race. Just as expected.
Really? Were you actually there?

Have to say a 'Well done' to every one involved at Spa this weekend! Drivers, teams, organisers, especially the marshalls, the fans who stuck it out ........ any one who finished deserved a huge pat on the back.
Not sure i have seen conditions as bad as they were overnight.

Some great racing throughout and, yes, there were a fair number of FCY/SC issues but considering the conditions I thought it was a fantastic race, something happening right to the end.

Brilliant week in Spa overall!
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 17:32 (Ref:3920073)   #627
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Really? Were you actually there?

Have to say a 'Well done' to every one involved at Spa this weekend! Drivers, teams, organisers, especially the marshalls, the fans who stuck it out ........ any one who finished deserved a huge pat on the back.
Not sure i have seen conditions as bad as they were overnight.

Some great racing throughout and, yes, there were a fair number of FCY/SC issues but considering the conditions I thought it was a fantastic race, something happening right to the end.

Brilliant week in Spa overall!
Yes I was, three full circuits in night and day and rain, apart from 4 hours sleep in my car during the red flag. Iím currently waiting for my flight home, nursing sore feet and treasuring a memory card with 5,000 photos on it.

What you accurately describe is exactly the wonderful spectacle I referred to and experienced. Credit indeed to everyone involved.

But for one thing: the FCY->SC disgrace, artificially bunching up the field and, to make it worse, doing so badly. The SC often came in before all the field had caught the train. The wrong car was picked up as leader. Classes were mixed up and turned into a lottery.

Iíd add that 72 cars was always going to lead to that many incidents and FCYs, rain or not. Ignoring the red flag, what % of the race was under yellow?

While Iím sounding off ... the micro-management of stint lengths also largely removes strategy. Hence the inevitable last few laps sprint to the line that SRO set out to achieve each year.

So, awesome spectacle, wouldnít miss it for the world. But not a good race. And thatís before I put myself through watching the feed and putting up with John Watsonís Ďcommentaryí for 24 hours :-)
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 17:47 (Ref:3920074)   #628
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12 Hours 40 minutes under green.
3 Hours 30 minutes under FCY
2 Hours under SC
5 Hours 50 minutes under Red

(Times are approx, obviously)

I don't think the 72 car field size was a problem this time, and I don't think the race itself was bad. The constant bunching of the field was the only real issue. Blancpain has had similar yellow issues with significantly smaller field sizes. It's purely the FCY -> SC mess that causes it.
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 18:36 (Ref:3920081)   #629
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I enjoyed it, the red flag obviously ruined the flow of the race just as the race was getting into rhythm, I donít think the number of cars was an issue really, most of the accidents where drivers dropping it on their own rather than being pushed
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Old 28 Jul 2019, 20:05 (Ref:3920100)   #630
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I really donít think 72 cars was the issue this weekend

Sure there was a good number of crashing, but Iíd say a decent percentage of that was weather induced not numbers induced

I totally agree with others assertions, SC after FCY is the game breaker. I just donít get why they need it? I donít care about the increasing excitement of the show argument, prolonged green flag running with the quality of drivers and cars they have would do that far better
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