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Old 11 Jun 2018, 02:38 (Ref:3828245)   #1
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2018 Le Mans 24 Hours Race Thread

It is finally race week for the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I feel like there are still a lot of questions at the sharp end of the field that won't have answers until Sunday afternoon. Will Toyota finally get their victory? Will any of the other privateers be able to keep up with Toyota on pace, and if so, will they have the reliability? Rebellion looked pretty good at the Test Day, but will that pace translate to the race? Last year we nearly saw an LMP2 overall victory. If the P1 cars have issues we can expect at least a couple of LMP2's to have trouble free runs and be in the top 5, if not higher.

LMP2 features 20 cars, 3 Dallaras, 8 Ligiers, and 9 Orecas. The Orecas have had the pace thus far, but there are some good driver lineups (and teams) in the Ligiers that could still be in the hunt Sunday morning.

The GT Pro class will be tightly contested between Porsche (4 cars), Ferrari (3 cars), Corvette (2 cars), Aston Martin (2 cars), Ford (4 cars), BMW joining the party with a pair of factory cars. Hopefully the BOP is about right and we get the show we have grown accustomed to in this class. In the AM class we get a mix of Porsche and Ferrari machines with a couple Astons to boot. The AM class is always good for a longshot podium result, so hopefully this year is the same.

I hope everyone has a great Le Mans week, the on track action is sure not to disappoint!


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Old 11 Jun 2018, 03:20 (Ref:3828247)   #2
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Hope to catch some of everything. Work in the field during all quali sessions and the wife's fam is coming for the whole weekend. *sigh*

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In the scrutineering just now, the French-English translator doing American accent from the request of United Autosport guys was pretty funny gotta admit

The timetable's running rather late but that's typical here
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I think we'll get a different kind of race at the front compared to the last 10 years or so, however Rebellion may go for it right from the start and put the pressure on Toyota. What would really throw the cat amongst the pigeons is if Toyota have an issue that costs it 10 mins or so then we'll see how fast they can really go
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I think we'll get a different kind of race at the front compared to the last 10 years or so, however Rebellion may go for it right from the start and put the pressure on Toyota. What would really throw the cat amongst the pigeons is if Toyota have an issue that costs it 10 mins or so then we'll see how fast they can really go
I don't think mere 10 min delay is going to cost them a place over 24 hours. Paul Truswell may say that but I think Gemma Hatton's prediction of IIRC 4 lap advantage is much more realistic than roughly 2 laps. Even 4 laps is probably too little, especially looking at Spa where Toyotas kept screwing up and the other car even came from the back of the grid, yet still dominated the rest.

Anyway I think they'll blow it again on both cars anyway so the pace or pit cycles don't really matter. If they had run the third car again as they should've I'd said differently but here the chances are more against them than not
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On the RLM preview for LMP1, as well as on twitter, Hindy seemed extremely bitter about Alonso and headlines made of him. Especially when it came to him not talking to their pitlane reporter at the end of test day, in the name of Formula 1 arrogance or something. I mean yes some of it was tongue in cheek and he did made some admissions but for those listening to the station during the week just heads up that ranting is likely to feature heavily...

edit. Dragonspeed's Hedman looks like he'd rather be anywhere else than on that stage lol

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On the RLM preview for LMP1, as well as on twitter, Hindy seemed extremely bitter about Alonso and headlines made of him. Especially when it came to him not talking to their pitlane reporter at the end of test day, in the name of Formula 1 arrogance or something. I mean yes some of it was tongue in cheek and he did made some admissions but for those listening to the station during the week just heads up that ranting is likely to feature heavily...

edit. Dragonspeed's Hedman looks like he'd rather be anywhere else than on that stage lol
He was the same when Nico Hulkenberg won literally 5 minutes after the chequered flag "Nico Hulkenberg wins Le Mans is what will be written in the media" gets a bit tedious
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Aston hoping for BoP Breaks.

When you are a near ~5 seconds off of the fastest GTE-Pro times right out of the gate on test day, I struggle to find any sympathy for them. Even still, I have this feeling at the pit of my stomach that AM will somehow be magically competitive and win their class this year ala. Ford 2016.


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I just thought, I hope that the other LMP1s can really catch up with Rebellion, if we assume that Toyotas are not actual contenders.


It may be that only if BR1s and Bykolles can challenge Rebellions we can have a proper race for the win.
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Well i am looking forward to a good race both from the LMP's and the GT's, the last few year we have exciting races right up to the end with close racing in most classes, and i see no reason that this year will be any different. i will be there waiting for the excitement to begin tomorrow.
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Jenson Button says he expects their car to be in the teens on race pace. 3:19's and 18's possibly. I believe Toyota will not run away with it on pace but probably gap the competition with pit stops. I think it'll be an easy triple stint on the tires, probably quadruple stint. I wonder if teams will try to quintuple stint the tires. That would be 49, 50 laps on one set on tires. If a privateer can do that they will definitely save time on the pits, even if they can refuel at the same time. That's just one less thing to worry about and trip over. If Toyota try to quintuple stint thats a possible 55 laps on tires which may be too much? I'm just guessing. But I think there's still some strategy on the table. Maybe Toyota short fills to do 10 laps like the privateers and saves more time in the pits and less laps on a multiple-stint tire? I'm excited to see what plays out. In GTE I bet all the cars are close even though we have questions on the BOP.
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