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Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by Furinkazen, Apr 21, 2014.
To all who have been with me for another year, to you all. Been best LM24 on GTP yet for me.
Aaaand Audi wins again thorough superior reliability. This is not surprising. A strong performance for Toyota, which had the pace to win the race but was plagued by bad luck and unreliability. Porsche's performance is disappointing, they lost the race because of mechanical problems two hours from the checkered flag.
Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer deserved the win (even thou, again, there is no undeserving winner at Le Mans), I'm really happy for them, and really happy to see Audi continuing their streak. I usually root for the underdog, but I like Audi's philosophy too much to be a fan of any other team.
LMP1 gave us some thrills, but LMP2 was an all-out war: Zytek vs. Ligier, old vs. new, with the Alpine/Oreca also proving to be a strong competitor. Nissan fans may have been disappointed by the ZEOD's poor performance, but they can rejoice in the fact that a Nissan engine won LMP2. But then again, they're the only engine provider at Le Mans.
The GTE class was also hard-fought. A well-deserved win in the GTE Pro class for Giancarlo "Fisico" Fisichella and AF Corse, and... Am I the only one that got emotional for the AMR's trio of Danish drivers victory in the GTE Am class? No, I'm not crying, it's just a speck of dust that got in my eye...
Heidfeld and Ordonez in the same car? I know who I'm rooting for. How can Nick go from 24h to 24h puzzles me, he must be doing EPO or something like that!
I have to say that was an awesome Le Mans 24, congrats to all the class winners. I thoroughly enjoyed that one.
Yeah the issue is that Ferrari's keep having drivers crash. So let's think about this, there are arguably as many Porsches and we don't see them in nearly as many incidents.
Um no I wasn't, guess you're making true on what I said about you not paying attention. Since @CarBastard told you to relax before I said anything so...I wasn't the first or only. So now you're trying to manufacture a reason other than the reason given, a reason which was due to you going ballistic with emotion on a thread over one (now a few) person and not being specific to what...
Never said you did, what I did say is you made a vague general like statement because your favorite cars were made fun of.
The last part made no sense whatsoever.
There was an HPD and I believe a Judd in P2 to break the Nissan stranglehold. And no, you are not the only emotional one.
To pose the Radio Le Mans question to the 'Planet... Who do you give the Spirit of the Race award to? I think this race is a difficult one. The #1 Audi team for putting their car back together so many times? The WeatherTech Porsche for gutting it out with only two drivers? The #95 Aston Martin for going from the absolute worst result to the absolute best in a year? Who else do you think deserves it?
I would have to say without out a doubt the Audi cars, due to WEC issues which basically had everyone and their sister counting them out of it come Le Mans. The number of issues they had during testing and practice, and then the determination to fix them. Then they go on to have further issues in race, and go above and beyond to fix even those, that to some would seem like major issues that couldn't be fixed in the time Audi did.
The others for me would be Corvette due to similar small issues putting them back and back, and the drive Garcia put on in the stints he took charge (as well as Taylor but not nearly as fast). And the fact it was a brand new car, but they didn't nor did anyone face Audi levels building up to this weekend.
Toyota have built a car for wec, audi have built a car for Le Mans.
Fantastic experience was above the audi and aston pits and when the cars came out of the last corner there was complete silence till the cars crossed the line.
Also when the aston crossed the line a couple of the team members turned round and looked up and seen my simonsen tribute and gave me the thumbs up, easily the story of this years race.
Roll on next year.
Looks like Rene Rast is doing another 24 hour next weekend.
As I and others have been saying, but this ^ right here puts it best. Audi live for Le Mans the WEC is just the icing to them.
Jim Roller of Radio Le Mans. Simple really. As soon as they asked for who to give it to, that was the only name that popped into my head.
Ive been up for way too long, gonna catch a nap. Once again, although I only posted through the first 100 pages before falling asleep its been a pleasure watching with you lot again
See you next weekend for the Nurb!
(Damnit Toyota win next year!)
Great job of Audi. Hurts to say but they did better than the others.
Hopefully next year we will sée a full attack on Audi in Lmp1 with a few other manufacturers.
What a race. Wasn't able to post here because the GTP app on my Tablet was acting up. Good race, crazy start and crazy night time and a very surprising finish (for 3rd of course).
LMP1: Congrats to Audi, I think a lot of people counted them out after the bad luck they had with the first two WEC races as well as coming into the weekend with the huge incidents (the Loic Duval one the most memorable). Good effort on Porsche's return, ballsy to race a engine configuration that as far as I know is not really popular. Shame it ended the way it did. And Toyota, well that podium will have to do once again after all the trouble they experience. Shame really because the 7 was in a class of its own for half race before it struck disaster. This is the first time something terminal took them out as opposed to a collision with another car (2012 comes to mind).
LMP2: Nice win for JOTA. Seemed for a while the podium belonged to the French the way the Alpine and the Ligiers were running. Speaking of which, good effort by the Ligiers. For them to finish on debut in a 24 hour race is a incredible result.
GT-PRO: Good job to the AF Corse Ferraris, they've been there from the beginning and sometimes that's what it takes to win. Good showing for the 73 Corvette to finish on the podium, would've have loved to have seen them fighting for the win In the last hour with the pace they had.
GT-AM: Congrats to The 95 Aston Martin Team, affectionately known by some of you a "The Dane Train". That was thoroughly earned win, I'd like to think Allen Simonsen was smiling on them today.
Enjoyed watching the race with you guys as usual and hope for another thriller in 2015. For now, I will see all you folks next week for that other 24 hour race, which happens to be in Germany
What a crazy race. I wanted Toyota to win but I gotta give it up to Audi, Le Mans truly is there specialty. Also when Porsche took the lead, I went nuts. A lot of crazy lead changes on this race. Now onto next years Le Mans.
I have to admit that Audi did a great job and deserved the win. I was really hoping for Toyota and Porsche though. Also I am not very happy with GTE Pro standings as I am not really a big fan of Ferrari. But Corvette did a great job getting second in class despite a lot of problems. Maybe I should be happy with the GTE results because Toni Vilander was in a winning team (and Astons took the GTE-AM victory) but still I am more Corvette guy. But it was very exciting race after all, and next year willl be even better with Nissan in LMP1 Can't wait!
And now looking for Nurb 24h
Woot scored myself an official results sheet
Frame it and hang it somewhere, I'm so envious right now!
At first I was a bit upset when I tuned in to see an Audi 1-2 and the Porsches far behind... But then I thought, at least this race wasn't dominated by Audi, it was simply luck, speed and reliability that gave them the victory, not outright dominance or no competition. So to Team Audi, it's an impressive streak of Le Mans wins! Hopefully next time though, Toyota can finally fin!
Also, for a safe race, this year there were no massive crashes which is progress, considering previous years.
Audi wins again....im so sick of seeing them win.
Porsche or Toyota might get em' next year. Last year I was sick of it, but personally I'm now amazed at what they're doing. They're now almost equal to Porsche in wins...and they've only been at Le Mans since 1999! Next year will be interesting, as Porsche will be more than determined to defend they're record.
OK, that was the last time I wasn't there. Please give some real info what ticket to buy and so on.
Who's signature, yours or someone elses?
The best team won. The best should be the winner. They may not have better performance, but they are better at making it to the end.
There's an age old saying in endurance racing that goes "to finish first, first you must finish." Audi did just that once more. Not the fastest car, but the most reliable.
I get the feeling, however, that Toyota will pull the plug on their program. That's the 4th different car they've built that showed promise but ultimately failed. They must be absolutely disgusted.
Time Keeper and Race Director.
Working through the pictures, it may take some time....
I dont like Iike it either, but they earned it. Starting with bringing 3 cars while their rivals took a shortcut in bringing just 2 cars.
2015 Le Mans question: Who will win behind the Audis?
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Chasing a TS040