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They finished 4-5-6-7 in class


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They finished 4-5-6-7 in class
yes but they got beat by a Toyota
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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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Between last year and this year, seems the Ford GT's, by a rule change, were carrying less fuel. Meaning more pits stops. Not by a lot, but enough.
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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....

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And now, two Ford GT disqualifications... :-/

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And now, two Ford GT disqualifications... :-/
Saw that this morning .sigh Smoky Yunick action going on
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Seems it is only OK for Ferrari or Porche to win year after year after year.
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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.
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