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Old 20 Jul 2012, 20:09 (Ref:3109220)   #16
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What is to stip Toyota from entering Petit Lemans instead of some remote race in Bahrain where sponsors get offended and viewership will be low. Petit is looking like a hoot this year. It has alot of marketing potential for them...Vs a race in Bahrain...
America vs Bahrain...You do the math haha.

Toyota has nothing to lose in the WEC anyway. They have already lost. Its good for them to do the other rounds but Bahrain doesnt seem high on the priority least.

They could run 1 car at Petit. Im certain Toyota North America is looking around for an excuse to promote the brand in NA.
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 20:23 (Ref:3109226)   #17
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Agreed but ACO/FIA wouldn't like that move very much... not that they could really do anything as they're way too scared of losing them (again).

It would be the ideal race for Toyota, not only the third biggest event of the sportscar calendar but also a great place for Toyota to see if there's any sense in running the cars in NA. And if they entered for sure we could se Audi returning as well. It's not like there's any championship at stake anymore, well there never was after the certain announcement...

The only problem is the close proximity of the Fuji and Shanghai weekends but it's not like either of these participants have problems with cash or logistics
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 20:50 (Ref:3109239)   #18
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Petit could be something like the unofficial P2 end-of-season World Cup if the majority of the ELMS teams decide to go there. With double points on offer, there's still everything to play for!

That raises the question: what if most of/all ELMS runners decide to turn up at the Petit, will there be enough space on the grid with around 35 ALMS regulars?
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What is to stop Toyota from entering Petit Lemans
A very important 6 hour race at Fuji - a track Toyota owns - 6 days prior to PLM.
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A very important 6 hour race at Fuji - a track Toyota owns - 6 days prior to PLM.
It took just 4 days for Aston Martin to ship & prep their LMP1 from Silverstone to Laguna Seca last year... they were already testing the car on track @ thursday, having just contested 6 hour race on previous Sunday
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 23:07 (Ref:3109277)   #21
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What is to stip Toyota from entering Petit Lemans instead of some remote race in Bahrain where sponsors get offended and viewership will be low. Petit is looking like a hoot this year. It has alot of marketing potential for them...Vs a race in Bahrain...
America vs Bahrain...You do the math haha.

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Actually, Toyota has a very large potential market in areas of civil unrest.
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 23:32 (Ref:3109281)   #22
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 23:36 (Ref:3109285)   #23
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It took just 4 days for Aston Martin to ship & prep their LMP1 from Silverstone to Laguna Seca last year... they were already testing the car on track @ thursday, having just contested 6 hour race on previous Sunday

Fair. But its probably that Toyota will be rolling out two new chassis fresh from Cologne for the Fuji weekend.

They could run one of the test cars at Petit. The only issue being it would be very embarrassing to not win Petit if they enter and there are no Audis.

Maybe it won't happen, but, as you can tell, I really want it to happen.
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Actually, Toyota has a very large potential market in areas of civil unrest.
That's just one of the re-branded ACO trucks carrying visitors to the circuit...
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That's just one of the re-branded ACO trucks carrying visitors to the circuit...
That truck alone has about twice the number of spectators that showed up to the ILMC rounds in China. Good to see the ACO is finally doing proper marketing in new markets.
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Entry list looks like a glorified ALMS race...P1 looks bleak and GT looks phenomenal. Fingers crossed we'll have some of the international entries, but won't hold my breath for three months.



Don't see how it'll be anywhere close to last year, but here's hoping I'll have a blast for the 12th year in row And hoping the torrential rain stays away.



Who's made those comments? I'll praise whomever comes to my backyard to race!
I kinda hope the elms cars turn up and make a good show. If they do I am confident a P2 car will win overall.

I also kind of hope they don't make the trip because this will be the first Petit I miss in 8 years!
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A P2 car almost won overall at Lime Rock, so it is certainly not out of the question a P2 car could win Petit.
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That truck alone has about twice the number of spectators that showed up to the ILMC rounds in China. Good to see the ACO is finally doing proper marketing in new markets.
They're just preparing themselves for next year's season finale, the 6 hours of Nigeria sponsored by Lotus, proud partner of non-existing racing programs.

Interesting little discussion going on here:

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I like the sound of this . Road Atlanta sounds like it will be a blast this year .

Like to see some praise for the ACO for trying to do this , after all the negitive comments from across the pond before .
Yeah, this is very positive for the ALMS. Well done to the ACO, Patrick Peter and IMSA for sorting this out. I wonder how much money IMSA is committing to the travel package... (See people on the other side of the pond don't just attack the ACO, we attack people who do things WRONG! )

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