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Very cool
 

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I watched the last hour. It was pretty cool. Unfortunately this is the last year of Ford-backed Le Mans Racing. There’s a chance a privateer might run one next year, but Ford is out.
 

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Yeah the GTs were beat by the class winning Ferrari and two Porsches in LM GTE Pro. However a privateer GT did win LM GTE Am. The coverage got boring watching the Toyotas streak past everyone. I wish they had focused on the leaders in each class more so that we could see more of the GTs at speed.
 

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Yeah, I watched the start, on and off through the race and the finish. Finally gave up on LM GTE PRO and was cheering when Keating crossed first the GT.

Some of the onboard views were great in daylight but they REALLY set me on the edge of the seat at night, really gave the feel of how fast they were going.
 

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If that's true, I wonder what kind of restraints they will lay on Toyota?
 

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If that's true, I wonder what kind of restraints they will lay on Toyota?
No restrictions needed.

The Toyota were in the LMP1 hybrid prototype class. They don’t compete directly with the GTs.

Four classes of competition in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Four similar classes in IMSA:

WEC has LMP1 - IMSA has Daytona Prototype

WEC and IMSA have LMP2 - less weight, less power

WEC has GTE-Pro -IMSA has GTLM - same cars (Ford GT, Porsche 911 RSR, BMW M8, Corvette C7R, etc). All professional drivers and varying levels of Factory support, but all are considered “factory teams”

WEC has GTE-Am - IMSA has GTD - Pro and AM drivers combined. Similar cars to GTLM in terms of horsepower, just less aerodynamics. A bit higher top speeds, but quite a bit less cornering cornering speed. Supposed to be all customer teams, but that varies a bit and loop holes are found.

All four classes run their own race, but it’s hard to tell from the TV or live feeds....

Hope this helps.
 

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Saw that this morning .sigh Smoky Yunick action going on

The FIA changed the fuel quantity at the track, and they had to do a field mod to get it to that amount.
They were over a very small amount.
Had they been told beforehand, they could have done a proper mod at the shop, had time to test it, and been legal.
The FIA is an incompetent organization only in it for the money.
I'm having flashbacks to Jean-Marie Balestre right now. :smile2:
 

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https://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/keating-responds-to-le-mans-disqualification/

Ben Keating says he will not appeal the FIA’s decision that has led to the disqualification of his GTE-Am class-winning Ford GT from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, having taken responsibility for not leaving enough “margin for error” in the fuel systems.

The No. 85 Ford GT, which was driven to victory by the Texan and co-drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, was found to have exceeded the maximum fuel capacity by 0.1 liter and not meet the minimum refueling time by 0.6 seconds in post-race scrutineering on Monday.

It resulted in the car being excluded from the race, promoting the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR to the class victory.

Speaking to Sportscar365, Keating said he was “100 percent” positive they were at the limit of 96 liters prior to the start of the race.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Keating said. “The only thing we can figure out is if the [fuel] bladder had a wrinkle in it or what, but somehow or another over the 24-hour race, our fuel cell expanded.

“The fact is that we were one-tenth of a liter with too much fuel. If I was the second-place car, I’d be saying a rule is a rule.”

Keating said the second infraction, for not meeting the minimum refueling time of 45 seconds, came down to a miscalculation.

He said the crew tested the refueling rig multiple times pre-race.

“We extrapolated out what we thought would be a full fill load of 45 seconds,” Keating said. “We didn’t get it right and we didn’t leave ourselves enough margin for error.

“In both instances, we just tried to get too close to the sun.

“Keating Motorsports was not trying to gain an unfair advantage. We were racing to the rules and just too close to the limit.

“The fact is that our team performed flawlessly, we had a great race and nothing can take that away from us.”

Keating said the disqualification hasn’t changed his desire of returning to Le Mans in the future.

“I think we have the ability to perform at a level that can win the race again,” he said. “We did not win the race because of an advantage we received from any type of fueling.

“Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, I wish we had put in a half-a-second margin and a half-a-liter margin and everything would have been fine.

“If I had to do it all over again, I would do those things as that race is not won by a half-second on every stop.

“I hope to go back and prove that it wasn’t a fluke.”
 
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