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18 hours ago, wev said:

I've had to use Quests coverage for this as I only have freeview and very limited internet access for now. It's not particularly good tbh, it's very difficult to follow such a race when they're only showing 2 hours of footage in total (split in to two one hour segments) a day and any highlights of the time between was just the crashes

 

Eurosport Player is you're friend. Complete, uninterrupted coverage.

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And.......rebellion have been mugged off for their third place. Appears cutting a hole in the bodywork and banging the starter motor with a big bar and a hammer is against the rules.

 

Harsh.

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On 2017-6-18 at 17:00, curium said:

 

Eurosport Player is you're friend. Complete, uninterrupted coverage.

 

Uninterrupted except by adverts anyway.

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Just saw the clip of the french LMP2 driver giving thumbs up sign to Nakajima who mistakingly thinks it's an official telling him to leave pitlane and join in behind safety car. WTF lol. 

 

Thankful we have free access to Eurosport over here in Holland. Adding to the luxury, RTL also covered and had van der Zande (IMSA) Coronel and Catsburgh (both WTCC) and others co-commentating. They even showed the race in split screen when going to commercials. Kudos. 

 

Is T. Laurent winning LM rookie award possibly going to influence Peugeots decision to return to LMP1 ? Having a talented young french prototype racer must be appealing to* them. 

 

*To or for ? (english is hard) 

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LMP1 needs something more than Perrin and Ginetta coming on board, I think if they can contain costs Peugeot might step back in. Hell, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see McLaren back there trying to shore up the brand. In fact they could go GT class which while an incredibly deep field, is limited to a core of the same cars, Ford, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston.

 

The more I watch Le Mans, the more I appreciate how incredibly difficult it is to win. Got to be one of, if not the toughest road race on the planet?

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I think Nurburgring 24hr  might be harder but the level of competition is different and people know the margin for error is extremely small there (less inclined to take risks) ? LeMans has the most full throttle stretches though so i don't know which could be classified as harder outright.   

 

Must be technical limitations/regulations but would love to see more of the Blancpain GT field integrated into the LM race. Maybe it's politics ? At least BMW is coming back next year. 

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I would imagine that Mr Ratel is quite keen to hang on to the GT empire he's built up? now that's a series I need to go to as well. It's interesting to see what you've got to do to get an invite to Le Mans, and I would imagine the costs involved rocket as well.

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2 hours ago, Sun Tze said:

Just saw the clip of the french LMP2 driver giving thumbs up sign to Nakajima who mistakingly thinks it's an official telling him to leave pitlane and join in behind safety car. WTF lol. 

 

For what it's worth it's was King Kamui not Nakajima.

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6 hours ago, Dudley said:

 

Uninterrupted except by adverts anyway.

 

No. There's a Eurosport stream with no adverts and no commentary. Look down the list. 

 

At least there is on the Apple TV version.

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4 hours ago, marsh said:

I would imagine that Mr Ratel is quite keen to hang on to the GT empire he's built up? now that's a series I need to go to as well. It's interesting to see what you've got to do to get an invite to Le Mans, and I would imagine the costs involved rocket as well.

Probably that too. Regarding adding cars, it's probably a pit lane issue. Plenty of room on track for more cars but not enough pit boxes ? The cost of participating in 24h Le Mans race is around 120k euro's (according to Tom Coronel on RTL) so i guess if we all chip in a few bucks we could enter a bright pink RLLMUK Aston in AM class next year. 

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Talk to Beachdean, they'll probably appreciate the extra money and they've stuck Scooby Doo on the car before, they're not proud.

 

And yeah, the expansion to 60 garages has tapped them out without a very major rebuild.

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That's the crew that tried to kill Mansell, certainly shit him up, which for the number of accidents he was involved with, is quite an achievement.

 

Covered it briefly in his awful autobiography.

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On 2017-6-20 at 08:45, Dudley said:

 

Uninterrupted except by adverts anyway.

 

The ES player has an extra, totally uninterrupted feed that's basically what the WEC crew output to broadcasters for the commentators to talk over. So, perfect for syncing up to the Radio Le Mans Commentary for a seamless experience.

 

and no Carlton Kirby.

 

 

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I watched the Paul Ricard round of the Blancpain GT series at the weekend, I really regret not going to Silverstone now. They had 58 cars in the line up, 58!! no wonder McLaren can't find a sponsor, they've all buggered off to GT racing. Good racing for 6 hours, and the Nismo GTR down the back straight was something else, just don't show it too many corners:

 

 

Nissan-GT-R-NISMO-Blancpain-GT-Series-Wallpaper.jpg

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Blancpain Spa 24 hours this weekend, loads of free streaming so I'll be scoffing my tits off on this and the BTCC at Snetterton this weekend. Lets see if the Spa is as tough as Le Mans....

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Busy race weekend. Wasn't IMSA at Lime Rock last week ? Strapped for time but really like that track and ideally want to watch that too. 

 

In other news: 

Mazda Sport teaming up with Joest in USA. Next Mazda announcement: new RX-7.

Spoiler

i wish

 

Mercecdes dropping out of DTM. New focus on FE. 

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And Porsche following them by dropping out of WEC.

 

Which apart from anything else is important for the fact the WEC LMP class does not qualify as a world championship without 2 manufacturers. An absurd rule but one they're going to have to deal with very, very quickly.  I'm actually hoping Toyota follow them now because there's a viable small but good privateer LMP1 class for 2018 and it'd be great to see ByKolles, Manor and SMP fighting out LeMans overall.  They could well be joined by KCMG running the same Ginettas Manor will.

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Agree, needs sorting pronto. I love a statement from the ACO as it tends to be written in the style of officer Barbrady 'nothing to see here' move along people kinda way. There's plenty of cars that could step up to fill the garages if the front four decide to quit. Toyota must be scratching their heads.

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Poor Toyota...  They've already committed to next year though haven't they ? 

 

DTM rules state it can never be a two manufacturer championship but that's the situation they're in right now. Both ACO and DTM are going to have to be creative. 

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I bet they walk at the end of the year. A win at le Mans now would be a completely hollow victory. All they can do is drop the hybrid powertrain and go against the privateer teams is my guess.

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54 minutes ago, Sun Tze said:

Poor Toyota...  They've already committed to next year though haven't they ? 

 

So had Porsche, these things can change.

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On 7/28/2017 at 14:24, marsh said:

Audi did the same, strange that BMW are throwing their hat into the GT class?

Maybe the engine is easy to respec to LM regulations ? Was equally surprised when they withdrew their very compettitive M3 from LM racing a few years ago. 

 

Enjoy the Spa 24hr race guys. Gotta leave for work in a bit but will try to keep an eye on the Nismo youtube stream. Go team #00 ! 

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Finally back, what did i miss ? 

 

Edit: Loving the front splitter cam. On board footage of Spa at night stunning as always. 

 

Edit2: The instant "Godzilla" spam in youtube chat whenever a GTR is shown :lol:

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