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Old 15 Jun 2009, 18:38 (Ref:2483944)   #1
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Practice and Qualifying

For as long as I can remember (the '80s) there have been two days of practice for the 24h and all sessions counted for the grid. I know in the past the grid has been set by different methods. I believe they used engine size once(?).

This year we had a day of practice and a day of qualifying. Do you think that this was an improvement? I guess ultimately it doesn't really matter much, but did it make a real difference. This year the change was related to the lack of test weekend. Even if the test weekend returned do you think that it should stay the same as it was this year?

Is it better or worse for the teams, or the fans?
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 21:08 (Ref:2484050)   #2
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A lot of the commentators felt this change was a positive one, at least the reorganization of the race week. For sure the abandoning of the test day helped the teams financially.
For the fans, we did miss out on one more chance to see the cars, of course! hah

But it wasn't a bad thing to do. If they do bring back the test day, I think they could keep race week the same as they did this year.
For one, by having qualifying on one day, it eliminates the chance of some guys being lucky one day and others not so lucky.

I'd be in favour of bringing back test day maybe with a different way of doing things, but that would require re-arranging May.

They could use the Spa LMS race to hold an additional day or 2 of testing Spa and maybe even head to Le Mans at the end of the week for more testing. Who knows...
It would make Utah ALMS race a bit hard to manage.
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Old 15 Jun 2009, 22:03 (Ref:2484093)   #3
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I like the new format. Just like the endless weeks and weeks of balogna before Daytona and Indy, the test weekend of the past seemed like sort of a bore and really favored the big budget teams. The new format is so much more compact and more conducive to the pocket book of competing teams. I hope they keep it in the future. People should have done their prep work before coming.

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The 6 hours on Wednesday were nothing short of boring . I watched 40 minutes of it and retired to my camp .

Even some sportscar journalist friends of mine said that it was a farce .

And a lot of teams even saying before that it wasnt a great idea to risk their chassis for nothing either .
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I devoutly hope they bring back the test day, and I say this as someone who's not attending the race, let alone the test. I do, however, believe that it gives teams an excellent chance to run their cars in, particularly when new, and discover what sort of optimizations they need to make for La Sarthe while still having time to do so. It also removes the stress of rookie tests on the Wednesday, which rather robbed the session of much of its lustre - and gives teams more of a chance to find a qualified replacement if they fail to get a driver qualified. I hope that the ACO will reinstate it next year, or that the teams throw a hissy fit if they suggest not doing so.
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The 6 hours on Wednesday were nothing short of boring . I watched 40 minutes of it and retired to my camp .

Even some sportscar journalist friends of mine said that it was a farce .

And a lot of teams even saying before that it wasnt a great idea to risk their chassis for nothing either .
Wednesday was not exciting, watched some of it but with nothing to aim at i had the feeling that the teams either did a few laps then went back to bed of just drove round slowly to give the drivers a feel for the place. Not sure what savings were achieved by doing it that way but it was not good for all the fans who turned up.
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Unless the give the test weekend it's previous "pre qualifying" status back (let all entry applications turn up & prove their worth) then it is a pointless waste of money.

Other than that, I would stick with this years format but have practice & qualifying on Wednesday & Thursday:
Wed 12:00-18:00 Qual
Wed 18:00-00:00 Prac (rookie driver laps count)
Thur 12:00-1800 Prac (rookie driver laps count)
Thur 18:00-00:00 Qual
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Unless the give the test weekend it's previous "pre qualifying" status back (let all entry applications turn up & prove their worth) then it is a pointless waste of money.

Other than that, I would stick with this years format but have practice & qualifying on Wednesday & Thursday:
Wed 12:00-18:00 Qual
Wed 18:00-00:00 Prac (rookie driver laps count)
Thur 12:00-1800 Prac (rookie driver laps count)
Thur 18:00-00:00 Qual
Interesting idea, but how realistic is it to expect even the ACO to get road closures during the afternoon?
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In rush hour!

We arrived halfway through a wet Wednesday, and no one was halfway trying, just toolong round, setting up.

But then perhaps that was the idea?
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Old 25 Jun 2009, 12:24 (Ref:2490401)   #10
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RLM said the local area suffered most without the test day. I'd bring back proper qualifying - and let JLOC find some other pretext to ship tons of c*ke round the world or whatever it was they were really up to
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