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Old 15 Nov 2020, 18:36 (Ref:4017018)   #4471
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Well i think Aston martin have to decide what they want to do, they are a make that will always be classed as a sportscar company so they must have a presence in sportscar racing but we can all understand how in todays environment the cost must be controlled,
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Old 15 Nov 2020, 23:20 (Ref:4017133)   #4472
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Aston Martin to reduce its GTE pro program?

https://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/...ffort-in-2021/
is the danish #95 car still funded by young driver team as used to be in the recent past or both gtpro cars are financially backed by prodrive/AMR?
Anyway it's just another step to the gte demise
IMSA: corvette vs lmp3 vs part time bmw
WEC: ferrari vs porsche vs maybe amr
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Old 16 Nov 2020, 13:33 (Ref:4017255)   #4473
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is the danish #95 car still funded by young driver team as used to be in the recent past or both gtpro cars are financially backed by prodrive/AMR?
Anyway it's just another step to the gte demise
IMSA: corvette vs lmp3 vs part time bmw
WEC: ferrari vs porsche vs maybe amr
Good point here. Although it looks like GTLM at the Daytona 24 has a chance to be decent if Risi, Weathertech, and Proton show up which they might. After that though? Yeah, the series should ensure that LMP3 and GTLM run at the same pace to have some sort of racing value in there which I think will be the case. The Corvettes should beat the P3's every time though with all pro drivers and the ability to go further on fuel. Even if a P3 is slightly faster on pace which only might occur when you have a guy with the skill of Colin Braun driving it.

The GTE Pro bit is not looking great. It was awesome from 2017-2019 as everybody knows. It stood out and we had a reason to be excited and watch it. I watch replays of WEC races from 2017-19 far more than 2020 to this point. With the grid now...what is the point when we have SRO GT World Challenge available. Porsche, Aston Martin, and Ferrari all have a presence there plus you get the other GT makes too. In fact the AF Corse cars in GT WC runs almost the extact same paint livery as their WEC cars. Big overlap in drivers too as Pier Guidi was the enduro champion this year now.
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Old 17 Nov 2020, 12:04 (Ref:4017437)   #4474
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I think we have to keep our fingers crossed. Hopefully we’ll have a good grid at Daytona in both classes, with the traditional teams taking part, no reason why there shouldn’t be. However the rest of the season is looking a little uncertain as you say. How many will do the full season? And will we see close competition between the two classes? Each to their own, but would be nice if the Corvettes and the like could at least mix with the LMP3s

I feel the LMP3 has worked well in IMSA. But if things have looked uncertain in IMSA, look at how much the field has declined in WEC. It was looking good, but since 2019 numbers have been down, but the racing has still been good enough. We had enough this season too, but the series really has been in dire need of a rethink. Hopefully Le Mans next year will still have the numbers. I am sure it will
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Old 17 Nov 2020, 12:14 (Ref:4017439)   #4475
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If people are seriously suggesting balancing LMP3 and GTE then it is definitely time to kill the class.
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Old 17 Nov 2020, 12:46 (Ref:4017445)   #4476
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If people are seriously suggesting balancing LMP3 and GTE then it is definitely time to kill the class.
balance is a big word, but considering gtlm, gtd and lmp3 have all a more or less comparable top speed there will be some fun with divebombing people in slow corners
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Heart of Racing Aston Martin got better and better as the season went on. Great to see that group jell with the car. Hope they can carry their momentum into Daytona.

I would love to see the factory AMR team back. Even if it is a Daytona GTD effort with Dalla Lana. But I think it should be with the daiglow and green factory livery.
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It might be more suited to the F1 forum, but the type of car used may be relevant here.
To directly answer the thread title - providing safety and medical cars to F1:

Aston Martin to provide F1 safety cars from 2021

'While it's not clear which road car from Aston Martin’s portfolio will act as safety car, a race-derived Vantage is said to be currently favourite for the role. The medical car will be a DBX, which uses the same 4.0-litre V8 engine as the current AMG GT R cars that act as safety and medical cars.'
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Old 18 Nov 2020, 09:04 (Ref:4017612)   #4479
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It might be more suited to the F1 forum, but the type of car used may be relevant here.
To directly answer the thread title - providing safety and medical cars to F1:

Aston Martin to provide F1 safety cars from 2021

'While it's not clear which road car from Aston Martin’s portfolio will act as safety car, a race-derived Vantage is said to be currently favourite for the role. The medical car will be a DBX, which uses the same 4.0-litre V8 engine as the current AMG GT R cars that act as safety and medical cars.'

no surprise... aston martin under AMG/mercedes influence is going to become what maserati was for ferrari/fiat. An AMG related luxury brand.
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It gives us a bit of variety. But hey we don't watch races for the SC, even though they do happen. At least the Aston Martin name can live on thanks to Merc. I wonder if we'll ever see Maserati back in F1? Could happen, but they would need to get away from Ferrari a bit. I'm sure we'll have plenty more car brands in the future no doubt somewhere along the line
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It gives us a bit of variety. But hey we don't watch races for the SC, even though they do happen. At least the Aston Martin name can live on thanks to Merc. I wonder if we'll ever see Maserati back in F1? Could happen, but they would need to get away from Ferrari a bit. I'm sure we'll have plenty more car brands in the future no doubt somewhere along the line
ferrari cut ties with maserati, new maserati cars won't be using ferrari engines anymore. Anyway maserati is still part of FCA but I don't think will be involved in racing in next future, maserati trofeo aside with the new mc20 maybe.
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