B777LRF wrote:Unfortunately both Ferrari and Ford had managed to get away with severe sandbagging at the pre-quals, where the ACO make last-minute changes to ensure a tight race. Whatever they did, it meant Corvette, Aston Martin and Porsche didn't have a snowballs chance, and I for one will not be surprised if both Ford and Ferrari are made to feel the error of their ways at next years race; the ACO has a long memory and does not take lightly to being 'cheated' off creating a competitive race.
But the drama in LMP1 more than made up for the lack of same in GTE. I'm not a Toyota fan, but on Thursday following the quail I told my mates this would be their year. And it very much was, shuffling position with Porsche all the way through the race. They didn't put a foot wrong, until 180 seconds before the end of the race. Grown men were seen crying in the Toyota pit, and I for one feel very sorry for them. Toyota's demise also meant Audi secured a 3rd place and thus kept their record of being on the podium of every single Le Mans since 1999. But they most certainly didn't deserve it; their car was slow and ugly and the team didn't do anything to help out. Dr. Ulrich was not happy about 3rd place, particularly not when it was won the way it was. There's a lot of honour involved at Le Mans, and Audi did not earn their 3rd place.
Friday evening 'someone' forgot to close the barriers at the Porsche curves. That meant me and 3 mates was able to bicycle all the way from Arnage to Tetre Rouge, including the climb up from the start/finish straight to the Dunlop bridge. Trust you me, that piece of road is way steeper than it appears on TV, or even from the side of the track! It was an epic journey, cutting the curbs at the Porsche curves and Ford Chicane, going under the Dunlop bridge and stopping by the pitwall to have a look at the mechanics doing their thing.
All in all, and apart from the rather atrocious weather, it was another great race. If anyone's going in 2018, we'll see you there!
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