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Old 20 Dec 2006, 09:15 (Ref:1795594)   #61
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class4v should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
I find it funny how "to be let down by..." is used nowadays by people who call themselves pro's.
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Old 20 Dec 2006, 09:55 (Ref:1795611)   #62
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SALEEN S7R should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridSALEEN S7R should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridSALEEN S7R should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
Well like it or not that is the case. When you are a privateer not everything can be done "in house" and you do have to rely on outside sources for things such as gearboxes and engines. Pescarolo is one of the most professional teams out there but at the end of the day they are still just a well funded Privateer team and ocassionally suppliers do make mistakes.

If you are a works/factory team if something goes wrong then you have nobody else to blame but yourself or the department that manufacturers the faulty equipment.
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Old 20 Dec 2006, 11:18 (Ref:1795695)   #63
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I find it funny how "to be let down by..." is used nowadays by people who call themselves pro's.
That's a very odd remark.

Henri actually said this (to me), in July 2005
“I was annoyed because we told (the gearbox manufacturer) that there was a problem (in testing). The system was perfect on the other car though – and it was perfect on the #16 after we changed it. They came to the factory last week, and they think that they have found the problem."

So he spotted a problem, asked the supplier to fix it, was initially let down, then they did fix it, once and for all - but to late for Le Mans 2005. So he was let down. In what way was he unprofessional?
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Old 20 Dec 2006, 21:14 (Ref:1796242)   #64
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chernaudi has a real shot at the podium!chernaudi has a real shot at the podium!chernaudi has a real shot at the podium!chernaudi has a real shot at the podium!chernaudi has a real shot at the podium!
As far as the gearboxes go, VAG doesn't build their entire gearboxes in house. The Audi R8's gearbox internals were built by Ricardo. The Bentley Speed 8 and Audi R10's internals were by X Trac-who builds Pescarolo's trannies. And I think that the stock X trac casings for some reason are a problem, as the Pescas used their own gearbox casings in '06( but the same internals, and modified paddle shift system) that would've allowed them to do an R8 type rearend quick change if it were still legal.

And the Lola and Courage transmissions are horribly unreliable(especally the Courage gearboxes). Even Porsche have had some reliablity issues with their in house gearboxes. So, maybe teams building their own trannies themselves isn't such a good idea-in other words, build your own casing, and used someone else's internals. Seems to work for Audi and Bentley.
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