LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck
TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.
It’s their 2nd win of the season.
The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.
So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.
Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.
But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.
Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.
Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.
Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.
TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.
Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.
Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.
Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.
The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with
Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.
GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way
RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.
The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.
In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.
But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.
3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.
The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.
The DTM wants to be more global, not more a european series like it has been for years.
Ok, they raced twice in Shanghai, but this races weren’t really good and the chinese people as we know don’t give attention to motorsport.
So after the the cooperation with the Super-GT for 2014, the ITR and IMSA have decided today to do a cooperation for 2015-with the DTM and the new USCR. The “US-DTM” could be a support series for the USCR, so it will come on TV.
But there are two problems the ITR has to solve. The lack of cars and manufactures maybe?
That shouldn’t be a problem. They have Mercedes, Audi and BMW from the DTM and Lexus, Honda and Nissan from the Super GT.
Cadillac, Dodge-SRT and Lincoln (!) have also interest to involve in the series.
No exciting circuits? I think it will be incredible to see those cars at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca or Road America.
But the problem is the DTM as a series.
If you ever watched a DTM race on TV, you may have noticed that the races are quite boring for Touring car races.
They give a penalty after the other, lack of overtaking (most of the time) and of course no last lap action.
I mean Americans want to see how drivers are fighting hard for positions at the last lap and then to see how they all crash at the last corner and you don’t know who is going to win.
That’s why Nascar is so popular.
The next big problem are the aerodynamics.
Maybe they are interesting for us europeans or asians, but americans don’t give a s**t.
That’s one of the reasons why F1 is not so popular over there and also one of reasons why the LMP1 class didn’t survive for the USCR.
So the target for the ITR and the IMSA has to be, less aerodynamcis, so the drivers can make the difference of winning and losing- not the aeros.
I really hope the DTM cars will look like the cars from the Super GT.
The Super GT has incredible racing in contrast to the DTM and the sounds of the engines are magnificent!!!
The Honda HSV 010 sounds like a F1 car, the cars look brilliant and this series is very popular in Asia.
So ITR take the GTA (The association of the Super GT) as a example and learn from them.
But the ITR is already going in F1 direction with the addition of the option tires and DRS system for 2013.
These are Touring cars, they don’t need that to have great racing (again Super GT as example).
But when the DTM wants to be global, why didn’t they cooperate with the WTCC?
The WTCC will have new regulations anyway, so why didn’t they use it as a opportunity?
Maybe they don’t want to work with the FIA, i don’t know.
So lets wait and see how it will work out.
The name of the mergerd series between the ALMS and the Grand-Am will be the United Sports Car Racing.
The class names will be:
P-Prototype: Daytona Prototype, LMP2 and the Delta Wing
PC-Prototype challenge: LMPC
GT Le Mans: GTE
GT Daytona: GT (from Grand Am)
GTC: Porsche 911 GTC
The calender of the new series will inclued the 24h of Daytona, Sebring 12 Hour, Circuit of the Americas, Watkins Glen, Petit Le Mans and street races like Long Beach, Detroit and Baltimore.
The IMSA has also a new logo.
But entries, fuel, Prototype regualtions will be confirmed through the year.
The WEC goes in 2013 in his 2nd year. They will be still 8 rounds, including the 24h of Le Mans. The WEC will drive in Austin instead of the 12h of Sebring and Silverstone is now the season opener. They will also make ”Super Weekends” with the ELMS (European Le Mans Series) in Silverstone and Spa, ALMS with Austin and the AsLMS (Asian Le Mans Series) in Fuji and Shanghai.
Toyota will only use one TS030 in the entire WEC season (apart from Spa and Le Mans). Audi will still use two R18 Diesel Hybrids and four cars for Le Mans. Audi will even compete the 12h of Sebring, the season opener of the ALMS (American Le Mans Series). Rebillion will only use one Lola B10/60 Toyota, because they use two of them in the ALMS. OAK and JRM didn’t confirm anything to their LMP1 programm and Strakka will also use one HPD ARX-03a. So only 5 cars are in the LMP1 class, maybe more in Spa and Le Mans.
The LMP2 is the class with the most cars. Lotus will use two T128, Gulf and Greaves will also use two cars. OAK will compete with two Morgan Nissans and Signatech Nissan with two Zyteks. ADR-Delta and Pecom will use one car each.
In GTE-Pro are two cars each from AF-Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, Manthey Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage V12. In GTE-Am they could be two Corvette Rcaing ZR1, one IMSA Porsche and maybe one BMW Z4 from Saudi Falcons.
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WEC (World Endurance Championship) Calender 2013:
1. 6H Silverstone 14th April 2013 (Super Weekend ELMS)
2. 6H Spa-Francorchamps 04th May 2013 (Super Weekend ELMS)
3. 24H Le Mans 22nd June 2013
4. 6H Sao Paulo 01st September 2013
5. 6H Austin 22nd September 2013 (Super Weekend ALMS)
6. 6H Fuji 20th Oktober 2013 (Super Weekend AsLMS)
7. 6H Shanghai 10th November 2013 (Super Weekend AsLMS)
8. 6H Bahrain 30th November 2013