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Old 20 Dec 2019, 09:16 (Ref:3947686)   #766
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There's only 3 races left for Ginetta to win a race... Because obviously they're not gonna win LM, and next year, the final year of eligibility, they shall receive politically unfavorable bop against the hyperwagons if they are to continue in the first place. So time is running out

Maybe they could enter Thunderhill 25 Hours or something in the future though. I wish they would, that is proper old school racing and not entertainment focused

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Old 20 Dec 2019, 10:16 (Ref:3947695)   #767
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I'm thinking they should because both are at the same amount of wins. But I'm not sure exactly. Seems more complicated than it should be.
I do not think they will be having the same "penalty" will apply to both cars in Austin.

This is how they calculated it for Bahrain.

"That is despite both Japanese cars lying more than 40 points ahead of the last-placed car in the championship classification.
The explanation of the new system introduced for the LMP1 class this season issued in August states that "the maximum performance reduction applied may not be greater than the equivalent of 40 points".
But it is understood that when the gap to the lowest points scorer is more than that amount the handicaps are calculated from a 'virtual' last-placed car lying 40 points behind the championship leader.
The three-point gap between #8 and #7 would explain the 0.21s differential in the handicaps between the two Toyotas based on this criterion."


There is now an eight-point gap between #7 and #8. I expect to see #7 having a difference against almost 3 times worst than the #8 had in Bahrain. Which means, there will be no fight between both Toyotas.
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Old 20 Dec 2019, 14:01 (Ref:3947739)   #768
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Good to see GM going out of it's way to enter a WEC race when there's no IMSA race sharing the weekend. Hopefully bodes well for a Sebring 1000 entry as well.
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Old 20 Dec 2019, 14:37 (Ref:3947745)   #769
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We do have to remember that Doug Fehan admitted last year that last season's WEC outings came as a result partly of pressure from the ACO for being automatically granted two entries for LM and for BOP purposes for LM. Same deal probably applies here.
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Pressure? Blackmail is the proper word, especially when directed towards factory team that's the only OEM to have supported the event for 20 years straight
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Old 20 Dec 2019, 17:12 (Ref:3947768)   #771
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I do not think they will be having the same "penalty" will apply to both cars in Austin.

This is how they calculated it for Bahrain.

"That is despite both Japanese cars lying more than 40 points ahead of the last-placed car in the championship classification.
The explanation of the new system introduced for the LMP1 class this season issued in August states that "the maximum performance reduction applied may not be greater than the equivalent of 40 points".
But it is understood that when the gap to the lowest points scorer is more than that amount the handicaps are calculated from a 'virtual' last-placed car lying 40 points behind the championship leader.
The three-point gap between #8 and #7 would explain the 0.21s differential in the handicaps between the two Toyotas based on this criterion."


There is now an eight-point gap between #7 and #8. I expect to see #7 having a difference against almost 3 times worst than the #8 had in Bahrain. Which means, there will be no fight between both Toyotas.
I forgot about that. So they can further hinder the Toyotas even if they aren't walking away from the competition in terms of points. Seems like there's no stop to the tinkering of them. I guess the gap will be about half a second or 6 thenths between the two.
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Old 20 Dec 2019, 20:14 (Ref:3947792)   #772
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Pressure? Blackmail is the proper word, especially when directed towards factory team that's the only OEM to have supported the event for 20 years straight
Blackmail?

"Listen if you don't enter the cota race, we're going to tell everyone about when you kissed your sister that one time."
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Old 21 Dec 2019, 08:26 (Ref:3947861)   #773
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"Listen if you don't enter the cota race, we're going to tell everyone about when you kissed your sister that one time."
They could've easily let one of the Corvettes to rot in the reserve list in favor of spec Oreca 07 or GTE-AM AF Corse satellite team. That would've "shown em"
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Old 22 Dec 2019, 06:55 (Ref:3947996)   #774
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I don't know, I think Corvette has more pull than what we assume.
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WEC 2019/20 season

I see the WEC race for them as a chance to get more mileage with the new car before the biggest race of the year. Thereís probably some pressure from ACO but at the end of the day Le Mans needs the Corvettes more than the Corvettes need Le Mans...I get the feeling that the team would love to do WEC but their hands are tied as itís not their decision to make. I think even the ACO could understand that. And if you look at how poorly GM are doing outside of America then from a marketing perspective it makes sense to stick with IMSA.

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Plus the race is in the US - which limits the extra expenses. And this way they can very conveniently 'satisfy' the ACO's demands and get extra miles under race conditions for the new car. But above all, it helps them with the BoP games in the ACO casino!
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And I doubt we'll see a new CR-8 joining the GTE party for Sebring as the car is so new. Hope I'll be wrong though!
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However, the series still isn't convinced about the value of other guest entries:

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When they didn't have enough garage spaces at Le Mans they put up some temporary tents, but that isn't good enough for WEC rounds?
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