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Old Yesterday, 14:51 (Ref:3831382)   #91
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Seemed more like BO(SC) was the problem. Vette had fastest lap for a while late in the race and the margins seemed steady throughout. The problem was that early safety car split the 92 from the field and stayed that way the rest of the race. Everyone else seemed to be about even, just not a lot of lap after lap racing. Some of that I'd put down to pro drivers knowing what they're cars can do

Problem is that the SC is the only variable.
You dont have stint lenghts, fuel saving, tire saving and so on as tactical variables anymore. Only laptimes. Thats not what I call endurance racing.
In old times you could win with a slower car when you drive one lap longer and safe 1 or 2 pitstops. thats not possible anymore when you have max stint lenght of 14 laps.

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Problem is that the SC is the only variable.
You dont have stint lenghts, fuel saving, tire saving and so on as tactical variables anymore. Only laptimes. Thats not what I call endurance racing.
In old times you could win with a slower car when you drive one lap longer and safe 1 or 2 pitstops. thats not ****ible anymore when you have max stint lenght of 14 laps.
Absolutely spot on. The BoP Was pretty equal, and as broadrun said, the only gap was created by a SC. But when everything else like stint lengths is mandated, you can no longer have any sort of good strategies.

Similarly, pit stops are now all identical because there's no risk on patching up some damage, or even swapping a bumper. Tyre strategy is now a non-issue.
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Agree, that's the rest of it. We didn't have the extra aggressive and dive bomb moves youd expect with balanced cars but it was definitely too balanced an event. Yes they were racing, yes they stayed close but other than a few side by side moments it was a procession much of the event. And when cars don't break like they used to, 3 of the GTEs retired I think there's not much room for advancement in the field
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Absolutely spot on. The BoP Was pretty equal, and as broadrun said, the only gap was created by a SC. But when everything else like stint lengths is mandated, you can no longer have any sort of good strategies.

Similarly, pit stops are now all identical because there's no risk on patching up some damage, or even swapping a bumper. Tyre strategy is now a non-issue.
Indeed. My question to the organisers would be how on earth do you expect an exciting race if all cars of equal performance and follow identical strategy when they are artificially spread out?

If car A and car B are just as quick and reliable in green flag conditions, and they are seperated by a saftety car or not hitting a slow zone an equal number of times, then that gap cannot be closed.
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Indeed. My question to the organisers would be how on earth do you expect an exciting race if all cars of equal performance and follow identical strategy when they are artificially spread out?

If car A and car B are just as quick and reliable in green flag conditions, and they are seperated by a saftety car or not hitting a slow zone an equal number of times, then that gap cannot be closed.
Agree with all of the comments on max number of laps per stint. I missed the communication on why the ACO mandated this - what was their logic behind the rule?

Believe that they should do away with the safety cars and do code 60s too.

That being said - did enjoy the race and coverage of the GT battles.
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