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OLD BASING EAGLE
17-06-2016, 09:57 PM
Could not see a thread on the endurance race so thought I'd start one here. Any one watching got thoughts etc. who do you think will win.

fang
17-06-2016, 10:13 PM
Scarfiotti In the P4 Ferrari (sigh)

gnulfz
18-06-2016, 10:32 AM
Who are the favourites this year around? Don't know if I'll watch much thanks to the Euros but probably some during the night.

OLD BASING EAGLE
18-06-2016, 11:40 AM
Audi and Porsche. Race starts at 14:00 uk time. Cyclist Chris Hoy is driving for Nissan nismo team.

917L
18-06-2016, 11:51 AM
Incredible there is no mention of the race in the British press, there are more Brits there than have been at the euros in total!

Porsches race to lose IMO, but they managed that at Silverstone and Spa. Toyota look far more cometetive than last year

Audi will obviously be a stiff challnge but dont deserve to win just because their car is so hideously ugly this year. Its almost as bad as the joke Nissans last year

A shame GTE has been spoiled because of the misapplication of BOP giving the Fords a ridiculous advantage. Not sure if the changes announced yesterday will restore some parity

A shame the factory teams were restricted to 2 cars this year, no idea who that rule is supposed to benefit, it just means 2 less cars that can actually win outright, and deprives us of Nick Tandy in an LMP1 car again

Likely to be rain affected which is likely to help Porsche this year, cant wait, it truly is the worlds greatest motor race

OLD BASING EAGLE
18-06-2016, 07:14 PM
Can't understand how this does not get more coverage on mainstream tv . It's non stop racing with overtakes/lapping going on all the time with the different classifications.

917L
19-06-2016, 03:11 PM
A finish that a Holloywood scriptwriter could only dream of

Incredible and heartbreakling at the same moment

The sheer emotion from the Porsche drivers at the end was incredible

Overall a fantastically close race for the entire 24 hours

Neckinger Eagle
19-06-2016, 07:44 PM
A shame the factory teams were restricted to 2 cars this year, no idea who that rule is supposed to benefit, it just means 2 less cars that can actually win outright, and deprives us of Nick Tandy in an LMP1 car again


I can understand it. The ACO and Sports Car/GT racing in general is going through a boom period right now. For starters, interest and competitiveness in LMP2 has never been higher than right now. Both the ELMS and the Asian LMS have been brought back from the dead. The ACO needs to reward this interest with an entry to Le Mans, otherwise the rich amateur drivers that are generating the finance for this interest will take their money elsewhere.

The Americans need a carrot dangled in front of them too. With the LMP2/DPI regulation changes lined up for 2017 there needs to be signs that if an American centred engine company wants to send their cars over to Le Mans then they can, hence Michael Shank being welcomed with open arms.

Don't forget something needs to be done for LMP1 'Lights' otherwise companies without LMP2/3 homologations from 2017 will have nowhere to go.

Also, let's face it, manufacturer interest in LMP1 can be flaky. OK, Audi have been around for ever, but I suspect Porsche and Toyota will go the same way as Nissan and Peugeot once their objectives have been met. Would Audi and Porsche entered multiple cars anyway after the Volkswagen Group's scandal of the last year?

Lingfield Eagle
19-06-2016, 08:33 PM
I thought it was voluntary, both Porsche and Audi were only running two cars due to the financial issues surrounding the diesel emissions scandal?

OLD BASING EAGLE
20-06-2016, 12:32 PM
did anyone catch the story of Frederick Sausset the quadruple amputee who was competing in the LMP2 the guy is amazing. After scratching himself in the garden he developed an infection, fell ill, went into a coma and woke up with arms amputated below the elbow and legs just above the Knee. They adapted the car for him and it took the place of the space that is allowed for innovative cars. to get around the rule which states all drivers must be able to exit the car in 7 seconds they fitted an ejector seat to it. makes all the whinging F1 drivers look like pussys.

917L
20-06-2016, 12:49 PM
did anyone catch the story of Frederick Sausset the quadruple amputee who was competing in the LMP2 the guy is amazing. After scratching himself in the garden he developed an infection, fell ill, went into a coma and woke up with arms amputated below the elbow and legs just above the Knee. They adapted the car for him and it took the place of the space that is allowed for innovative cars. to get around the rule which states all drivers must be able to exit the car in 7 seconds they fitted an ejector seat to it. makes all the whinging F1 drivers look like pussys.

I think the more amazing thing about Sausset is that he wasnt a racing driver before his ilness, merely a fan like us, but decided he wanted to compete at LM and made that his goal