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Old 10 Aug 2019, 20:31 (Ref:3922236)   #16
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IGTC has been around for a few years and the B12 hasn't had these sorts of rules forced upon it....why does it have to fall in line with the others in 2020?
Because the IGTC is gradually being established as a de facto world makes championship for GT3s. SRO are very clever here - they start small, build it each year. It started as a few existing races loosely linked together, now it's becoming a proper series, which means setting common rules.

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So they don't want teams spending money on pit gear..... but they seem OK with GT3 costs spiralling year on year when it comes to the actual cars?
I'm sure they are not OK with that, which is why they have GT4 and GT2 waiting to take over if GT3 implodes (which, btw, it shows absolutely no sign of doing despite the rise in the costs of the cars)

But while there is little SRO can do to control the price the manufacturers charge for their cars, they can control the costs of racing them at SRO events. That includes preventing richer teams from causing an expensive arms race on pit equipment which would ultimately drive customers away.
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They do it (and the FCY->SC idiocy) simply to ensure that the field stays bunched and they can spend the next year after the race posting clips of amazing last-10 min battles and boasting about how exciting the racing is, even it's almost entirely fake.
Not exactly an issue for Bathurst, which already consists of endless safety car restarts and 10 minute shootouts anyways.
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Old 14 Aug 2019, 06:55 (Ref:3922651)   #18
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Quick pit work has always been an essential element to success in endurance racing, these changes eliminate that element, while the driver time limit rules also take another bit away.

If they are that worried about an arms race with pit equipment, why not mandate what rattle guns must be used by everyone?

Don't compromise the race, racing needs less rules, not more.
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Not exactly an issue for Bathurst, which already consists of endless safety car restarts and 10 minute shootouts anyways.
Every time I rotated onto blue flag, the SC came out (2018). I think I only used the blue about 5 times.
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This year a record 312 laps were completed with only 8 safety car periods for a total of 22 laps.
Shows what can occur when drivers do the right thing, respect each other and stay on the black stuff !
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Changes to pit stop rules and stint lengths for 2020 rescinded: Steady as you go lads - let's run it like we're used to.

Good move I reckon, all felt a bit too contrived - clearly works at some of the races in Europe but not convinced that it would have worked that well for the 12 hour.
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Good move. Well done to the organisers for this announcement

What does it mean for the future of the 12hr as part of the IGTC though given Anyopenroads comment about about SRO wanting to establish common rules for all IGTC events?
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Excellent. Now get rid of this garbage for the other races.
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Good move. Well done to the organisers for this announcement

What does it mean for the future of the 12hr as part of the IGTC though given Anyopenroads comment about about SRO wanting to establish common rules for all IGTC events?
Guess we won't know that for a while but there are sometimes differences in what is accepted in European racing and what is accepted in other parts of the world. Success ballast for drivers for example has been part of a number of different euro series over the years and barely seems to raise an eyebrow but has been rejected in a number of other countries (including here). The IGTC stint time restrictions, pit stop time requirements seem to be rolling on OK in Europe too (at least from what we can see from so far away) but weren't accepted by competitors here (don't know how many of those spoken to were from Europe though but you'd have to think that some were).

Might mean that IGTC may accept that some practices wouldn't be accepted in all markets and tailor the series accordingly, or Bathurst could be considered as a "thought leader" and by not going with the restrictions, convince IGTC that the idea isn't needed to "spice up" the racing and is maybe a step too far.

Good news to not have the contrived restrictions for 2020 and we'll find out about the future later.
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