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FIA WEC 2014. Round 3. The 24 Hours of Le Mans. June 14-15.


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#51 Richard T

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 12:29

Also the armco barrier is now about 2 m away from the trees instead of quite close to them, so there is more room for deformation.

 

There was literally no room for deformation there last year. The trees had almost grown into the armco.

I took some photos after the race, just because it was so obvious!

 

Anyway, here are a couple of vids from test-day that has been doing the rounds on other forums  :up:

 

 


Edited by Richard T, 04 June 2014 - 12:29.


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#52 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 21:09

I think I remember reading that there's also a Tecpro barrier installed in front of the tyres and the armco at the spot where Simonsen lost his life (I'm not 100% certain on that, but it rings a bell, Tecpro being the stuff that Maldonado crashed into at Monaco last year after his crash with Chilton where the Tecpro barrier basically wrapped around Maldonado's car)



#53 Imateria

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 21:39

I think the tecpro is only being used at the entry to the Porsche curves along with the tyre barriers being increased from 4 to 6 rows deep. Just tyre barriers at Tertre Rouge, they don't really have the space to put in more than that before it starts encroaching on the track, unless they decide to cut down the Poplar trees.



#54 TF110

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:57

Supposedly big news from the ACO press conference on race day. Return of a team, not sure who.

#55 TomNokoe

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:02

Ferrari :clap:

#56 DracoN

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:55

Ford



#57 Risil

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:23

Smart people are saying Ford (Ferrari and Mclaren will join when the ACO mandate production car silhouettes for the prototypes), but whether that's an EcoBoost LMP, a GTE Mustang or Garage 56 Daytona Prototype, no one's ventured.



#58 Imateria

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:46

Would it be wrong of me to hope for Pescarolo?



#59 JHSingo

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 13:27

BMW's the other name that is refusing to go away.

 

I'd wager that McLaren/Honda is the most likely, on the basis that there are reports such a car has been in the pipeline for a while.



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#60 Victor_RO

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 13:49

Radio Le Mans' previews for each class in the race:

 

 

Even more excited now. Luggage almost packed, flying out tomorrow morning.  :clap:

 

And in other news, Millennium Racing's single entry withdrawn from the race. Down to 55 cars.

 

(This entry was readmitted to the race to replace the Lotus after it withdrew initially, but looks like their backers were on a par with Quantum's investment in EnstoneF1, i.e. only words.)



#61 George Costanza

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 15:09

I can't wait for this year's Le Mans.

 

I hope Porsche wins this...



#62 Richard T

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 20:43

Heard in LMP1 preview

Graham Goodwin indicated that the Garage 56 entry will not disappear and we are likely to hear something "extraordinary" being announced leading up to the race. Exciting :clap:

Oh, and have a great trip Vic! :wave:

Edited by Richard T, 08 June 2014 - 09:31.


#63 TF110

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 22:21

Fords gte project is dead. They were probably betting on gt3 convergence. I hope theres huge news.

#64 EightGear

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 18:57

Dutch 'RTL GP Magazine' just posted this on their Facebook page:

 

'Breaking news.
Fernando Alonso is aanstaande zaterdag in Le Mans om met de startvlag van de 24 Heures te zwaaien. Beetje vreemd, toch?
Niet als je bedenkt dat Ferrari komende week bekend gaat maken dat het vanaf 2016 (en misschien zelfs al volgend jaar vanuit box 56) officieel zal terugkeren naar Le Mans!
Aldus de laatste geruchten (met dank aan John Bosch voor de tip).
Wordt hopelijk vervolgd.'

 

Translated:

Breaking news.

Coming saturday, Fernando Alonso will wave the starting flag for the 24 heures. A litttle bit strange, isn't it?

Not when you think about Ferrari announcing their comeback to Le Mans this weekend, starting in 2016 or maybe even next year already from box 56!
According to the latest rumours (thanks to John Bosch for the tip)
Hopefully to be continued.

 

John Bosch (and the main editor of the magazine, Mark Koense) ran a Ferrari in GT1 back in 2004 at Le Mans.
 


Edited by EightGear, 09 June 2014 - 18:58.


#65 Exb

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 19:04

Dutch 'RTL GP Magazine' just posted this on their Facebook page:
  
Translated:
Breaking news.
Coming saturday, Fernando Alonso will wave the starting flag for the 24 heures.

Well its not really breaking news as I think it was released about a week ago but maybe its connected to Ferrari making a return to Le Mans? - we will see.

 

Looking forward to the announcement at the weekend :) 


Edited by Exb, 09 June 2014 - 19:07.


#66 EightGear

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 21:14

The 'Breaking news' part was about the possible announcement of Ferrari, not about Alonso. :)

Would be great to see Ferrari coming back.

#67 Exb

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 21:34

The 'Breaking news' part was about the possible announcement of Ferrari, not about Alonso. :)
Would be great to see Ferrari coming back.


ahh, OK - fair enough :up: - although it might be a bit early to be 'news' when just speculation. Would be great if it is Ferrari entering an LMP1 car, its a great name that can only add to the series.



#68 Richard T

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 21:52

I would go like 

 

aqwkp1.jpg

 

If it is a G56 from Ferrari.



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 22:23

I would go like 
 aqwkp1.jpg
 If it is a G56 from Ferrari.


Be good though - even if unlikely :)

Edited by Exb, 09 June 2014 - 22:24.


#70 Massa

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:53

There is strong rumor that say Ferrari will announce before the start of the race saturday, a come back in LMP1. The organisator have said an importance announce will be made just before the race.



#71 Richard T

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:02

MY BODY IS READY FOR LE MANS!

 

Le_Mans_2013_Start.jpg

 

Here is all you need http://www.dailysportscar.com/?p=32192



#72 Rinehart

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:16

Supposedly big news from the ACO press conference on race day. Return of a team, not sure who.

My prediction is that WEC is going to boom in popularity over the coming decade.

 

There is already prestigious manufacturer depth in LP1, serious credibility in the manufacturers and garagists through the classes and with rumours of another manufacturer possibly at LP1 level, I think with its far more relevant, challenging, open and cost effective rules, this won't be the end of it - quite the opposite - it becomes increasingly more enticing for new brands. I can well imagine another half a dozen manufacturer entries over the coming years - it seems totally plausible to me that any of the names mentioned - McLaren, Honda, BMW, Ferrari, Ford... could be interested. 

 

I'm super excited about this years 24 and I think its the start of a golden era. 



#73 Rinehart

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:18

I can't wait for this year's Le Mans.

 

I hope Porsche wins this...

My heart says Porsche, but I'm just not sure they have the reliability for a trouble free run. 



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:19

Most of the last week has been saying basically 0-10% chance of rain from today right through until Monday. However, glancing now, most forecasts I'm seeing are indicating anywhere between a 40-80% chance of some rain on Saturday............

 

With regards the announcement, maybe a Ferrari LMP1 return is the reason Alonso will be waving the Tricolour on Saturday afternoon......


Edited by HuddersfieldTerrier1986, 11 June 2014 - 09:21.


#75 Richard T

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:23

I think BMW will be next years G56. 



#76 AlexLangheck

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:36

My prediction is that WEC is going to boom in popularity over the coming decade.

 

There is already prestigious manufacturer depth in LP1, serious credibility in the manufacturers and garagists through the classes and with rumours of another manufacturer possibly at LP1 level, I think with its far more relevant, challenging, open and cost effective rules, this won't be the end of it - quite the opposite - it becomes increasingly more enticing for new brands. I can well imagine another half a dozen manufacturer entries over the coming years - it seems totally plausible to me that any of the names mentioned - McLaren, Honda, BMW, Ferrari, Ford... could be interested. 

 

I'm super excited about this years 24 and I think its the start of a golden era. 

I think you're right - and hope you're right. Especially as other FiA series seem hell bent on destroying themselves.



#77 FerrariV12

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 10:06

That time of year again, another attempt at a 24 hour TV marathon. Didn't quite manage it last year, although at least Sky+ enabled me to watch the entire race in between sleep breaks. Hope to get there in person one day, haven't yet been able to talk any of my mates into it (their knowledge of motorsport probably extends to a bit of F1), at some point I might just say to hell with it and make the trip solo.

 

Smart people are saying Ford (Ferrari and Mclaren will join when the ACO mandate production car silhouettes for the prototypes), but whether that's an EcoBoost LMP, a GTE Mustang or Garage 56 Daytona Prototype, no one's ventured.

 

Wait what?! :eek: has this actually been suggested? Or are you saying that'd be the only way they'd come in in your opinion? Getting nightmares of "Corvette DPs" now  :cry:



#78 Wingcommander

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 14:20

Here we go. Practice just started. Web live timing doesn't seem to work.



#79 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:07

Red flag, huge crash for Loic Duval in the #1 Audi in the Porsche Curves, rear of the car completely gone apparently, been up into the fencing by the sounds of it (I haven't seen it, going on what Radio Le Mans are saying).


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#80 MastaKink

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:07

Woah, that does not look good. 



#81 SpartanChas

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:07

Massive crash for Duval in the 1. Hope he's ok. Car destroyed completely.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:09

That's the most destroyed i've ever seen a racecar. Liz's reaction said it all. Fingers crossed. 



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:10

Holy sh*t - the car is totally wrecked  :(

 

https://twitter.com/...742340636590080



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:10

Just hope Duval is OK, hard to tell from the images on Eurosport if the tub was OK or not, the rest of the car was ripped away.



#85 DracoN

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:10

Oh my god



#86 SpartanChas

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:12

Haven't heard anything about Loic, have they said if he's alright?

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:15

I think WEC will boom, but not in popularity with fans, WECD fans are a special breed and tend to rotate around this rcae and a few others.

 

The manufacturers like it, but only really like Le Mans, not the rest of it. The rest of it is proving ground for Le Mans, ie Sebring, Spa etc.

 

And for the majority of spectators too, no other races are at all interesting, for some reason this race seems to be the only one that matters for thousands of race fans.

 

I am sure WEC will continue to be important to them, but I can't see it rising in popularity for fans simply because it is really not that appealing, the races are too long, you can't see the drivers and frankly, unless you know whats going on, have a radio, its pretty dull!



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:16

No messages as yet Spartan. 

 

Not now, chunder, save the whining for the the bikes will you.


Edited by ApexMouse, 11 June 2014 - 15:22.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:17

An ambulance appeared to be on scene, but for an accident that big that's standard practice I think. 

 

I suspect he is out of the car and in the ambulance. 

 

The barrier appears to have taken a hefty hit. 


Edited by Doughnut King, 11 June 2014 - 15:20.


#90 Sheepmachine

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:20

Wow that's a big wreck. Hope Loic Duval is ok.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:22

It looks like he's out of the car.

E: he must be out, what's left of the car is on the back of a truck now.

Edited by SpartanChas, 11 June 2014 - 15:25.


#92 FerrariV12

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:27

Holy crap, fingers crossed, hopefully the old standard about the more wrecked the car is the more energy has been dissipated holds true.



#93 Doughnut King

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:30

Session might not restart.



#94 ApexMouse

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:30

Practice may not resume due to track damage.



#95 JLF1

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:36

Closest image so far from the Crash, On Twitter, the extraction can be seen. Hope he's okay. 

http://twitter.com/D...3209984/photo/1



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:37

Hope he's ok.  :(



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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:37

Another image https://twitter.com/...7017472/photo/1



#98 Doughnut King

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:41

I wish the Eurosport commentators wouldn't speculate. 



#99 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:42

Duval was talking and going off to the medical centre for precautionary checks.



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#100 SteF1an

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 15:42

@sturmF1

Andre Loitterer obviously texting to a colleague of mine: "@loicduval is so far okay, only pain in his leg..." Let´s hope it´s true..


Edited by SteF1an, 11 June 2014 - 15:45.