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Old 21 Aug 2018, 12:22 (Ref:3845197)   #61
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Although there was a weird statement during ELMS, but I forgot who said it - they said Silverstone was basically the only place other than Le Mans where you'll get that many top line sportscars in one weekend
I don't remember the exact quote, but what they said was basically that instead of 6 hours of sportscar racing, Silverstone would have 8 AND a far larger car count (i.e. the car count of WEC + that of ELMS).

IIRC, that was Graham Goodwin, and the way he told it - it occurred to me as that was how the organizers would try to sell it, and not something he himself would buy into...


Later on in the ELMS race, this was brought up again, and then the possibility of the LMP3 races was added
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Old 21 Aug 2018, 14:51 (Ref:3845217)   #62
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If they wanted to shorten the race a bit why not return to the 1000km format?
This year the race would have ended after
1000km / 193.3 km/h (per alkamel average speed of #8) = 5 hours and 10 minutes
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Old 30 Aug 2018, 11:19 (Ref:3847050)   #63
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Overall I like the calendar - except for potential conflicts such as Bathurst. One of the interesting things about the fan survey results used to justify varied race legnths, is that we indicated that we liked the sporting regs the way they currently were (2017). Why did they change them at Le Mans this year! Sorry I digress. As far as varied race legnths is fine - but not a shorter race at Silverstone. With a date now that should have better weather, Silverstone has the potential of becoming a huge spectacle. Huge fan base. I do belive Bahrain will work well. The weather will be crappy where i live at that time of year - so I will be happily watching the race regardless of the local attendance.
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Old 30 Aug 2018, 11:49 (Ref:3847054)   #64
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I don't remember the exact quote, but what they said was basically that instead of 6 hours of sportscar racing, Silverstone would have 8 AND a far larger car count (i.e. the car count of WEC + that of ELMS).

IIRC, that was Graham Goodwin, and the way he told it - it occurred to me as that was how the organizers would try to sell it, and not something he himself would buy into...


Later on in the ELMS race, this was brought up again, and then the possibility of the LMP3 races was added
it was me - and I forgot Sebring with the double-header there - it most certainly was not something suggested to me by the organisers - in fact the calendar was announced while I was in the booth - I wasn't at the media briefing
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Old 30 Aug 2018, 16:36 (Ref:3847085)   #65
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I had a slight thought that it may have been a hint at (more) issues with the Sebring round.
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Old 31 Aug 2018, 17:26 (Ref:3847281)   #66
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I believe also that the unsolvable clash with PLM will be finally solve
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Old 1 Sep 2018, 07:59 (Ref:3847355)   #67
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I believe also that the unsolvable clash with PLM will be finally solve
Seems it will be solved after all !

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Old 12 Sep 2018, 14:25 (Ref:3849640)   #68
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Sebring 1000 miles to start at 4pm on the Friday of the 12H weekend (tentative).

From the snippets of the various 2019 tickets on sale announcements.
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Old 21 Sep 2018, 08:03 (Ref:3851737)   #69
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Seems it will be solved after all !

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2018/0...-in-japan.html
Yep, sorted...

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2018/0...-calendar.html
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“I have seen too the answers from fans referencing the Motorsport fan survey as the source of that feedback, and there they are, in part at least, not correct"

"The fans opinions are not correct in what their opinions are. Let us tell you what the opinions were!"
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Gerard Neveu's response to the shortening of the 2019 Silverstone round...

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Rumour has it that we might be blessed with the Masters Series...…
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Old 24 Sep 2018, 17:22 (Ref:3852438)   #73
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I've stopped getting excited for those. I used to love the idea, but I got bored of cars driving around at half speed by a rich man who can barely turn a wheel. I used to get up early to watch them at Le Mans, but it just became the Darren Turner appreciation society as he'd be the only one at speed. The Mazda 787B doesn't quite sound the same when it idles by driven by random person as it does Johnny Herbert.

To be honest, the Masters Series is another reaction to them still not working out that the fans quite like Silverstone. They did their best not to have it in the super-season, they cut it down again in the next season, and now cite a private study rather than the public study for the reason, and are going to just throw in a masters demo event because they know this isn't what was asked for.

Edit: This bit is hilarious

I can say though that I think some of the responses have got the wrong idea when we spoke of taking into account the wishes of the fans

I know English isn't his first language, but that's a properly funny statement to make.
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I'm actually quite enthusiastic about the prospect of the Masters Endurance Legends coming to Silverstone, regardless of how they are peddled, it'll be nice to see those cars on track again. But, in no way do I consider that compensation for the two hours of race time we'll lose. To me, four hours is bordering on a sprint race, with very little 'endurance' involved. Seems the opinions of racegoers (by which I mean those with a passing interest in the discipline) hold rather more weight than the opinions of those with a passion for endurance racing. Six hours passes all too quickly, four hours...barely time for a sneeze and it's gone.
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Agreed. I'm dead against the savage reduction of race time, that coupled with the ludicrous 'blink and you'll miss it' qualifying only makes the show that much poorer, IMO. But yes, I would love to see the Masters cars on track again, however they're peddled.
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