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I’m sure that the regulations have changed since the ’90s, but the rulebook from that point onward has always outlined what is clearly a flat bottom. The currently published LMP1 regulations mandate an underside that is totally flat, with the excepted areas being the front-most tip, the edges of the side and the rear diffuser, which is allowed a maximum height of merely 200mm. For all intents and purposes, that is a flat bottom.
The cars do not have flat bottoms, Le Mans style prototypes have not had flat bottoms since the Mercedes flew. Dp’s may have been flat bottoms, but lmgtp, lmp1 and lmp2 moved away from flat bottom and have tunnels on the bottoms of the car. Watch the Stephan ortelli crash at (monza?) when it barely went over the top of the Audi. You can clearly see it is not flat bottom.
Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup will drive a Ferrari for Maranello Motorsport in February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The team confirmed Monday the all-star pair will race a Ferrari 488 GT3 supported by McDonald’s. They will also be joined in the squad by a factory Ferrari GT driver.
Lowndes and Whincup represent two of the most accomplished drivers in Australian motorsport, with more than 200 race wins, 9 championships and 10 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victories between them in top-flight Supercars competition.
Lowndes joined Maranello to win the 2014 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, while Whincup will make his Bathurst 12 Hour and GT racing debut at the 2017 event.
Triple Eight Race Engineering will provide support in the form of an engineer and additional staff.
“We’re very pleased to have secured about the best possible combination of drivers you could get together for our 2017 Bathurst campaign,” Maranello Motorsport team principal Mark Coffey said.
“We wanted to be in a position to take advantage of the rules allowing all-professional driver line-ups for the first time and we feel like we have ticked that box.
“Craig and Jamie are two of the best Australian drivers of the last 20 years or more and also have an excellent track record of driving together in major endurance races. We are very pleased to have secured both of them and look forward to working with them both.
“Ferrari have an incredible stable of drivers across their GT programs and we are looking forward to working with the factory once again to represent the Prancing Horse brand on the Mountain.
“We have a comprehensive program in place to make sure the drivers and our entire team are ready for the race next February, including making sure Craig and Jamie get plenty of seat time before they get to Bathurst.”
Lowndes, who will seek his seventh Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victory this October, is keen to return to February’s Bathurst enduro in search of a second 12-hour crown.
“I am delighted to have the chance to defend my victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour of two years ago with Ferrari and Maranello again,” he said.
“Jamie and I have enjoyed a lot of success together at Bathurst, so it’ll be great to pair up again, and to have the engineering support of Triple Eight. I can’t wait.”
Six-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup will make his Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour debut next February and is looking forward to his first experience of a GT3 car at Mount Panorama.
The Red Bull Racing driver is a four-time champion of the Bathurst 1000, three of them coming alongside Craig Lowndes in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“The Bathurst 12 hour is an event I’ve been keeping an eye on for a few years now. I’ve been patient waiting for the right opportunity and feel I’ve found it with the Maranello/Triple Eight combination,” Whincup said.
“I’m excited to be teaming up with Craig again after more than six years and also look forward to learning to drive a left-hand drive, high downforce, turbo car fast.”
Wtr car was a Judd, not a Nissan.
DragonSpeed has scored its first European Le Mans Series win in the Four Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, as Nicolas Lapierre overtook Laurens Vanthoor in the closing stages of the race.
Lapierre shared the No. 21 Oreca 05 Nissan with Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman, and had already topped Qualifying and both Free Practice sessions this weekend.
The race saw several major incidents that led to three safety car periods and two Full Course Yellows, for a total of almost an hour.
The running order was turned on its head when the safety car came in for the final time, as frontrunners G-Drive Racing, Thiriet by TDS Racing and SMP Racing all mis-timed their pit stop strategies.
This resulted in the three cars all pitting just as the field went green, losing considerable time and dropping down the order.
While the championship-leading TDS Oreca Nissan was able to climb back up to third by the end, early leaders G-Drive Racing were less fortunate, having to settle for fifth.
This left Lapierre, who did the first and last stint for DragonSpeed in second place, behind GT3 ace Laurens Vanthoor in the Spa-only Team WRT entry.
A problem for the WRT Ligier JS P2 Nissan meant that Vanthoor was lapping more than two seconds slower than Lapierre, who was rapidly closing in.
With a little over 30 minutes on the clock, the Frenchman made the pass for the lead at Les Combes.
This marks the American team’s first series victory, in its maiden year with the Oreca 05 Nissan.
With WRT second and TDS third, Nathanael Berthon and Harry Tincknell completed the top five for Greaves Motorsport and G-Drive Racing, respectively.
An incident for Andrea Pizzitola left the Algarve Pro Racing Ligier Nissan in the gravel trap in the final five minutes. The race ended under Full Course Yellow while the No. 25 car was recovered.
Paul Petit held on his second LMP3 win in succession in the No. 9 Graff Ligier JS P3 Nissan, finishing ahead of the two United Autosports cars.
While Petit, Eric Trouillet and Enzo Guibbert took the race victory, a second-place finish was enough to secure the championship win for Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch.
The No. 2 United Autosports crew won the first three races of the season, at Silverstone, Imola and Red Bull Ring, and have an insurmountable points lead heading into next month’s season finale at Estoril.
Meanwhile, JMW Motorsport drivers Rob Smith, Rory Butcher and Andrea Bertolini extended their points lead in GTE with their third win in a row.
The No. 66 Ferrari F458 Italia benefitted from the final safety car period to take a class lead of over a lap. While their competitors were able to close the gap to an extent, the British squad enjoyed a comfortable lead at the end.
Matteo Cairoli finished second in the No. 88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR, with Matt Griffin’s AF Corse Ferrari in third.
The Four Hours of Spa-Francorchamps has reached its halfway point, and Simon Dolan currently leads the field for G-Drive Racing, following a series of incidents in the opening two hours.
So far, there have been three safety car periods, as well as a six-minute Full Course Yellow.
Dolan took the lead in the second safety car period, with the G-Drive Gibson 015S Nissan on a staggered pit strategy compared to the rest of the LMP2 field.
The second safety car was called after Garry Findlay crashed the Murphy Prototypes car into the barrier on the exit of Bruxelles.
The field went green again just before the two-hour mark, with barrier repairs completed. However, Remy Striebig soon crashed his Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan at the same spot, bringing the safety car out for the third time.
With the field running behind the safety car, Dolan leads with Julien Canal second for Greaves Motorsport. The pole-sitting DragonSpeed car is fourth, while Thiriet by TDS Racing is sixth after leading earlier.
Thomas Laurent leads LMP3 for M.Racing-YMR, but it is the No. 9 Graff Ligier JS P3 Nissan that has led most of the race so far.
Rob Smith and JMW Motorsport are out front in GTE, a class which has had several lead changes in the opening two hours.
Exactly. How teams like Dragonspeed and JMW could be denied in favour of teams like Clearwater and AAI? I know, money, but still very disappointing.
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