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Old 3 Jul 2019, 00:22 (Ref:3915583)   #301
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Agreed. I'm sure only a couple of years ago we had a record entry and it was a disaster at least until midnight. I also seemed to remember an effort being made to reduce the starting numbers in response to this, but I may be mistaken. It seems lessons are not so easily learnt.

As a non-drinker, I don't mind the late start but it will make it a long day the next day. I've never understood getting rat-arsed on Saturday, knowing you have a long day of dehydration and loud vehicles ahead of you.
Agreed I thought SRO was better than that. They don't learn lessons. 72 cars with this stupid safety car procedure they have now. This will be less of an endurance race than a series of sprints separated by respites with the yellow flag.

Still awesome to see so much depth in the field. We even have pro efforts from Ferrari and Acura. 2 let downs are no McLarens and the lack of a pro Lexus. The IMSA series along with Emil Frey last year shows that Lexus is a very good car. Surprised to see it has not caught on as much. Would love to trade the excess number of Audis and Lamboghinis for more Lexus and McLarens.
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Old 3 Jul 2019, 10:37 (Ref:3915651)   #302
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Agreed I thought SRO was better than that. They don't learn lessons. 72 cars with this stupid safety car procedure they have now. This will be less of an endurance race than a series of sprints separated by respites with the yellow flag.

Still awesome to see so much depth in the field. We even have pro efforts from Ferrari and Acura. 2 let downs are no McLarens and the lack of a pro Lexus. The IMSA series along with Emil Frey last year shows that Lexus is a very good car. Surprised to see it has not caught on as much. Would love to trade the excess number of Audis and Lamboghinis for more Lexus and McLarens.
Its a shame Mclaren havent entered anything, I beleiev the rule was no PRO entries for any manufacturer that doesnt have something running full season in Endurance, I may be wrong. That said, it seems silly that they didnt enter some cars in Silver and PRO-AM to get some experience in the new 720s GT3 on Pirelli's, seeing as the bulk of their live racing experience so far has been on Michelins.
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Old 3 Jul 2019, 17:21 (Ref:3915717)   #303
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Modified Porsche Cup Car set to be 73rd entry. https://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpa...y-for-24h-spa/
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Old 3 Jul 2019, 17:29 (Ref:3915720)   #304
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Modified Porsche Cup Car set to be 73rd entry. https://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpa...y-for-24h-spa/
Looks interesting and all, but despite the reasoning they gave for it, the question remains...

...why?
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Old 3 Jul 2019, 19:11 (Ref:3915740)   #305
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Agree with others who have mentioned 16:30 being a late start time, frustrating in my opinion because you get only 5 and a bit hours of day light running until the sun rises. SRO donít cover much during the dark hours so i find it a little depressing not to get much coverage for the first half of the race
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Looks interesting and all, but despite the reasoning they gave for it, the question remains...

...why?
Because they can??
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Agreed I thought SRO was better than that. They don't learn lessons. 72 cars with this stupid safety car procedure they have now. This will be less of an endurance race than a series of sprints separated by respites with the yellow flag.

Still awesome to see so much depth in the field. We even have pro efforts from Ferrari and Acura. 2 let downs are no McLarens and the lack of a pro Lexus. The IMSA series along with Emil Frey last year shows that Lexus is a very good car. Surprised to see it has not caught on as much. Would love to trade the excess number of Audis and Lamboghinis for more Lexus and McLarens.
More diversity in the field would be nice. The German makes usually dominate the list. Hopefully there's more Lexus and McLarens in the near future.
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*Four pillars for the success of customer racing cars
To succeed in GT3 as a customer racing car, you have to reduce costs.
It's very simple.
The only engine rebuild cost is high manufacturer is Ferrari. But that's because of their brand value.
The price of the chassis must be less than EUR 400,000 in Europe,
the life of the engine must be 20,000 km,
and the rebuild cost must be reasonable.
This is the basis for success with GT3.
Besides, the assistants are also important, and if the team needs parts, they have to build a system to order them on PC and must arrive within 48 hours.
Selling prices, running costs, assistants, and manufacturer support.
This is an important four pillar in customer racing.
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Another Blancpain GT Sprint Race ... another Safety Car on the first lap.
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Race 2 managed without a red. Sprint just isn't doing it for me this year.
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Race 2 managed without a red. Sprint just isn't doing it for me this year.


I kinda feel the same between all three championships, Europe, Asia, America.

Be nice to see some more variety throughout.

Maybe a bit of a shake up is needed
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Old 14 Jul 2019, 14:51 (Ref:3917566)   #312
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After lap 1 today im not sure there was an on track overtake throughout the rest of the race.
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After lap 1 today im not sure there was an on track overtake throughout the rest of the race.
I was thinking the same.

Actually, I found that race utterly boring.
Apart from the start and the pitstops nothing happened.

If F1 are using the same layout (are they, or they race a slightly different version?) then I fear we might be in for another procession...
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I don't know if this fits in here, but it's made the rounds that Jose-Maria Lopez has left his spot at the Land Motorsport Audi for the Spa 24. SC365 reports that it was a joint/mutual decision by Audi Sport and Lopez himself for him to vacate the seat. Audi Sport would be interested in Lopez driving for one of their GT3 teams at a later date.

DTM regular Jamie Green will be Lopez' replacement.
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I don't know if this fits in here, but it's made the rounds that Jose-Maria Lopez has left his spot at the Land Motorsport Audi for the Spa 24. SC365 reports that it was a joint/mutual decision by Audi Sport and Lopez himself for him to vacate the seat. Audi Sport would be interested in Lopez driving for one of their GT3 teams at a later date.

DTM regular Jamie Green will be Lopez' replacement.


Donít really rate Lopez, heís been poor in FE and average in WEC.

He was only really strong in the old WTCC because he had the best car
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