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Old 4 Dec 2014, 05:57 (Ref:3481720)   #31
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You think they'd reserve Krohn two years in a row, even if he has other outings in Europe - plus his new machinery purchase?
Talking with Tracy Krohn at Petit Le Mans this year he seemed to think there was no doubt that he would have an invite for Le Mans. He said it was an absolute. Maybe it's him being optimistic, but he seemed pretty certain of it.
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Old 4 Dec 2014, 08:22 (Ref:3481759)   #32
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Talking with Tracy Krohn at Petit Le Mans this year he seemed to think there was no doubt that he would have an invite for Le Mans. He said it was an absolute. Maybe it's him being optimistic, but he seemed pretty certain of it.
As an American LMP2 entrant I suspect he's got decent grounds for confidence.
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Old 4 Dec 2014, 11:50 (Ref:3481809)   #33
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So what...

Larbre is very much ACO loyal + French + had LMP2 for this year, yet was thrown to the reserve list. Same fate in 2009 with their GT1 Saleen for a class that was lacking entries anyway.

Pegasus Racing is ACO loyal running LMP2 and every single time they've entered the race (Norma 2010 / Courage 2011 / Oak Pesca 2014) they've been put to the prototype reserve list.

There are many other examples

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Old 4 Dec 2014, 14:26 (Ref:3481870)   #34
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Even though AII has two auto entries, will ACO grant them if they don't do any racing in their own series next year (understandable that they don't necessarily want to continue in that trash Asian series)? It's been the norm for couple of years now to have that policy

What was the last team not to do any, nor even planning to do other ACO(/IMSA) races the season they went to Le Mans? I suppose Team Taisan this year, although they were planning to do Fuji 6 before that got canned. But still, only one ACO race.

Hope Racing entered it's "hybrid" P1 for 2011 without aiming to do anything else, but they didn't advance from the reserve list.

I guess if Zoo Racing / Pillbeam were to get entry somehow while wanting to stick to African scene otherwise, similar thing might happen there.
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Old 4 Dec 2014, 15:05 (Ref:3481883)   #35
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So what...

Larbre is very much ACO loyal + French + had LMP2 for this year, yet was thrown to the reserve list. Same fate in 2009 with their GT1 Saleen for a class that was lacking entries anyway.

Pegasus Racing is ACO loyal running LMP2 and every single time they've entered the race (Norma 2010 / Courage 2011 / Oak Pesca 2014) they've been put to the prototype reserve list.

There are many other examples
After the ACO went begging to Tracey Krohn earlier this year to grt him to enter late when others pulled out, I'd bet he slipped a quiet deal in there about not sticking him in the reserves again this year.
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ACO's desire to have a global pyramid, lack of ability to attract US entrants in the last couple of years, relative paucity of people running LMP2s in the US.

I'll stick at three for the moment.
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I prefer the slightly higher pitched sound of the Judd over the Nissan.
Krohn testing at Estoril last month.

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I prefer the slightly higher pitched sound of the Judd over the Nissan.
Krohn testing at Estoril last month.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/TuOvnEngi08
Likewise, although for some reason the Nissan sounds really sweet in the Zytek.

What I love most of all is a mixture of sounds.
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“Currently we are putting all our attention and efforts to prepare for the Dec. 7th final race at Sepang. Team AAI will further review which car is best suited for the team to be entered at 2015 Le Mans.” S365

That's confusing.

At the moment, they've a pair of BMW Z4, a pair of SLS AMG plus a R35 GTR, but all above are GT3 machines, and only BMW offers GTE update package(as in TUSC), considering they signed two BMW factory DTM guys for Macau GT, 2 Z4 GTE could be possible. Or will they pick up their 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, or leasing cars from another team?

Anyway having two entries confirmed is not that difficult, they just need to handle their entry fee and withdraw later.
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Likewise, although for some reason the Nissan sounds really sweet in the Zytek.

What I love most of all is a mixture of sounds.
The exhaust exits are on the top of the rear deck on the Zytek, rather than a single tailpipe ahead of each rear wheel on the Oreca. Maybe that makes a difference to the sound.
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Killarney Raceway's / African motorsport PR department seem to be fairly confident that Zoo Racing will get P2 entry for Pilbeam

-- Entries for this event from all the main centres around South Africa include cars not often seen at Killarney such as the menacing 8.4-litre V10 Dodge Viper, a debuting Pillbeam LMP 100 turbo that is destined for next year’s Le Mans 24-Hour race --

I hope so too but not as confident as them...
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Killarney Raceway's / African motorsport PR department seem to be fairly confident that Zoo Racing will get P2 entry for Pilbeam

-- Entries for this event from all the main centres around South Africa include cars not often seen at Killarney such as the menacing 8.4-litre V10 Dodge Viper, a debuting Pillbeam LMP 100 turbo that is destined for next year’s Le Mans 24-Hour race --

I hope so too but not as confident as them...
They're making it up, but good luck to them.
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If the ACO wants to build connections to Africa (I don't know if they do though) they should allow them in, even if the team don't really run anywhere else.

Also the car is currently fitted with Hankooks, so you could have another potential tire make to boost up the lack of variety there currently is (whether or not Yokohama joins Michelin and Dunlop)

It's the sort of "weird garage effort" that's been missing from LM past few years. Also a bit more exotic? I think there should always be at least one

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If the car can run, and have a chance at completing the full 24 hours with a reasonable pace, it should be allowed in!
It is better than another Zytek Nissan from a random team who doesn't have the funds to challenge the top of LMP2
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I doubt it would/will really have the pace, probably similar to Norma or Radical or something. The design is aged and their facilites small. Not that one could really even make any comparisons if it only runs against some homebred GT cars and cheap fourth division prototypes in African venues.

But ACO used to give entries to FIA GT teams (automatic 2xGT1+2xGT2), as well as in less extent to Super GT teams. I think it adds to variety if there's couple, or at least one team coming in from "different backgrounds" and/or running something not overly fashionable. Even if the limited 56 car space is jammed with traffic already

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