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Old 11 Jun 2022, 17:27 (Ref:4114387)   #76
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There is currently >30s between the two Corvettes. BoP clearly not working.
And >30s between the first two LMP2s.

After only 3.5 hours of racing.


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Old 11 Jun 2022, 17:32 (Ref:4114392)   #77
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Old 11 Jun 2022, 17:46 (Ref:4114402)   #78
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The first question to ask is what is a reasonable variation in performance? Obviously it is unrealistic to expect nose to tail after hours of racing. Purely from a statistical perspective.

While there is a hierarchy in the teams, the gaps between them are comparable with gaps between cars in the same team being similar to gaps between teams. We are also seeing a similar spread across LMP2, which is all the same car!

That for me, is a decent result. Could be closer, could clearly be worse.

And we haven't been through all drivers and conditions yet.

I reserve full judgement on this.
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Old 11 Jun 2022, 18:16 (Ref:4114429)   #79
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I am not sure if the hybrid of the Toyota is makeing the difference in traffic, but as I remember it the hybrid deployment have been nerfed somewhat?
I believe that is what is causing the challenging handling in higher speed corners.
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Old 11 Jun 2022, 20:34 (Ref:4114572)   #80
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The tricky thing about BOP is that even in spec categories where everyone has basically the same stuff, the cream still rises. LMP2 is basically a spec Oreca class, but the #38 Jota has cleaned house so far all day. Same Oreca chassis, same Gibson V8, same Goodyear tires, as everyone else. I know that set ups aren't spec, but even the sister car has had issue keeping up.


However, it does seem that BOP has bit Ferrari in GT, as it seems that especially as the track rubbered in, Porsche and Corvette seem to be evenly matched now.
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Old 11 Jun 2022, 20:50 (Ref:4114583)   #81
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It's really a shame for Toyota, they have been doing Le Mans since 2012 and only managed to win when all the other factory teams left. They never managed to beat Audi, were humiliated by Porsche and now the organizer is obliged to give them an advantage against much smaller opponents to make sure they win... I liked them in 2012, it has become a team that I hate, the worst being the main team Pascal Vasselon who is a real crybaby ... I can't wait for next year when Porsche and/or Ferrari will spank them...
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I think you might be confusing sportscar racing for football there.
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It's really a shame for Toyota, they have been doing Le Mans since 2012 and only managed to win when all the other factory teams left.
They almost won in 2016... almost
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True there, he totally is.
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I can't wait for next year when Porsche and/or Ferrari will spank them...
I wouldn't be so sure about that, the GR010 is a beast car.
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IMO, no different than when several of the Audi wins or quite a few of the Porsche wins didn't exactly come against the stiffest of opposition.



For top classes at LM, the late 80's Group C and late 90's GT1 and LMP900/GTP fields are the exception rather than the rule since almost the very beginning. A lot of the time one or two factory/factory class teams was good going. A few times even, having one was doing good for LM. Remember 1994?
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BOP is supposed to equalize cars, no matter that some of them are multi-million prototypes built by major manufacturers and others are much cheaper private efforts. What the ACO does has nothing to do with performance balancing, just try to get too close to the Toyotas and you get a penalty incoming immediately. And it's not about penalizing Toyotas, they're not in any way. It's about the others not having any chances to compete with them.
Yes, that's why if LMH/LMDh truly wants to operate like GT3 then Toyota or Peugeot or Porsche should need to homologate their chassis and engines, and sell it for a fixed(low) price to all privateers who place an order. Then LMP2 can be done away with.

The works teams would still compete, but privateers would be able to purchase the same vehicles. You'd have 40+ cars in the top class, it would be grand!
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So far I do like what I've seen of the LMDh formula. The problem is it needs to be kept a close eye on so the manufacturers don't spend ridiculous amount of money. I don't think manufacturers would really be interested in selling to privateers. Although I do wonder about the future of LMP2.

I look forward to seeing more works teams competing in the not too distant future. However I hope the privateers still have their place. It's right though that the ACO are focusing more on the top class now
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IMO the BoP was pants.

A fair BoP (as in Balance Of Performance) should give all cars the same chance at success.
Regardless if they are a big constructor (Toyota), a small constructor (Glickenhaus) or an old grandfathered car (Alpine)
I *do* include Alpine. It races under the same regulations as the other 2. If it shouldn't be allowed to win, then just exclude it and don't let it compete at all.
Maybe that would have been the better option but since it is there, the same chance at success should apply.

In reality, the goal of the BoP seemed to be: Toyota-Toyota-Glickenhaus-Glickenhaus-Alpine.

Which is what we got, but not what BoP means (IMO)

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The same applies to GTE Pro. If BoP is fair, the outcome of the race should be unpredictable, and every single manufacturer should have the same chance at success.
Things like "Corvette surely seems like the favorite" (see pre-race analysis) should never even be on anyone's mind.

Barring accidents and mechanical mishaps, I'm convinced the order would have been Corvette-Corvette-Porsche-Porsche-Ferrari-Ferrari.

Contrary to the Hyperclass, I'm not sure this was intended.
If it was, the question is: why?
If it was't, then I say they did a bad job at BoP-ing.
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Absolutely agree, the "BOP" isn't a "balance" at all, its a stacked deck in favour of Toyota. I don't think any race fans necessarily want an indie to start with a performance advantage over a factory team, but Glick and Alpine need to be in with something approaching a fair shot, whether you look at fuel tank sizes, chassis weight, engine performance etc, I guess those are the obvious performance factors that are reasonably easily adjusted. Personally I would increase the weight of LMH cars by 150kg, reduce the weight of non-hybrid LMH by 50kg and offer them a 12 Litre larger fuel cell.

After typing that I remember I thought some time ago I was complaining because the LMH cars were barely quicker than LMP2 cars, so adding 150kg of weight probably is not going to help and would just make them more lumbering and clumsy in slower speed corners. I don't know to be honest, maybe offer non-hybrid cars an increased turbo boost?
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I don't know to be honest, maybe offer non-hybrid cars an increased turbo boost?
If I remember right, James Glickenhaus said that his LMH can easily run with more power without any reliability issues (same goes for Alpine). But as already pointed out above, the idea was to give Toyota fifth free victory and this is what happened. Sad but true.

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Grand for sure but very unlikely to happen. Even in the LMDh formula customer cars will be very very limited and in case of some manufacturers not available at all.
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IMO the BoP was pants.

A fair BoP (as in Balance Of Performance) should give all cars the same chance at success.
Regardless if they are a big constructor (Toyota), a small constructor (Glickenhaus) or an old grandfathered car (Alpine)
I *do* include Alpine. It races under the same regulations as the other 2. If it shouldn't be allowed to win, then just exclude it and don't let it compete at all.
Maybe that would have been the better option but since it is there, the same chance at success should apply.

The way ACO handled the bop for alpine was tragicomic... same power of test, a first increase of power, then another cut of power. Everything in few sessions.
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