We spent three days at VIR this past weekend to watch the IMSA races; and see the Ford GT in person. As Ford fans, we were somewhat disappointed to see neither the GT350 nor the Ford GT win their respective races. Other than that (and the heat) it was interesting to see the race cars; and watch the crews preparing them. In person, the Ford GT has that V6 sound that just cannot compete with the ground shaking noise of a 7 liter V-8 (Corvette) when racing. However, the whistle of the turbos at low rpms is pretty cool. Maybe they should find some way to amplify that part of the sound! Well, the Corvette has won three (??) straight GTLM races; and from what I witnessed, it was playing with the Ford GT. Every time the Ford GT closed on the Corvette, the Corvette pulled out a significant lead. This happened throughout the race. The second GT started dead last on the field (tire change after qualifying) and ended up fourth after the second Corvette ran off course. It appears to me that the BOP changes have taken the muscle out of the GTs. There was a serious thunderstorm during the Continental Tire race, which probably gave the winning Porsche an advantage over the GT350 on the wet track. The "grid walk" was particularly interesting. Before the green flag, spectators were allowed to walk down the lineup and see the cars up close; and meet the drivers and crew members.
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IMSA Fords At VIR (spoiler alert)
Posted 29 August 2016 - 04:22 PM
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Posted 30 August 2016 - 06:21 AM
Yeah, the BOPs have been interesting this season. And I wish there were a few more cars in the GS Class. Or . . . how about FMC (and partner) bump the GT350s up to GT3 specs . . .
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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:11 AM
Now that corvette has 3 consecutive wins I think if IMSA truly wanted a "balance of power" they'd revisit their changes. I had the same feelings that the corvette could simply pace the field. It didn't even look like they were pushing.
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