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DIX MILLE TOURS DU CASTELLET
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Mike Bell  
3 Apr 2020 to 5 Apr 2020 07:30 to 19:30
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Location: Circuit Paul Ricard

OK, on Peter Autos calendar as two days, which is a surprise as normally 3 days of wall to wall action! We'll have to wait and see.....

OK, for spectators the event is weekend only- 4/5th. For Competitors it’s 2nd to 5th.

Also a round of the Formula Junior Lurani Trophy.
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Old 24 Jun 2020, 16:19 (Ref:3983631)   #31
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Always happy to follow the 356 round, but PA says 911s should stick to the 2-litre Cup when the 60s grid is fully subscribed with other types
Still waiting for the guest invite to the 2l cup!!!
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Always happy to follow the 356 round, but PA says 911s should stick to the 2-litre Cup when the 60s grid is fully subscribed with other types
On a more serious note, this has changed the 60s grid.

There used to be the pointy end, the midfield and the minnows, with the 911s filling that midfield (sometimes playing with the big boys in the wet)

On a good day as one of the minnows we could get amongst some of the slower 911s, but now they are gone there is not really a midfield, and the majority of the minnows have already or are looking at moving across to the 50s race.....we are running out of people to play with come race day!
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I understand Will but no one can blame PA to fill the Fifities grid. Now the GTS11 category is no more the 911 field as was. I wont worry about you and your team, you'll find mates to bother in the Sixties race as on usual. Make your choice!
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Agree Gerard, was certainly not a criticism of PA.....they put on fabulous events!
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Seems a couple more Daytona Cobras have been made over the break it seems also.

Will be viewing live timing with interest.
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Agree Gerard, was certainly not a criticism of PA.....they put on fabulous events!
No worry Will, I took your point as you send it
What is a pity is that nobody wants or even try to challenge them at least in France. But having a look to a recent PP itw you understand why, he's talking about a lot of work, learning all time and a faithful working team.
Down here, "the others" always pretend PA events are expensive. I dont agree at all even though I cant afford to enter on a regular basis. They offer an unmatched ratio fun/performance/track choice/track time/welcome. Et le buffet est très convenable! Just let me win the lottery…
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@Gerard The circuit is advertising that spectators can attend this event. Do you know if there are limits on numbers or if it is only locals? I would fly over from London in a heartbeat but I don’t want to be turned away! Merci 🙂
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I asked the same question to Paul Ricard on Twitter. Grand Prix Burger bar grandstand only and they said no roaming around and no paddock access. Same for ELMS the weekend before.
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Mainly I dont recommend to travel in a country where the virus is still active. From PA website spectators wont be allowed but what is confusing is that the VIP packages page is still open. I did not test it.
Would it be me, I wont go unless sure to join a team and have the adequate pass for the paddock and the pit wall.
Hope this is not too much disappointing but at least I feel its reasonable…
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Mainly I dont recommend to travel in a country where the virus is still active. From PA website spectators wont be allowed but what is confusing is that the VIP packages page is still open. I did not test it.
Would it be me, I wont go unless sure to join a team and have the adequate pass for the paddock and the pit wall.
Hope this is not too much disappointing but at least I feel its reasonable…
Thank you.

I asked Paul Ricard directly and they replied quickly with the answer above: GP Burger stand only, no roaming, no paddocks. I suspect the PA site is a bit behind.

As for traveling, I will go anywhere it is legal and if I can walk the circuit. I will adhere to whatever rules are in place at airports, on planes and at circuits. Waiting until the virus no longer "active" may well mean waiting years or forever.
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Seems nothing changed, free access to the grandstand, no spectators allowed in the paddock. The FB page announces the venue of a famous Ferrari, the 550 Prodrive. More than 350 cars in total. With 52 cars the HTC grid is really well supported. Only one XJS to challenge the 635's in the Group A category.
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Its the first time I can't get the live timing and results directly from PA website. Anyway, for those interested you can find those: http://peterautoracing.alkamelsystems.com
Good Q for the Stephens family, no time for the Elva and no SLR.
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Some onboards from the PA Youtube:

Shelby Cobra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30UQu7Rvw1k&t=17s

Riley & Scott MK3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ElnKmeKnSY


Chevron B19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqJigQLo7YM

Video on Gérard Larrousse and driving the Porsche 917 LH this weekend!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONMlkx4Zy1M


Great weekend so far it looks with wins so far for the Bentley Speed 8 and a Bizzarini 5300 GT. Endurance Legends has certainly taken off now with 40 cars.

Shame to see the Sixties Grid is now all Class GT5 and GT4 with a handful of GT2 cars at the back. Guess thats what happens when you create 2 grids for slower cars to be competitive in. Good to see a genuine Daytona Cobra competing it seems qualifying 5th place.

Group C Race up next
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I can't believe the number of Cobras racing there. The virus can't affect historic cars and drivers commitment. Pourvu que ça dure… comme disait la maman de Buonaparte!
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Another finish for the 356 dream team, 28 overall in a Sixties grid seeing 38 cars classified, 19 not classified and 4 DNS. The 356 lapping around 2'52" means 17th time in the 2.0 Cup grid hosting 28 cars. Not bad, hein?
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