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#101 NJB13

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 14:22

Forgive my ignorance but is it only the 1 McLaren running?


Both McLaren's compete in the main race today but both DNF'd. The commentators did say they have a lot of upgrades coming for the next race.

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#102 hunnylander

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 14:42

Both McLaren's compete in the main race today but both DNF'd. The commentators did say they have a lot of upgrades coming for the next race.

Just like in F1. :lol:

Well, out of the 4 stints of the two races, the first one comforts me a bit for the other 3. That was a great stint by Parente from 8 to 3 in the damp, hard-fighting and overtaking Ferraris and Audis too. That was a great drive, despite the car's lack of good top speed made really hard to overtake with it on this narrow track.

Perfect season start for Audi, double 1-2, well done to them! :up:

#103 nimbus111

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 22:39

suprise dominance by Audi!! well done. :eek:

#104 midgrid

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 23:06

There's a story in this week's Autosport about plans for a major international motor race, quite possibly World GT1, to be held on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria next year...

#105 SonnyViceR

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:11

They couldn't make the Durban street race happen in 2010, plus we all know their habit of changing the calendar 55 times throughout the season, so I don't have the highest confidence...

#106 dank

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:48

Well the Lagos-based circuit is still in the planning stages, so its only a pipe dream at the moment.

Edited by dank, 20 April 2012 - 07:48.


#107 hunnylander

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:09

Wet qualy, now.

http://eurovision.di.../gt1/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/user/gt1world

#108 dank

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:58

Qualifying Race is at 12:45 UK time, yes?

#109 midgrid

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:56

Yes it is: here's the schedule.

I must admit that the Bahrain furore made me forget all about this event! :blush:

#110 midgrid

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:04

"Ren Wei gets it the Wrong Wei!" Another gem from John Watson. :lol:

#111 midgrid

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:29

WRT has really dropped the ball here.

#112 dank

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:52

Top marks to Bartels for fending off Jager towards the end. Great racing throughout the field!

#113 midgrid

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 13:00

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Qualifying Race results. A very exciting conclusion to the race!

#114 Ashitank

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 13:10

Hexis & Mclaren need to sort out the top speed asap , its really hurting them.

#115 Tarzaan

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:31

This FIA GT World championship could be an excellent support race of a real championsip of real GT1 cars, but these GT3 car field is a joke comparing to the former season's field...

#116 dank

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:38

I really don't get why the series gets as much stick as it does. :rolleyes:

Don't like it? Then don't watch it. And certainly don't complain about it etiher.

#117 Tarzaan

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:44

I really don't get why the series gets as much stick as it does. :rolleyes:

Don't like it? Then don't watch it. And certainly don't complain about it etiher.



I watch it from 97...

#118 dank

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:22

Can I have your autograph?

#119 hunnylander

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 15:42

Belgium GT1 Qualifying Race Short Highlights

The Qualifying Race is up in "Watch Again" version too:
http://www.youtube.c...gt1world/videos

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#120 midgrid

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 15:47

In today's issue of Autosport:

- The "GT3+" upgrades will likely be delayed until 2014 on cost grounds.
- The Korean round of this year's championship will likely be cancelled. Ratel is looking for a replacement.

#121 midgrid

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 13:24

The series resumes at the Spanish circuit of Navarra this weekend. Here is the schedule - note the late time of the qualifying race.

#122 dank

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 13:40

Only one Ford GT running again?

And damn it, the evening race clashes with Eurovision... :lol:

#123 MrAerodynamicist

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 18:19

The two McLarens blitzing the field.

#124 Ashitank

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 18:52

The two McLarens blitzing the field.


Hell yeah , amazing race , loved the battles through out the race.

Good Job Maca & Hexis. :up: :clap: :clap:

#125 midgrid

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 14:32

Slovakiaring this weekend! Peter Kox and Maxime Martin will miss the event due to prior commitments in German GT racing; Kox will be replaced by local man Stefan Rosina. The Valmon team is also switching to Aston Martin Vantages this weekend, from the old DBRS9s.

#126 dank

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 13:17

Fifteen-car grid this weekend as Team Russia are not competing for reasons I can't fathom out.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:29

Fifteen-car grid this weekend as Team Russia are not competing for reasons I can't fathom out.



This "new" GT1 championship is a shame. The SRO/Rathel screw it very...

They should keep last years cars and combined them with GT2 or GT3 cars as in the former seasons.

#128 dank

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 16:42

More GT1 bashing, I see... :rolleyes:

Anyway, here's Ortelli's brown trousers moment during qualifying this morning:

Decent enough Qualifying Race, once it got going. Vilander's manoeuvres at the start, to move from fourth to first, were sublime. Equally impressive were Enge and Salaquarda towards the end. All in all, a good race - big grid or not.

#129 EightGear

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 15:43

Thumbs down to autosport claiming Buurman and Dusseldorp are German. They are Dutch.

#130 dank

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 17:19

Just spotted that little gaff as well.

Although, it does only refer to Dusseldorp being German. Saying he finished behind Bartels, not Buurman.

#131 EightGear

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 21:26

Good point. I was just quicky reading trough the report and didn't actually see the race.

#132 midgrid

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 18:08

Ten years on...Tomas Enge has been suspended from racing after failing a post-Navarra drugs test.

#133 Tarzaan

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:47

I read in a hungarion blog that this championship could lost the "World Champhionchip" title.

#134 midgrid

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:02

The Chinese races have been cancelled, and there are still only fifteen entries for this weekend's race at Portimao. I believe that the world championship status could be voided if the series does not travel to enough continents, or fewer than eighteen cars compete in most of the events. In other news, Rosina replaces Enge.

#135 Peat

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:20

This championship will not exist next year. SRO has set a deadline of late August for 10 manufacturers to commit or the series get disbanded. Who the hell would want in on this mess?

#136 Tarzaan

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:08

This championship will not exist next year. SRO has set a deadline of late August for 10 manufacturers to commit or the series get disbanded. Who the hell would want in on this mess?



The SRO only thanks this for themselves.

They could have a decent grid with 15-16 GT1 cars (Nismo, Ford GT40, Lambo LP 670, DBR9's), and a similar GT2 field, but they force Rathel's stupid ideas...

#137 Skellen

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 19:28

What a race that was!
Here are highlits:
http://www.youtube.c...player_embedded

#138 SonnyViceR

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 10:55

This championship will not exist next year. SRO has set a deadline of late August for 10 manufacturers to commit or the series get disbanded. Who the hell would want in on this mess?


Agreed but that deadline is just Ratel's usual public relations crap, last year he wanted to have 9-12 teams signed & paid up by JULY or otherwise he'd cancel the championship... of course it didn't happen

Combined Portimao FIA GT1 (GT3) and FIA GT3 grids had less cars than FIA GT3 alone had last year... what an absolute joke. Cancellation of the Chinese rounds also means that this prestigious "world championship" only has 1-2 non-European races this year

#139 midgrid

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:50

Combined Portimao FIA GT1 (GT3) and FIA GT3 grids had less cars than FIA GT3 alone had last year... what an absolute joke.


Great timing! :lol: Today's Autosport reports that Ratel's latest plan is to merge the GT1 and GT3 fields for the remaining European races. He will present the "rescue plan" to the FIA (which already vetoed the idea pre-season). For the Indian race, the GT1 teams will be encouraged to run three cars. Ratel also wants two more races in Europe to replace the cancelled Chinese trip; one of these will likely be at the Nurburgring, as part of the Blancpain Endurance Series bill, which will result in the Moscow round changing dates.

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#140 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:01

The races at Portimao were very good, the racing was top quality and the commentator was brilliant in my opinion. Who is he?

#141 hunnylander

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:13

The races at Portimao were very good, the racing was top quality and the commentator was brilliant in my opinion. Who is he?

Jack Nicholls

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 20:13

Jack Nicholls


Cheers, hopefully he continues doing a good job and makes some good progress.

#143 dank

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 20:39

He also provides commentary for the Formula 2 Championship and does an equally good job there.

#144 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 20:43

He also provides commentary for the Formula 2 Championship and does an equally good job there.


Does he do it solo for F2 coverage as well?

#145 SonnyViceR

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:48

Finally, the cancellation of the champioship has been confirmed for next year... okay not perhaps officially, but SRO is stepping down and that means 99% chance of killing the final bit of life support this series has left.

Same for Euro GT3 too

#146 alfista

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:01

Finally, the cancellation of the champioship has been confirmed for next year... okay not perhaps officially, but SRO is stepping down and that means 99% chance of killing the final bit of life support this series has left.
Same for Euro GT3 too

Sad thing but then it's better to have horrendous end rather than endless horror.

#147 Tarzaan

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:28

Finally, the cancellation of the champioship has been confirmed for next year... okay not perhaps officially, but SRO is stepping down and that means 99% chance of killing the final bit of life support this series has left.

Same for Euro GT3 too



SRO should thanks this themseves...

:(

I hope sby buy the rights and made a good GT series with a real GT cars (not with this GT cars).

#148 sesku

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:57

why they separate GT1, GT2 and GT3 and have shorter race at first place? I love the old FIA GT Championship more.

#149 Obi Offiah

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 13:11

why they separate GT1, GT2 and GT3 and have shorter race at first place? I love the old FIA GT Championship more.

I think the shortening of the races was to make them more TV friendly.

Edited by Obi Offiah, 29 July 2012 - 02:37.


#150 Tarzaan

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 17:54

Stephane Ratel makes new World GT proposal involving Blancpain and Sprint series for 2013

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/101532