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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:32 (Ref:3795804)   #466
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Yet another right rear puncture! I really hope when Michelin comes on this issue is gone!
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:33 (Ref:3795805)   #467
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:35 (Ref:3795806)   #468
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All these right rear punctures are genuinely surprising. For all the problems Conti tires have had over the years, being failure-prone has NOT been one of them.
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:35 (Ref:3795807)   #469
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I know that it's easy to knock on Continental, and I'm not one of their bigger supporters, but could the banking and the fact that this has been a dry race (but with a shower just prior) and the fast pace with hardly any FCYs be aggravating the problem?
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:36 (Ref:3795808)   #470
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I don't really think the PC's are the issue I think overall people are making wiser decisions.
I think the two are linked. We’ve removed a class full of Am drivers, in cars of a similar pace to GTLM delivered in a very different way. Plus they were easy to stall.

Regardless of whether their absence has given us more green running, I don’t think anybody will be saying that they were the missing ingredient from the race come Sunday evening!
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:38 (Ref:3795809)   #471
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another right rear puncture.
Cadillac #10 this time.

Didn't lose much time as he was pretty close to the pits anyway
It's like the opposite of the Mazda-effect. The Cadillac finally gets some bad luck like the rest of the field, but it happens close to the pits. Even when things go bad, they're not that bad...

Running order is Cadillac, Nissan, Acura, Acura. That looks beautiful. Plus, it's been almost all green flag running, so it's on pace, not through bunched up fields.
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:38 (Ref:3795810)   #472
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the prototype stints are ridiculously short, just a bit more than 30 minutes. I think the teams are double stint the tyres, and that could cause the tyre's failures.
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:39 (Ref:3795811)   #473
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I think the two are linked. We’ve removed a class full of Am drivers, in cars of a similar pace to GTLM delivered in a very different way. Plus they were easy to stall.

Regardless of whether their absence has given us more green running, I don’t think anybody will be saying that they were the missing ingredient from the race come Sunday evening!
Fair point, I don't miss them for sure.

Previous races when we have had tire failures we always hear that the teams are running outside of recommended pressures or camber. That may be, but if everyone is doing it.....
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:40 (Ref:3795812)   #474
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the prototype stints are ridiculously short, just a bit more than 30 minutes. I think the teams are double stint the tyres, and that could cause the tyre's failures.
They mentioned earlier that given your allocation, you have to double stint for 4 or 5 stints.

Rain??
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:41 (Ref:3795814)   #476
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I think the teams are double stint the tyres, and that could cause the tyre's failures.
They have to, they don't get enough sets to change tires at every stop.

Rain indeed!
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Old 28 Jan 2018, 00:41 (Ref:3795815)   #477
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Uhh rain...?
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They mentioned earlier that given your allocation, you have to double stint for 4 or 5 stints.

Rain??
I heard both this and that teams may be pushing it on pressures and whatnot. I love that they force some double stinting, since the pit stop rules don't provide any tradeoff in that way anymore.
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the prototype stints are ridiculously short, just a bit more than 30 minutes. I think the teams are double stint the tyres, and that could cause the tyre's failures.
And to think that I was watching the ALMS when Audi R8s were able to go nearly an hour on a tank of fuel, and Tom Kristensen nearly won Mid-Ohio in '02 by milking almost 65 minutes out of a R8 and I just got done the other day watching Laguna Seca in '06 where Allan McNish did nearly 1:30 on a tank of fuel in a R10.

Mind you, those cars had 90 liters or fuel on board and the R10 was a diesel, but I think that 35 minute stints are a bit short.

However, LMP2s and DPIs are supposed to be making about 600bhp (a bit less than the R8 and R10), but that's a lot more than the old Nissan LMP2 V8s (450-480 or so), and more power means that you're burning more fuel.
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They have to, they don't get enough sets to change tires at every stop.

Rain indeed!
I said double stints, but I meant many times.

What I think, is they are using the tyres maybe too many times and that cause the failures.
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