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Old 03-27-2017, 12:47 AM   #1
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WEC: 2017 Season News and Discussion Thread

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2017 WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

April 1/2 'Prologue' test, Monza (Italy)
April 16 Silverstone (Great Britain)
May 6 Spa (Belgium)
June 17/18 Le Mans 24 Hours
July 16 Nurburgring (Germany)
September 3 Mexico City (Mexico)
September 16 Austin (USA)
October 15 Fuji (Japan)
November 5 Shanghai (China)
November 18 Sakhir (Bahrain)

Prologue 2017: New Season, New Faces, New Places

Provisional Entry List - Monza Prologue

Provisional Timetable
Saturday 01 April
09:00 – 12:00 Session 1
14:00 - 17:00 Session 2
19:00 – 21:00 Session 3 (night testing)
Sunday 02 April
09:00 – 12:00 Session 4
13:15 – 13:45 Driver Autograph Session
14:00 – 17:00 Session 5
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:19 AM   #3
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Monday at Monza....

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No Audi, no care.

Hope Porsche keeps that livery. Looks much better than the zebra.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:56 PM   #6
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Toyota's due this year.
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Toyota's due this year.
Yeah, what happened at LeMans last year was, well ... simply gut-wrenching....
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Old 03-31-2017, 05:12 PM   #8
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Porsche, Toyota Agree to Freeze Chassis Designs Through 2019

"While Toyota rolled out with a new tub design in 2016 with its all-new TS050 Hybrid, Porsche enters the third year with the same monocoque, which means it will likely complete a five-year run with the same base design."

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Jani Puts Porsche On Top In First WEC Monza Pre-Season Test Session

" Neel Jani went fastest for the German manufacturer with a 1m32.068s, set on his second flying lap two thirds of the way through the first three-hour session of the two-day 'prologue'."

Conway Leads Toyota 1-2 in Saturday Afternoon Session

"Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Mike Conway topped the time sheets in Saturday’s second of three test sessions at Monza, setting the best lap of the weekend in the Prologue pre-season test."


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I'd like to see older factory cars available for customer teams like before. The cars are probably too complicated and expensive these days to make it not feasible.
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Yeah, either that or get another works team involved in the LMP1 class. At present there are only 5 cars running in-class (6 if you count the 3rd TS050 that'll run at LeMans). But with the way things have been set (and agreed upon by Porsche and Toyota), the LMP1 field, I think, will remain pretty lean through 2019.

Meanwhile, there are 10 cars entered in LMP2 (w/Jackie Chan's DC Racing being the new-kids-on-the-block from Asia), 8 cars in LMGT-Pro, and only 5 cars in LMGT-Am.
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Porsche Quickest in Rain-Soaked Night Session

"Defending World Champion Neel Jani managed to reel off a 1:31.666 in the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid to go quickest in the third session, which was declared wet from the onset, and only remained dry in the first five minutes."

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Jani Tops Sunday Morning Test Session at Monza

"Porsche led the way in the penultimate test session at the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue in Monza, with Neel Jani quickest again. The Swiss driver reeled off a best lap of 1:32.020 in the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, edging out the sister No. 2 entry of Brendon Hartley by a mere 0.004 seconds. The five quickest times came from Porsche drivers but none were able to eclipse Mike Conway’s pace-setting 1:31.332 set on Saturday afternoon, prior the yesterday night’s rain-soaked session."




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Lapierre Leads Toyota 1-2 At Prologue

"Toyota Gazoo Racing has ended the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue on top, with Nico Lapierre, in his return to the team, leading a 1-2 for the Japanese manufacturer in the two-day official pre-season test at Monza. The reigning LMP2 World Champion reeled off a best lap of 1:30.547 in his No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid early in the fifth and final test session on Sunday, smashing teammate Mike Conway’s best time by more than seven-tenths, which had been the quickest of the weekend."


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2017 WEC season opens with 6H of Silverstone this coming weekend.

27 Entries Set for 6H Silverstone - Sportscar365

http://www.fiawec.com/wpphpFichiers/...ist_040417.pdf

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Porsche Opts for Low Downforce Aero at Silverstone - Sportscar365

"Porsche has opted for its 919 Hybrids to start the FIA World Endurance Championship season in low downforce configuration, with the German manufacturer confirming Monday that it will utilize its Le Mans-spec aero package for this weekend’s Six Hours of Silverstone."
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Buemi Goes Fastest in Opening Practice at Silverstone - Sportscar365

Sebastien Buemi topped the timesheets in the first 90-minute Free Practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener at Silverstone on Friday. The Toyota Gazoo Racing driver reeled off a 1:40.104 early in the session to put the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid top, before co-drivers Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took turns out on track later. The No. 2 Porsche driven by Brendon Hartley was second overall, 0.781 seconds off the pace, while the No. 7 Toyota was ahead of the No. 1 Porsche, completing the top four.

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http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/toyota-quickest-on-friday-in-silverstone/

"Toyota has topped the time charts on Friday in Silverstone, with the No. 8 car quickest in both Free Practice sessions for Sunday’s opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season. Kazuki Nakajima’s 1:38.210 lap time in the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, set early in the second Free Practice session, stood as the quickest of the day, and a considerable 1.894 seconds faster than teammate Sebastien Buemi’s time in the morning. The No. 7 car made it a 1-2 for Toyota with a 1:38.444 lap time, just two tenths off, followed by both Porsche 919 Hybrids."

"With the two LMP1 manufacturers opting for different aero packages, Sunday’s race could add some excitement. Toyota has opted to run in high-downforce trim, with Porsche in low-downforce. 'We’re taking a different approach but in the end, I think the results we’re trying to achieve is the same,' said Toyota LMP1 debutant Jose-Maria Lopez. 'We’ll see who has the right decision.'"
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Gazoo! http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/toyota-quickest-again-in-fp3/

"The No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid topped every session so far this weekend, although Davidson’s 1:39.476 lap time was still 1.266 seconds slower then Kazuki Nakajima’s time in Free Practice 2 yesterday."
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http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/toyota-sweeps-front-row-for-6h-silverstone/

"Toyota Gazoo Racing has claimed its first pole position in more than two years, with the Japanese manufacturer sweeping the front row for Sunday’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone. [...] The race gets underway Sunday at 12 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) with live coverage on FS1."
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Pipo Derani has jumped into the #67 Ford GTLM for his stint. Let's see what the young Brazilian can do.

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Pipo and his co-drivers win in the GTLM-Pro class!

Ford Takes GTE-Pro Honors


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Zak Brown alluded in Bahrain to the possibility of Alonso taking a TBA seat for LeMans
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Spa coming up. I'm going to get out my copy of GT6 and run a few races to get ready.
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http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/porsche-snags-wec-6h-spa-pole/

"Porsche has claimed a surprise pole for Saturday’s WEC Six Hours of Spa ahead of rival Toyota, which had dominated the Free Practice sessions, but unable to deliver in qualifying for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season."
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That was awesome dude, thanks! I Love driving that course on my F1 games (27" iMac" G27 wheel/pedals). It was interesting to note where he backed off the throttle compared to where I do in Rivage/Pouhon (same places actually).

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Live Stream on YouTube of the 6 Hours of Spa....

Live timing: http://www.fiawec.com/en/live

At present (2.5 hours left) Pipo Derani is in the #67 Ganassi Ford GTLM trying to split the 2 911's in GTE-Pro class!!!



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2017 24 Hours of LeMans - Entry List


Porsche Completes Final Pre-LeMans Endurance Test Sportscar365

"Porsche has completed its final endurance test prior to next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with its 919 Hybrid, in Le Mans configuration, racking up more than 5,000 miles in total at Motorland Aragon, including a 36-hour simulation test."
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Guess not. They shelved it, at least for the time being (2017 season), last Dec.

http://sportscar365.com/lemans/lemans24/wr-calls-off-bio-methane-garage-56-entry-for-2017/

"The French car, which was set to feature a three-cylinder 1.2-liter engine along with a cryogenic fuel tank, first revealed in May, has been called off for 2017 due to budget reasons."
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