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IMSA Long Beach
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:05:39 PM »
Giancarlo Fisichella will be in the IMSA Long Beach race this weekend, with his friend Toni Vilander, in the Risi #62.

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2017, 10:10:58 PM »
Fisico and Toni came 4th in 1st practise today, behind both Porsches (led by the #911 of Patrick Pilet) and the #3 Corvette (Magnussen). This is a reasonably good place to be for this stage of the weekend. Second practise and qualifying are later today.

Before that, Fisico posted a small video on Instagram of himself, Toni and some of his mechanics travelling down the paddock on a tyre trailer.

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 08:58:55 PM »
The race is due to start in about 1 hour. Forza Fisico, Toni e Risi!

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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2017, 09:03:56 PM »
The race is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Fisico and Toni will do at least 40 minutes of it each.

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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2017, 09:07:31 PM »
Risi is one of the teams with the largest pit space. Due to its location behind a team that didn't turn up (the #90 Visit Florida), Risi gets a clear path out of the pits when it does its pit stop.

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2017, 09:09:24 PM »
Formation lap has started. Forza Fisico e Toni!

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2017, 09:11:59 PM »
Toni hit the #22 prototype at Turn 5 has spun! Oh no :( Yellow flag!

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2017, 09:12:43 PM »
Toni had been leading the GTLM category and there is a full-course caution now because the #62 Risi still isn't moving.

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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2017, 09:15:03 PM »
Toni has halfway through his overtaking move on the #22  when he was hit.

Toni has got out of the car. I think Risi is out of the race. Sorry :(

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2017, 09:20:13 PM »
Risi is packing up because even if the #62 Risi had made it back to the pits, the side-swipe it got from the #22 would not have been fixable in a 100-minute race.

The image from Baron Von Clutch shows that Toni was wedged between the #22 prototype it was duelling with on the right, the wall on the left and the #66 Ford it had recently passed immediately behind. You can't do a lot in that situation. Another image from Baron Von Clutch also shows how close we came to having the #3 Corvette join in the crash.

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2017, 09:20:54 PM »
The Risi is still in the way and causing a yellow flag in the area, but I can confirm the #911 Porsche is the new leader of GTLM.

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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2017, 09:24:25 PM »
The Risi is now on a flatbed truck, clearly damaged on the left-front.

In other news, Toni has been checked over by the medics and is declared fine. The #22 that swiped Fisico's car has limped back to the pits and retired. The race is now green-flagged.

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2017, 09:29:31 PM »
The #66 Ford lost a front part of the car. It is suspected it was loosened in the lap 1 incident with Risi and the #22 Tequila Patron. The debris has caused another full-course yellow.

Toni may very well have decided the course of the race for everyone, just because he was trying to race and didn't get given space to do so.

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2017, 09:37:26 PM »
Michelin Alley has provided a Twitpic video of the crash. At this angle, the situation for the #22 prototype is more sympathetic. Toni attempts a bold pass on it on the right-hand side, but doesn't get as much steering lock as he might have liked. So when the #22 turned, it encountered Toni almost immediately, which I don't think was the plan for either of them. I would have thought that the #22 would have seen the Risi, but it doesn't seem that occurred.

The moment the #22 hit Toni, the prototype spun, giving Toni no choice but to push it out of the way. However, it didn't really work out, with Toni ending up wedged between the wall and the (now backwards-facing) prototype. Toni tried to continue, but the car stopped working at that point. GT cars aren't designed for this sort of ploughing.

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Re: IMSA Long Beach
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2017, 09:39:45 PM »
Race control ruled it as a racing incident. That's something at least.