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Old 18 Jun 2002, 10:51 (Ref:315966)   #1
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3 bentleys?

The commentators on Eurosport were talking to derick bell and the possibility of there being 3 Bentley's at le Mans next year came out. It would be great to have 3 of them as without the Audi's, we have a close field and everyone would have a good chance of winning.
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 10:56 (Ref:315973)   #2
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The rumour amongst the teams at Le Mans was that Audi would not be entering as a factory team next year but they would sell cars to privateers. Apparently Bobby Rahal is set to buy two and Champion and Goh will continue too. This would leave Joest with no cars to run and so they would run a pair of Bentleys alongside two from Apex.

Now I know it is purely a rumour but sometimes things just... well, make sense. Would be kinda fun if it happened but we'll see...!
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 13:26 (Ref:316096)   #3
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For now, consider the fact that there five Bentley-engined cars in this years race - and they did quite well, too
Wasn't it funny the way Bentley "bent" over backwards to point out that theirs was NOT an Audi engine, and after the end of the race Audi came out with propaganda material that proudly proclaimed "Bentley's engine is an Audi"?!
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 14:35 (Ref:316141)   #4
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The rumour amongst the teams at Le Mans was that Audi would not be entering as a factory team next year but they would sell cars to privateers. Apparently Bobby Rahal is set to buy two and Champion and Goh will continue too.
Keep on the gossips, first we love it, second they make us hold on till the next "main event of the year" !

What a fight it coul be, three work Bentleys and some private Audis...
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 14:57 (Ref:316159)   #5
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What a fight it coul be, three work Bentleys and some private Audis...
And with MG's which could keep up that pace for the whole 24hrs.

Speaking of which, what's the deal with the MG/Lola project? Is it all over now, or are Lola still going to continue selling customer versions?
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 15:03 (Ref:316161)   #6
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What's the deal with the MG/Lola project? Is it all over now ?
Come on, Guy, gossips, but no bad news !
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 15:25 (Ref:316176)   #7
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And with MG's which could keep up that pace for the whole 24hrs.

Speaking of which, what's the deal with the MG/Lola project? Is it all over now, or are Lola still going to continue selling customer versions?
I think there will be customer cars; not sure about the engine, though - will it remain an MG engined package, or will Lola just sell the chassis and accomodate other engines as well?
Some rumours indicate that the works team is now dead.
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 15:47 (Ref:316197)   #9
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I heard the MG are now looking at running a GT car. Did they not buy an American company last year?
I am sure that the Lola/MG tie up is finnished but as the car is so quick I think it is imposible that a private team (Hugh C?) does not run one in future events.
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it is imposible that a private team (Hugh C?) does not run one in future events.
Unfortunately, the private Nighthawk was far from beeing as fast as the work ones...
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 16:00 (Ref:316211)   #11
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Well, in the ALMS there's already the Intersport version (John Field et al) who are a good privateer team. Apparently Dyson is on the list of purchasers and are one of the best privateers over here (they're still running R&S MkIIIa competitively right now). Rand racing is also purchasing one. That makes 4 over in North America. My guess is that at the very least Dyson will enter next year, along with Knighthawk.
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 16:01 (Ref:316212)   #12
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Do you think public support could encourage MG to rethink their pullout?
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 16:09 (Ref:316216)   #13
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Do you think public support could encourage MG to rethink their pullout?
No
Unless there is better TV coverage I think the LMP car is dead and buried, a GT car on the other hand may have better appeal and would be cheaper with a bigger market for copys.

Knighthawk did a pretty good job in Sebring.
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Old 18 Jun 2002, 16:31 (Ref:316225)   #14
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Chamberlain's looking at running a Touring Car in either the ETCC or BTCC next year.

MG's withdrawal isn't confirmed yet, if they do they will be back by 2004 I reckon, with their GT car. But MG's aim is to supply affordable cars to privateers, so maybe a works team is unlikely. It's a pity the cars didn't finish this year, but I believe they've been trying to take too much out of that car, it was leading comfartably, maybe reliability should be addressed by the teams running the cars next year.

And here's the prototype of the car that will eventually become the GT Car:
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I heard the MG are now looking at running a GT car. Did they not buy an American company last year?
The MG X80 is based on the Qvale Mangusta, née De Tomaso Mangusta. That car (or something shaped like it) runs in TransAm right now; MG would only have to stick their badge on it, and they'd have an American racing programme.
MG are biting off more than they can chew right now - all this talk about Indy engines and GTs and...
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