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    Le Mans 2011

    Well... not a great year for the boys from Stuttgart this year. But I was really fortunate to get an opportunity this year to take myself and my father to France for the race! It was quite an eye-opening experience (I've been to Sebring and Road Atlanta many times). At least the sister company Audi put it to those pesky French lions!

    Anyway, thought you may enjoy some pictures of my favorite 911s...
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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by GatorPhD View Post
    Well... not a great year for the boys from Stuttgart this year. But I was really fortunate to get an opportunity this year to take myself and my father to France for the race! It was quite an eye-opening experience (I've been to Sebring and Road Atlanta many times). At least the sister company Audi put it to those pesky French lions!

    Anyway, thought you may enjoy some pictures of my favorite 911s...
    With Corvette, new Ferrari, and BMW in the mix Porsche is going to have a big challenge to even be anywhere near the podium. Especially Chevy Corvette has always fielded a very well engineered race car , and excellent teams of drivers. The GT3 platform, as it stands at this time, is outclassed and outperformed by the main contenders. Even Though Porsche drivers are amongst the best, its going to be a steep uphill battle for them.

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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    As long as Audi is on top , I don't see VW allowing Porsche to challenge it for the top prototype category. However that also means that they are relegated to compete at the street homologation category (GT), which is fine except they do not have a competitive car. So I'm afraid its all bad news for Porsche and its tradition of racing excellence. I'm afraid its the time for Chevy. to teach everybody a lesson in racing including Porsche. Pity.

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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    Even though it isn't my favored car maker, I have to say I really like those Corvette guys. The drivers and the crew are some of the nicest guys you can meet in the paddock. About a year ago one of my friends and a good friend of Team Corvette passed away shortly before Sebring. The Corvette team put a RIP sticker on the rear of the 3 car in memory of him and this year the chassis number on the 3 car (class winner #73 at Le Mans) spells his name. A great group of guys at Pratt and Miller and all of Team Corvette!

    As for Audi vs Porsche, I agree that I don't think VW is going to let Porsche have a legitimate run in P1 as long as Audi is doing well. Of course as the KERS system matures and ACO continues to push efficiency we could see Porsche eclipse Audi sooner rather than later. Audi has 10 overall victories, Porsche has 16. I have to think the noise will grow louder before Audi has a chance to best Porsche's mark at Le Mans without putting up a fair fight.

    At least next season we will (hopefully) get to see the 918 RSR sometime, hopefully that will start to make Porsche competitive in the GT class (of course the Lizards boys are the defending GT drivers champions for 2009 and 2010 in ALMS).
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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    One thing I don't get is that no matter how many LeMans wins Audi has I just don't draw a correlation between Audi race cars and Audi passenger cars. I just don't see the racing technology trickling down into passenger cars the way it has with Porsche in the past.

    As we saw from the recent 'Ring testing, Chevy is taking lessons learned from the race track and incorporating them into the Corvette. Probably less so into the Cobalt though...

    VW only hurts itself by not allowing its divisions to truly compete with each other as the internal competition would make their overall cars better, but for now they are being outclassed by Chevy, BMW and Ferrari...
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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by GatorPhD View Post
    ... I was really fortunate to get an opportunity this year to take myself and my father to France for the race! It was quite an eye-opening experience (I've been to Sebring and Road Atlanta many times).
    Putting aside the general race discussion, it was fantastic that you got to experience Le Mans. I've been lucky to have gone twice (2005 & 2010) and although I've been to many pro races (including F1s), there's absolutely nothing that compares to the 24 Heures du Mans.

    It should be on every car enthusiast's bucket list. I wish I could go every year
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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    +1 on seeing the 918 RSR next year at Le Mans. I really hope this happens. Probably the only near terms chance of Porsche regaining some Le Mans prestige.

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    Re: Le Mans 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by flatt6 View Post
    +1 on seeing the 918 RSR next year at Le Mans. I really hope this happens. Probably the only near terms chance of Porsche regaining some Le Mans prestige.

    Not going to happen. There is no class at Le Mans for it to race in. They might take it to the 24 hours of the Nurburgring, but Le Mans is a no way.

    997 GT3 RSR will be the only Porsche racing at Le Mans in 2012.

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