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Frank Bullitt

Le Mans 2015

Porsche 1-2-3 in qualifying but will the boat-fuel Audi's manage to run a quicker overall race in terms of fuel strategy. However, despite being fuelled from the black pump they are still a whole lot more exciting to watch than F1, I've really got to burst my Le Mans bubble at some point and pitch up with a tent.

It would be marvellous to see Porsche triumph, to me Le Mans and Porsche are too intrinsically linked to not hope for a Porsche victory.

This is why I keep Virgin, for my one weekend of Eurosport indulgence - bring on 3pm tomorrow.
Twelfth Monkey

The bit about Nissan's fwd car in this week's Autocar is interesting.  Like you it's something I've not done, but want to at some point.
Nice Guy Eddie

I'm really looking forward to LM this year but don't think Porsche have enough  speed to keep the Audis at bay for 24hrs. The Toyotas look slow but again I'd love them to do something this year.

I think I shall live like a student this weekend and plonk myself in front of the tele and get Dominos on speed dial.
TreVoR

A bunch of TVR guys have gone.  I'm officially jealous!  It's on the list for next year.
Frank Bullitt

When we drove down to our holiday three years ago we met all the Brits, Germans and Dutch on their way home mid morning on the Monday - the number of Trevor's was astounding as were the Corvette's - I think it's just one of those events that if you have a Corvette and live in Europe then you pitch up. Plenty of Porsche and Ferrari too of course.

I'd like spend the whole weekend in front of the TV but it's a busy one doing other stuff so my opportunities won't be too extensive, although Mrs FB knows that when I do get the chance this is the one weekend where I have the right of selection over the TV and she has no veto!
gonnabuildabuggy

TreVoR wrote:
A bunch of TVR guys have gone.  I'm officially jealous!  It's on the list for next year.


I feel a plan coming together...

My "other" forum is empty as everyone is at LM
Nice Guy Eddie

TreVoR wrote:
A bunch of TVR guys have gone.  I'm officially jealous!  It's on the list for next year.


Let me know if they want a Porsche Interloper
Big Blue

Does one TVR member have to remain in the UK so that an official score of how many returned under their own power can be logged?


Sorry. Mischievous.
JohnC

I have friends who get Audi hospitality each year! Lucky beggars.
him

^^^ Well you will buy a BMW!
Martin

Re: Le Mans 2015

Frank Bullitt wrote:
I've really got to burst my Le Mans bubble at some point and pitch up with a tent.

It would be marvellous to see Porsche triumph, to me Le Mans and Porsche are too intrinsically linked to not hope for a Porsche victory..


+1   I'm really keen to go, as is Lindsay, so it's definitely something we'll do in the next couple of years, just need to keep enough holiday back and find a slightly better way of doing it buying a tent and roughing it, without missing out on the atmosphere.
PhilD

I say "next year" every year but it will happen soonish. A friend goes every year and stays outside the circuit (Sarge les le Mans I think) which he says still provides enough of the madness of the event but makes the whole thing a bit more relaxed.
Frank Bullitt

JohnC wrote:
I have friends who get Audi hospitality each year! Lucky beggars.


A guy at my gym gets Porsche hospitality each year although he no longer has his Cayenne - he did suggest that if going then get a camping pitch in the family sector which is quieter - the first year he went (before the Porsche ownership) he was in the normal bit and got pissed off with people riding motorbikes through his tent.
Martin

Something like this might work

http://www.lemansrace.com/le-mans...s/ch%C3%A2teau-executive-camping/

Michelin hospitality is £995 for the weekend (inc food and drink) and the Porsche Club GB have a hospitality package too, but I can't find the price for that.
JohnC

Martin wrote:
, but I can't find the price for that.


If you have to ask the price Sir, then.................................
JohnC

him wrote:
^^^ Well you will buy a BMW!


All I get is an invitation to buy discounted tickets to the BMW Golf at Wentworth! I might travel that distance to play but there is no way I'm travelling just to watch.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Something like this might work

http://www.lemansrace.com/le-mans...s/ch%C3%A2teau-executive-camping/

Michelin hospitality is £995 for the weekend (inc food and drink) and the Porsche Club GB have a hospitality package too, but I can't find the price for that.


whats the normal rule for putting Porsche before something? £ x 2 or £ x 3 ?  
Martin

Pretty much any number they want!
Frank Bullitt

Watching Le Mans (the film) tonight it struck me the dates of the 1970 race it was filmed during are the 13th and 14th June.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Pretty much any number they want!


"They paid 3 times the normal price? Jut because it said Porsche on it? Really?? And they actually went on a waiting list to do so?? Right, next time make it 5 times as expensive..."
TreVoR

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
A bunch of TVR guys have gone.  I'm officially jealous!  It's on the list for next year.


Let me know if they want a Porsche Interloper


I'm sure it won't be a problem.
Martin

PhilD wrote:
Martin wrote:
Pretty much any number they want!


"They paid 3 times the normal price? Jut because it said Porsche on it? Really?? And they actually went on a waiting list to do so?? Right, next time make it 5 times as expensive..."


It's not always the case.  The GT3/RS (possibly the GT4) are the exceptions, as they're worth quite a lot more than Porsche charge for them.
the other ct

For those without Eurosport, Quest (freeview ch37) have a few live programs throughout the 24 hours.
TreVoR

Big crash no 8 Audi.  Amazed how fast they got it repaired and back out.
Martin

TreVoR wrote:
Big crash no 8 Audi.  Amazed how fast they got it repaired and back out.


That was amazing, they didn't even lose a lap did they?
Big Blue

The Porsche concerns seem to be non-materialising.  Currently 1-2 but the 9 Audi on same lap as the 17 Porsche.
Frank Bullitt

Yes, the longevity of the hybrid isn't seemingly an issue at the moment.
PhilD

I don't find Porsche v Audi that exciting. I'm sure it is for the teams themselves but two in house factory teams competing just doesn't do it for me.

What is exciting is seeing the prototypes amongst everything else, they are so small and fast and otherworldly in comparison.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

A bit of a disaster for Toyota though
Scouse

Surprisingly the FWD Nissan struggled.
I can't help but think Ben Bowlby has some rather outlandish ideas and brilliant powers of persuasion.
Eff One

It was certainly the most compelling Le Mans this decade. Nick Tandy is a friend of a friend and I'm a Hulkenberg fan, so naturally had everything crossed for them.

But the LMP1 race for me was defined not by Tandy or Hulkenberg's heroics but by Earl Bamber, whom I'd never heard of before last weekend. Come the graveyard shift, Nick and Nico had between them built a decent lead over the #7 Audi - and it fell to Bamber to hang onto it against Andre Lotterer. In other words, the least experienced member of the nine-strong Porsche line-up being hunted down by the best sportscar driver of his generation.

The battle kept me glued to the hypnotic night footage, text commentary and laptimes, far beyond my planned bedtime as Bamber initially wobbled in the face of the relentless Audi onslaught. Then steadied and fought back. It was compelling, career-defining stuff, and a privilege to witness.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Scouse wrote:

I can't help but think Ben Bowlby has some rather outlandish ideas and brilliant powers of persuasion.

Wasn't Ben Bowlby on a BBC documentary many years ago when he was still a child / young adult as he had an "unusual" brain and was already showing an interest in things mechanical ?

EDIT: A quick google suggests my memory is correct (eek, Aug 5th 1990, "Equinox" but looks like it was Channel 4 not the Beeb), and also unearthed this:
http://www.racecar-engineering.co...ascar/the-secrets-of-laurel-hill/
Sav

Seeing the No 19 Porsche win was a surprise considering the trio’s relative lack of experience in an LMP1 machine, particularly with Bamber and Tandy who don’t have much experience in high-downforce, purpose-built race cars at all. Bamber himself only won the Porsche Supercup title last year, therefore to win Le Mans the year after is an unusual leap, and both achievements in such a short period of time are impressive. I don't recall another Supercup driver achieving such success the year after winning the Supercup title. Heck, Porsche must love Bamber – he t-boned the sister Core Autosport 991 at Daytona and he still got to drive at Le Mans.

Tandy has been a favoured driver by Porsche Motorsport for a while. One would think he would be driving the 919 in upcoming WEC rounds, having won Le Mans, but he will continue driving one of the Core Autosport 991 RSR's in the Tudor Series and continue in P2 for selected WEC races. He drives so well in the Tudor Series that I don’t think Porsche want him giving up that duty yet. In fact such is Tandy’s lack of prototype experience, he drove a few races in an LMP2 machine prior to Le Mans to get more familiar with a prototype – to then win Le Mans was an epic achievement. Different cars and set-ups of course, but he was matching or beating the laptimes of much more experienced P1 drivers during his stints – including the other 919’s.

I hope that Tandy stays in TUSCC just so that the Tandy v Bill Auberlen feud continues – makes for amusing viewing.

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