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Audi Sport Team Joest 79 50.32%
Toyota Racing 42 26.75%
Porsche 31 19.75%
Rebellion Racing 2 1.27%
OAK Racing 1 0.64%
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Old 17 Dec 2013, 21:32 (Ref:3345191)   #31
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I suspect and hope that Toyota will be the ones to beat on 2014. They were clearly caught napping in 2013, but with limited resources closed the gap and ended the year the fastest.

Also if Toyota are in the mix then there is no chance of any team games between Audi and Porsche.
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Old 17 Dec 2013, 21:48 (Ref:3345194)   #32
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I think the reason Toyota caught up with Audi is that Audi already knew they had it in the bag, and started shifting their resources more towards the development of next year's car, as they have done before. Last year for example! Remember how much better they were in the beginning of this year, while Toyota ruled at the ending of last year?
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Old 17 Dec 2013, 22:23 (Ref:3345210)   #33
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Have to agree with Vince.

I think Toyota will have the car to beat... by the end of 2014.
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 01:05 (Ref:3345258)   #34
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TMG's goal is to win Le Mans, they can't afford to play catchup every season or else they will never get there.

With Porsche now being there too they can't even hope for a freak year a la Peugeot in 2010 to happen to Audi. In oder to win it now, you have to have the outright speed when June comes around.

I don't doubt that TMG learned from this season, the question is will they get the budget to make it happen. They're clearly starting with a disadvantage once again, having by far the smallest amount of time to get their new car ready.
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 01:07 (Ref:3345259)   #35
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I think the reason Toyota caught up with Audi is that Audi already knew they had it in the bag, and started shifting their resources more towards the development of next year's car, as they have done before. Last year for example! Remember how much better they were in the beginning of this year, while Toyota ruled at the ending of last year?
This all may be true, but Toyota personnel were clearly thinking along those same lines. They scratched the #7 for Interlagos and CoTA to focus on development for the new car. Also, I don't think Toyota won just because Audi decided to turn down the wick when they wrapped up the championship in Shanghai. They were running a bit slower at Shanghai in 2012 than in 2013 -- and it's the same exact configuration, same car, same drivers. Perhaps Toyota simply beats Audi at the Tilkedromes?
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 06:35 (Ref:3345324)   #36
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Toyota caught them because they ran a new package and the tracks favored their hybrid. Audi has the hp in the bag, theres nothing to go over about it. You cant just burn more fuel and go faster like Audi did in the Toyota. But they actually went faster and further on a stint over 2012. Not much you can do about the diesel when the rules are already written but ask for help, which was given. This is whats exciting about next year. As far as the car, its been in the works since the rules were written. They aren't missing much when most of the r&d can be done in cologne.
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This all may be true, but Toyota personnel were clearly thinking along those same lines. They scratched the #7 for Interlagos and CoTA to focus on development for the new car.
But the reason for scratching was budget... and despite shifting focus on 2014 like Audi, because of the budget, they're still like inherently disadvantaged.
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 08:26 (Ref:3345354)   #38
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Since McNish's retirement, the third driver seat for the #1 Audi is open. Who's gonna be the third driver for the team?

It's really hard to say which driver should join the team IMO...
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 08:29 (Ref:3345358)   #39
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For anything GTE, it can't be Dumas... he's signed full time with the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1. Unless he pulls a Scott Tucker and drives two cars over the course of one race... not sure what the rules about that are. Nevertheless, I'm sure they can find an adequate replacement for a 3rd driver.

Sorry, I won't accept those "requests", unless you can provide some direct sources. Otherwise, it's just educated guessing. I agree, though - I think we should see a few Japanese drivers with Strakka.
1. Didn't realised that Romain Dumas will be in LMP1 Pnsche, sorry. He was always a GTE-Pro driver for the Porshe team.
2. Anything about Scott Tucker?
3. SUPREME IGNORABILITY IMO! I have absolutely NO IDEA if there's other news for the teams.
4. Collard, Perrodo and Crubilé should stay in the Prospeed team, then let's find out.
5. That's okay with Strakka.
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 09:44 (Ref:3345391)   #40
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I saw one too, just don't have the link right now. Said they were keeping Fisi and the other drivers but may change their lineups
It sounds like the same article I saw too.

Plus with Porsche confirming they're are staying in GT PRO with a factory team, I believe Ferrari would want AF Corse to stay and defend its honor.
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 11:14 (Ref:3345429)   #41
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1. Didn't realised that Romain Dumas will be in LMP1 Pnsche, sorry. He was always a GTE-Pro driver for the Porshe team.
2. Anything about Scott Tucker?
3. SUPREME IGNORABILITY IMO! I have absolutely NO IDEA if there's other news for the teams.
4. Collard, Perrodo and Crubilé should stay in the Prospeed team, then let's find out.
5. That's okay with Strakka.
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 14:51 (Ref:3345512)   #42
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I saw one too, just don't have the link right now. Said they were keeping Fisi and the other drivers but may change their lineups
See second part: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/111742
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http://sportscar365.com/wec/larbre-a...-c7-r-in-2014/

Larbre aiming to run a NEW C7.R in WEC GTE-AM? A new car in AM? So much for the rules.
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“Complications regarding the homologation of Corvette’s new C7.R mean we can’t yet confirm our 2014 plans, but we will go back to the team’s roots in order to create new challenges which we’ll announce as early as January,” team principal Jack Leconte said in a statement.
Maybe a Viper IF the ACO doesn´t honor their request?
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Old 18 Dec 2013, 17:29 (Ref:3345576)   #45
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More than larbre request, I think that is GM who is lobbying ACO to allow the new C7R to take part at WEC in gt-am class. It would be a good move to promote the car in europe, south america and asia.
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