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Old 3 Sep 2019, 23:22 (Ref:3925671)   #256
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Although no one really cares what im about to say because you will say "Care enough to comment though" i feel its still important to voice my opinion to show my displeasure. For me, ive stopped watching ELMS and the WEC, i have no interest in spec series, it was the variety of looks, sounds and constructors that drew me into sportscar racing and now i feel that has gone. For sure, are there more competitive cars? Yes, is it better with closer racing? Yes. However, it doesnt engage me anymore. Im sorry.
I'm with you on that. I get bored after watching for 20 mins on tele.Only the volume of cars makes it a bit interesting .I'll leave it at that for now.
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Old 4 Sep 2019, 09:23 (Ref:3925724)   #257
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Although no one really cares what im about to say because you will say "Care enough to comment though" i feel its still important to voice my opinion to show my displeasure. For me, ive stopped watching ELMS and the WEC, i have no interest in spec series, it was the variety of looks, sounds and constructors that drew me into sportscar racing and now i feel that has gone. For sure, are there more competitive cars? Yes, is it better with closer racing? Yes. However, it doesnt engage me anymore. Im sorry.
Have to agree with you. Too much spec equipment, whilst keeping the racing close, spoils the whole show. If I want to see and hear spec cars I will watch the BTCC - I have always watched Endurance racing for the variety of chassis/engine combinations and the different manufacturers takes on the rules. ELMS just doesn't do it for me - yes, lots of cars and some good racing at times but they all look the same! Even difficult to tell LMP2 from LMP3 sometimes.

I applaud Stefan Ratel and SRO for at least staying away from mandating too much spec stuff - great to hear all of the different engine notes, watching recognisable body shapes and still having some great racing with no one manufacturer winning every time. Blancpain has it's faults with SC/FCY stuff and mandatory pit stop times but the whole show is just more spectacular at the moment as you are never sure who is going to win.
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Old 4 Sep 2019, 10:13 (Ref:3925729)   #258
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SRO option is just as bad

Anyway we have confirmation of no-show from Carlin Dallara at Spa, which will mean there will be just two chassis in each class next time round. So that brings it to just 6 unique chassis / 5 constructors / 4 engines in a field of roughly 40. We are looking at new record low here, there's about as much going here as at that 6-8 car ASLMS grid 5 years ago
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I wouldn't be shocked if this was exactly what mr Spec Cartel wanted to happen

"The best thing on the economical aspect is probably to repeat the LMP2 regulations, because most of the teams have their cars and spare parts but are not going to expand. They want to reduce their budgets. If you look at the IndyCar system, they have had the same cars for ten years. So this is one option, to change nothing because it allows the team to spend less money. We also have the option to have a new [set of] regulations but I donít think itís good for the economic situation of the teams Ė not car manufacturers. If we have to send new cars, itís perfect for us, but I donít think it will be for the teams.Ē

https://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/abadie-hypercar-launch-one-year-too-early/
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2020 calendar announced

The only change is that Paul Ricard and Barcelona switch places. Presumably that means the Spanish race will take place at a more normal time. No need to run into dusk in April.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2019/0...-calendar.html
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Old 20 Sep 2019, 11:01 (Ref:3929052)   #262
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Not a terrible schedule, but I'd rather not have Barcelona or Paul Ricard.
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Silverstone being listed as 4-5 Sep (Fri-Sat) is a pretty huge indication that 2020-21 WEC will start at Silverstone that same weekend.
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The only change is that Paul Ricard and Barcelona switch places. Presumably that means the Spanish race will take place at a more normal time. No need to run into dusk in April.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2019/0...-calendar.html
But the night race aspect was the only really interesting thing about that race, now it will turn into another boring regular event on a circuit that's doesn't have much personality anyway. The only thing of interest at all next year in this sea of spec and standardization will be the new "upgraded" LMP3s... and I don't have high hopes of the likes of ADESS turning up anyway.

I guess retaining Portimao is somewhat of a surprise considering Neveu said some negative things about it last year. It's a good circuit but that too should be a night race like in '09 and '10
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Look like the weather is going to be really nice this weekend, especially on Sunday.
That's alright, I'm going to Spa this weekend
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		ELMS	LMC	LIGIER	(WEC)
Barcelona	X	X	X
Monza		X	X	X
Le Mans			X		X
HTTT		X	X	X
Silverstone	X			X
Spa		X	X	X
Portimao	X	X	X
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Why is not Ligier running inside LMC? Like we didn't have enough useless one-make series around.
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Money and exposure. Technically it'll be two classes anyway.

Paul Ricard should be a night race now, per DSC, which makes sense
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Exciting qualifying results from Spa are in

01 Oreca
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06 Oreca
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10 Oreca
11 Oreca
12 Onroak-Ligier
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15 Onroak Ligier
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16 Oreca (no time)
17 Oreca (no time)
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Listening to comms from Donington GT Cup

Looking at Live timing for Monza Historic

All 3 have safety car at the moment. Think I'll make myself a cuppa I think.
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