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Old 6 Sep 2021, 10:06 (Ref:4072300)   #16
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Very interesting to note that the DTM and GTWC Europe clash 4 times currently in 2022.

There's going to need to be a clear choice by the factories where to put their resources if that remains, as currently there is a pretty strong overlap in teams/drivers.
SRO have always been quite bullish about clashing with other series. They avoid the big 24s and WEC, but are happy to clash with ELMS, IMSA and certainly any national series, which is very much how they will see the new DTM.

Partly this is just a little bit of arrogance (arguably earned), partly it’s just the impossibility of avoiding clashes and also I suspect an ambivalence about the presence of factory drivers and quasi-factory teams. Ratel is very consistent in wanting GT3 to be above all a customer-driven pro-am class. If DTM want to go down a factory, cost-spiral route I reckon he’s happy to let them do it.
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Old 6 Sep 2021, 15:20 (Ref:4072355)   #17
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Perhaps LM test day will be two weeks earlier? I doubt it myself, but this may have already been communicated to SRO.
From what I'm told, the weekend before is pretty much a done deal already.
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Old 6 Sep 2021, 15:33 (Ref:4072357)   #18
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Busy weekend for some drivers then: race at Paul Ricard 6pm-midnight then helicopter or plane overnight to Le Mans for the next day’s test. Ofc they don’t have to do the final stint at Paul Ricard and the first stint the next day!

This has happened at least once before, maybe more, since SRO moved the Paul Ricard race to late May / early June having been bumped from their late June date by the revived French GP.
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Old 8 Sep 2021, 20:49 (Ref:4072675)   #19
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I know this article has been up for a couple days already as I post this but I think Ratel is not worried. Winning a pro-am GT3 class at Le Mans can't in any way be as prestigous as winning overall at the 24 hours of Spa. Same thing for the Nubrburgring 24 too.

GT racing does not really need Le Mans anymore now with GTE Pro disappearing. Spa and Nuburgring have taken over as the marquee GT races now for even the all pro manufacturers now.
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Old 9 Sep 2021, 09:32 (Ref:4072756)   #20
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Interesting to wonder if we will ever see an all-Prototype Le Mans!
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Interesting to wonder if we will ever see an all-Prototype Le Mans!
Oh yes please!
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Old 10 Sep 2021, 02:46 (Ref:4072889)   #22
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The fact is that Hypercars are still are closer to prototypes than to road cars so they don't project the shadow of a real car in my opinion. We will see if they are so important in videogames for example than GTs. I reserve my opinion till I see what prototype Ferrari will build, and the expectation it brings.
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Interesting that SRO is looking to revitalize GT1 in a ways. Was this not the orignial idea of the hypercars for WEC? So not a bad idea by SRO to show what it can really be. Because the hypercars in WEC to me has been a huge let down. But if anybody can nail the looks it will be Ferrari. So I agree lets wait and see what that car ends up looking like. Same for the Audi and Porsche LMDH cars for that matter.
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So no one took on the idea for Hypercar but now suddenly with the decline a GTE and GT1 program will work?? Seems like GT2 proved not so much.
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Interesting that SRO is looking to revitalize GT1 in a ways. Was this not the orignial idea of the hypercars for WEC? So not a bad idea by SRO to show what it can really be. Because the hypercars in WEC to me has been a huge let down. But if anybody can nail the looks it will be Ferrari. So I agree lets wait and see what that car ends up looking like. Same for the Audi and Porsche LMDH cars for that matter.

Kind of, to let AMR running valkirye, ACO allowed race modified road hypercars to take part in LMH, but we all know how things turned out at the end...
Anyway this "new" GT1 is just a cool way to call some scheduled trackday events... FXXK owners at example can't even run their cars as they please.
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Interesting that SRO is looking to revitalize GT1 in a ways. Was this not the orignial idea of the hypercars for WEC? So not a bad idea by SRO to show what it can really be. Because the hypercars in WEC to me has been a huge let down. But if anybody can nail the looks it will be Ferrari. So I agree lets wait and see what that car ends up looking like. Same for the Audi and Porsche LMDH cars for that matter.
Glorified trackday though isn't it? Its not a race.
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#63 got screwed once more by race control.
There's nobody that can tell for sure if the cars actually touched or not.

No wonder there are lots of rumors of FFF going somewhere else.
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Looked quite clear on reply to my eyes, I have to say. That's not to say that FFF haven't had the short end of the stick generally, reminds me a lot of Land's ill-fated venture Stateside.

After today's events, a certain other GT3 series will probably have an Italian car-shaped hole to fill...
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Well well, now the #22 Porsche gets screwed as well.
Fuelled why not on the jacks? Some micro-seconds maybe?


Who does SRO want to win? A Mercedes, surely?


Race control is not having a great day today!
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#51 rams the back of #32 with damage to both cars.
Warning only.

Where is the logic in all that?
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