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Old 9 Dec 2009, 16:02 (Ref:2596772)   #31
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In recent years the ACO have had too many meanigless races, devaluing the Le Mans brand.

If the ACO can put together half a dozen races with Le Mans like support and media attention, that can only be a good thing.

As for those races left out in the cold, they have to adapt or close up shop.

With only five to six LMS races, upto half could form part of the LMIC, so on balance the series will be strengthened significantly.

The question is whether the ALMS should follow suit, or can they sustain seven or so races without LMIC status.
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Old 9 Dec 2009, 16:45 (Ref:2596792)   #32
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Strengthened significantly?

Exactly who do we expect to run this, at least for now?

Peugeot, Audi... maybe Oreca with a single car. Anyone else?
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Old 9 Dec 2009, 18:05 (Ref:2596835)   #33
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Peugeot, Audi... maybe Oreca with a single car. Anyone else?
Drayson? Maybe Rebellion? Rebellion did mention considering Petit Le Mans.
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Old 9 Dec 2009, 20:05 (Ref:2596904)   #34
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The question is whether the ALMS should follow suit, or can they sustain seven or so races without LMIC status.
The ALMS can because most races are relatively short, unlike Euro LMS full-endurance calendar. They are more interesting to watch on television.
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Old 9 Dec 2009, 20:17 (Ref:2596917)   #35
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Drayson? Maybe Rebellion? Rebellion did mention considering Petit Le Mans.
Plus perhaps the new privateer Pug team(s), and a few others. The IC shouldn't be short of entries, with the smaller LMS teams its largely the cost of travelling to the US and Asia that will prove difficult.

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Old 9 Dec 2009, 20:24 (Ref:2596923)   #36
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And to maintain presence throughout the season here in the States, the ALMS NEEDS to run more than just half a dozen races a season. After all, we're talking about one country that has roughly the same land area as all of Continental Europe, and that area gets doubled more or less when you add in Canada. And yes, I do realize that most of Canada is considered uninhabitable. Plus, if the LMS was making a real attempt to service Europe across the board, they'd be running 10-12 races too to cover Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe (as nobody seems to think Hungaroring is a good choice for LMS), Holland, and Scandinavia.
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nobody seems to think Hungaroring is a good choice for LMS.
That is because it isn't, atleast IMO. Tight, twisty circuit with little soul and few overtaking opportunities.
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And to maintain presence throughout the season here in the States, the ALMS NEEDS to run more than just half a dozen races a season. After all, we're talking about one country that has roughly the same land area as all of Continental Europe, and that area gets doubled more or less when you add in Canada. And yes, I do realize that most of Canada is considered uninhabitable. Plus, if the LMS was making a real attempt to service Europe across the board, they'd be running 10-12 races too to cover Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe (as nobody seems to think Hungaroring is a good choice for LMS), Holland, and Scandinavia.
Portugal (Algarve) and Spain (Barcelona, Valencia...) are also in Europe
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...few overtaking opportunities.
True for Formula 1. Could it be the same for the LMP/GT?
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True for Formula 1. Could it be the same for the LMP/GT?
Short answer, yes!
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Old 9 Dec 2009, 21:33 (Ref:2596955)   #41
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The press release indeed is confusing - simply because you can read it in both ways - that's a point they still have to clarify or for shure just like in this forum a controversy about the stuff will start...

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The ACO press release is a little confusing as it states:
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Competitors will be obliged to compete in all 3 races to be included in the overall classification. In addition, they must also take part in 5 races run under the Le Mans label (the 24 Hours excepted) to be eligible for the Intercontinental Cup.
This seems to suggest they must participate in 3 + 5 = 8 races?!
Could mean... but if that was the case don't you think it would say "24 Hours and Intercontinental Cup races excepted". Since the Cup races are not actually separate races but part of ALMS, LMS and AsianLMS respectively.
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Short answer, yes!
Richard Westbrook seems to disagree
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if the LMS was making a real attempt to service Europe across the board, they'd be running 10-12 races too to cover Germany, Italy, Eastern Europe (as nobody seems to think Hungaroring is a good choice for LMS), Holland, and Scandinavia.
Portugal (Algarve) and Spain (Barcelona, Valencia...) are also in Europe
Of course they are, LeMans.pt. Purist listed the regions that the series does not visit in 2010.
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Of course they are, LeMans.pt. Purist listed the regions that the series does not visit in 2010.
I was just messing arround...
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