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Title: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Administrator on May 10, 2018, 10:10:49 PM
Fisico will be at the 2018 Le Mans with Francesco Castellani and Thomas Flohr, in the #54 Spirit of Race. They will their scrutineering for the official test session (PDF link) (https://assets.lemans.org/explorer/pdf/courses/2018/24-heures-du-mans/regulations/timetable-scrutineering-test-day-2018.pdf) at 10:15 am on Thursday 1 June.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Administrator on May 18, 2018, 07:06:35 AM
Fisico is on the entry list for Le Mans (http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/final-24h-le-mans-entry-list-confirmed/), which will surprise nobody.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on May 22, 2018, 09:05:38 PM
GTE-Am has had a BoP change for Le Mans. Fisico's Ferrari will be 4 kg lighter than before, but will have less power. That's less of a problem than it sounds because every GTE car has less power for this race.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 03, 2018, 01:36:30 PM
Fisico on the plane before starting the Le Mans test (https://www.instagram.com/p/BjhQVPQA6C1/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=emvscd6ehmkb). It is ongoing, but so far I have not been able to find any results for the #54 Spirit of Race he is driving.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 12, 2018, 06:53:45 AM
Fisico and his friends have finished scrutineering (https://twitter.com/0Angeleyes33/status/1005830200012177408) (though there was one hiccup when there was a bomb alert - for an unattended bag - in one of the tents while Alonso's car was getting scrutineered). Today, there is an autograph session and a driver briefing (https://www.lemans.org/en/news/2018-24-hours-of-le-mans-what-s-happening-on-tuesday-12-june/49406).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 12, 2018, 10:03:36 PM
Good luck trying to find Fisico in this year's grid photo (http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/le-mans-tuesday-notebook-5/). The Ferrari drivers appear to have been put on the second row, behind some rather tall LMP1 drivers. I think Fisico is 4th from the right, but am not 100% sure.

In other news, the old-spec Aston Martin has a 2 kg bigger fuel tank (http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/five-of-six-gte-pro-cars-adjusted-in-le-mans-bop-changes/) for this race. Everyone else in GTE-Am has the same car as in Spa... ...which will make things quite tricky.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 13, 2018, 07:25:27 PM
Fisico and his friends set the second-fastest time in practise and had no problems whatsoever.

Tune in in 1 hour and 35 minutes (9 pm in Britain, 10 pm in France, 11 pm in Finland) for first qualifying coverage. Forza Fisico!

We also have notice of the starting drivers (PDF file)  (https://assets.lemans.org/explorer/pdf/courses/2018/24-heures-du-mans/entry-list-24-heures-du-mans-2018.pdf) (along with a definitive entry list). Fisico will take the start of the Le Mans race, befitting his experience and speed.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 13, 2018, 09:49:21 PM
Fisico is now qualifying. Though he has still found time to go to the gym and train on a stationary cycle with friends (https://twitter.com/OfficialFisico/status/1006861546167898112).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 13, 2018, 10:14:19 PM
After 1 hour, the Spirit of Race is 3rd in class, despite Thomas Flohr (the slowest driver in the line-up) being at the wheel. He has now completed his mandatory night racing laps and has done a very good job.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 13, 2018, 10:43:51 PM
With 20 minutes to go, Frederico Castellaci is doing his night laps and the #54 is 4th in class. It is clear that the aim is to have the attempt on pole done tomorrow night.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Marja on June 15, 2018, 04:15:04 AM
Thanks for the updates! I watched results of Le Mans 24h from motorsport.com site and there Fisico's team was 8th. By your information his team has improved a lot! ;D Best luck for the team and Fisico today!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 12:48:01 PM
The Radio Le Mans pre-race show (click on the "Play" button to the right of the homepage, then click RS1) (http://radiolemans.co) has started. I highly recommend using this to listen: it is free and will have live coverage of the entire race.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 01:40:31 PM
Spotters' Guide (http://www.spotterguides.com/portfolio/18_lm/) by Andy Blackmore is available, so we stand a chance of recognising our favourite cars. Fisico's is the #54, has an orange race number and is otherwise light grey with red speed stripes down the side. It has garage 51, which is near the end of the pit lane and is between the #51 AF Corse GTE-Pro and the #61 Clearwater GTE-Am car.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 01:51:43 PM
Formation lap about to start. Forza Fisico!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 01:53:14 PM
The #4 ByKolles (Dillman) has stalled on the start of the formation lap. It looks like it will start at the back.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 01:54:47 PM
Now the #4 ByKolles has spun. This is already not its day.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:00:33 PM
Race about to start. Fisico looking good on the grid.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:01:33 PM
#10 Dragonspeed and #1 Rebellion have crashed already! The hybrid LMP1 hopes to reel in Toyota are already looking bad :(
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:03:31 PM
After the first half of lap 1, it's the #88 Dempsey, followed by the #86 Gulf... ...and our Fisico in #54 Spirit of Race. Great start!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:08:44 PM
Drops of rain spotted in the pit lane.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:13:20 PM
Fisico is up to 2nd :D He's right behind the #64 Ben Barker (Barker) which is the class leader. Keep it up, Fisico!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:14:48 PM
The #37 Jackie Chan has been leaking fluids and has now been put into the garage for repairs.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:18:41 PM
The #5 Manor LMP1 is limping back to the pits with damage, the #92 Porsche (2nd GTE-Pro) has a non-functional positional lighting rig and Fisico is still 2nd, running slower than the #86 Barker (Barker) ahead and faster than the #88 Dempsey (Cairoli) behind.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:22:12 PM
4 laps done. Fisico is now the same speed as the #86 Barker (Barker) ahead, with the only Am behind them to be faster being the 6th-placed-in-class #95 ASton (Thiim)...

Edit: Just realised the #95 ASton should be quicker as it is a GTE-Pro and has been since 2014. It just happens to be 4 cars behind Fisico right now. Oops!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:26:25 PM
The LMP2 are due to start pitting next lap.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:28:44 PM
Fisico is now leading GTE-Am. Way to go, Fisico!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:33:23 PM
Last lap, Giancarlo was 0.6 seconds faster than the chasing pack. This is really good work :)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:38:35 PM
Fisico still has the #86 Keating (Keating) in hot pursuit, the gap remaining at 0.9 seconds.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:40:39 PM
Most GTE cars are pitting this lap.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:43:38 PM
Fisico does not appear to have pitted yet. This is important because the #86 Barker (Barker) pursuing him has.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:47:18 PM
Update at 0 hours and 45 minutes:

Leader: #8 Toyota (Buemi)
LMP2: #26 G-Drive (Vergne P8)
GTE-Pro: #91 Porsche (Bruni P29)
GTE-Am: #54 Spirit of Race (Fisico P37)

Forza Fisico!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:48:26 PM
Fisico is due to pit this lap, as the regulations require a stop every 13 laps or fewer.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:50:14 PM
The #88 Dempsey has had a problem while pitting from 3rd in GTE-Am. This has been attributed to the mass of GTE-Ams pitting simultaneously. Fisico managed to get a bit of a gap (the length of 2 GTE-Pros) between him and the other Ams, so he wasn't in that mess.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:52:19 PM
Note for reference: Fisico pitted on lap 13, so can now go to lap 26 before pitting again (which will be in around 50 minutes). My live timing is a lap behind, so I am waiting to see how it shook out.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:54:09 PM
The #85 (Bleekemolen P36) has spun from 5th in GTE-Am. He has continued.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 02:57:32 PM
Fisico is down to 2nd after that pitstop; it seems the #86 Barker (Barker) pitting a lap early paid off for the moment. Gap is 9 seconds, they're holding station and there is an Aston Martin (the #97 Aston driven by Adam) in between. That Aston is going 0.1 seconds a lap slower than Fisico.

The #6 Manor (Brundle P7) LMP1 is running slowly.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:06:30 PM
Heavy rain in the pits, as the formerly race-leading #8 Toyota gets a rear aero component.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:09:03 PM
Fisico is still 2nd in GTE-Am, and the gap is up to 10 seconds. The #88 Dempsey (Carioli) is 0.9 seconds behind but losing 0.3 seconds per lap, so probably not that much of a threat at the moment. Come on, Fisico!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:14:49 PM
Fisico seems to be losing a steady 0.5 seconds per lap to the #86 Barker (Barker, lead GTE-Am) at this phase of the race. The gap back to the #88 Dempsey (Carioli, 3rd GTE-Am) is the same as before.

The #10 Dragonspeed (Hanley, P6) LMP1's wheel has fallen off!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:21:01 PM
Fisico is now having to worry about keeping the #88 Dempsey (Carioli P47, 3rd GTE-Am) behind him. They're just 0.4 seconds apart.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:23:12 PM
Meanwhile, an unidentified LMP2 team forgot to withdraw the jacks from its car, leaving it momentarily spinning its wheels in the air.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:26:44 PM
The #86 Barker (Barker, P46, lead GTE-Am) is pitting remarkably early (8 laps, when it managed 12 last time and the class is permitted 13). Fisico takes the class lead, the #88 Dempsey (Carioli) tracking him like a magnet.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:30:48 PM
The #51 AF Corse (Calado P37, 8th GTE-Pro) has picked up a puncture.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:37:53 PM
The #6 Manor/TRSM (Brundle P21, 8th LMP1) has a stop/go penalty for pit exit wheelspin.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:38:52 PM
Fisico, meanwhile, continues to be a steady 0.6 seconds ahead of the chasing #88 Dempsey (Carioli, P44, 2nd GTE-Am). It's lap 24, so expect both to pit in 2 laps.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:44:53 PM
The #86 Barker (Barker P58, last GTE-Am) has crashed into the barrier at the Porsche Curves. The #38 Chan (Tung P14, 8th LMP2) has a puncture. It is unclear if these are related.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:45:51 PM
Fisico is still leading but is due to pit this lap. The #61 Clearwater and one other GTE-Am pitted last lap.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:47:00 PM
Here is a photo of the #86 Keating going towards the wall (https://twitter.com/24hoursoflemans/status/1007997321517453312). It fared better than that time Fisico hit it in practise back in 2012, as it appears the car is still potentially driveable.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:48:18 PM
The back part of the circuit involving Mulsanne, Porsche and Arnage is now in a Slow Zone.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:54:10 PM
Update after 1 hour and 52 minutes:

Leader: #7 Toyota (Conway)
LMP2: #26 G-Drive (Vergne, P7)
GTE-Pro:  #92 Porsche (Vanthoor, P29)
GTE-Am: #54 Spirit of Race (Flohr, P42)

Fisico has handed over the Spirit of Race to Thomas Flohr this lap whilst retaining his lead. A spectacular opening stint. Molto grazie Fisico  8)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 03:59:19 PM
The #64 Corvette (Milner, P57, 17th GTE-Pro) is currently stuck in the pits with a suspension problem. Flohr is currently 58 seconds ahead of the next GTE-Am car (#84 JMW driven by MacNeil), is almost keeping pace with the GTE-Pro Astons between them, and it is difficult to explain. Unless this is the chemistry that Fisico and his colleagues have brought to this Ferrari 488.

Meanwhile, the #44 (Eurasia, Jonsson, P27, 19th LMP2) has been warned about track limits.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:04:57 PM
Flohr is nearly 2 seconds faster than the #84 JMW (MacNeil, P45, 2nd GTE-Am), and given that he's the slowest of the three drivers who drives the #54 Spirit of Race car, this may well be the best stint Thomas has ever done. It's a marvel to see.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:10:09 PM
Gap is down to 40 seconds, and again it's not clear why. The #54 is still over a second a lap faster - I wonder if there's been a quick spin for Flohr?
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:13:21 PM
I've found the explanation... ...I was reading the wrong column. Thomas is 7 seconds a lap slower than the chasing car, which is a problem. At this rate, the cars will meet in 7 laps, the lap before the pit stop is due.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:17:01 PM
The gap is now 32 seconds. It's possible Thomas may be able to hold on until the pit stop. The commentators have also commented that Thomas and Francesco (Castellaci, who's going to have the car next time there's a driver swap) have learned a lot from Fisico.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:19:48 PM
Thomas has logged a 4:40 minute lap! This is bad because the other GTE-Ams have done 4:09s. Where did he lose 31 seconds?
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:23:25 PM
Mystery #2: how did the #77 Dempsey (Andlauer P44) get past the #84 JMW (MacNeil P46)?

Come to think of it... ...probably the same way he just got past Thomas. Our car is now 2nd in class.

Meanwhile the #91 Porsche (Makowiecki P30, 2nd GTE-Pro) has a warning for track limits.

(It's lap 33 now, by the way, so Thomas is not due to pit for another 6 laps. I am worried).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:34:33 PM
Thomas has dropped to 3rd, alas. He is 3 seconds a lap slower than the #88 Dempsey (Roda P47, 4th GTE-Am) and the gap is 15 seconds. It will be very close between them at the pit stop if this continues.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:38:13 PM
Thomas is starting to speed up and is now only 1.8 seconds a lap slower than his pursuers.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:46:25 PM
Thomas is 6 seconds ahead of his pursuer and is due to pit next lap. Damage limitation appears to be succeeding.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:49:08 PM
The #84 JMW (Roda, P47, 4th GTE-Am) has pitted a lap prematurely.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:52:23 PM
The #54 Spirit of Race is in the pits, along with most GTE-Ams.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 04:58:28 PM
Thomas is exiting the pits, and has fallen to 4th. I think he may have taken new tyres.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 05:08:15 PM
Thomas appears to have found his level. He's 2 seconds a lap slower than the 3rd-in-class #88 Dempsey (Roda) ahead and 4 seconds a lap faster than the #80 Ebimotors (Maris, 5th in class) behind.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 05:16:16 PM
There's a #47 Villorba (Nasr, P20, 8th LMP2) crashed on the side of the track. That looked heavy. It's triggered a yellow flag.

Meanwhile, Thomas looks solid in 4th, gaps expanding in both directions. This is now fine; he can't expect to claim back the time he's lost in one go, and keeping it clean for his faster team-mates is perfectly sound strategy.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 05:20:13 PM
Slow Zone initiated at the site of the #47 Villorba crash.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 06:42:46 PM
That was a really badly-timed thunderstorm.

Since it started, there have been 2 safety cars, the second of which is on track now. Francesco Castellaci currently drives the #54 Spirit of Race. He's still 4th.

In case you are wondering, Safety Car #1 was for debris at Mulsanne and #2 is because the #4 ByKolles Racing (Kraihaimer) was demolished in a heavy, heavy crash.

The first 3 cars in GTE-Am are behind different Safety Cars, with Spirit of Race behind the same one as the 3rd-placed car. The 2nd-placed Safety Car is going about 6 seconds a lap faster than the other two.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 06:47:18 PM
Safety Car due in this lap - and the #71 AF Corse has been essayed a 3-minute stop/go penalty for ignoring a red light at the end of the pit lane.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 06:49:49 PM
Everyone seems to be ignoring track limits. I have a bad feeling about this...
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 06:56:16 PM
Francesco is in a stable position, in that he's losing 2 seconds to the car ahead (#56 Project 1, Bergmeister) and pulling away from the car behind by 2 seconds (#98 Aston, Lauda).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:02:25 PM
The weather is dry at Le Mans now.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:04:52 PM
The #90 TF Sport (Yoluc) pits from 7th in GTE-Am, as does the class-leading #77 Dempsey (Campbell).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:06:48 PM
Francesco is up to 3rd in GTE-Am as the pit cycle starts.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:07:49 PM
The #71 AF Corse (Bird, P39, 10th GTE-Pro) is in the pits for damage checks.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:12:47 PM
The #54 Spirit of Race has pitted and it looks like it's going to lose a position as not everyone ahead is doing a driver/tyre change. I believe Spirit of Race is...
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:15:38 PM
I misread the board - Castellaci is still in the Spirit of Race. He's 4th in GTE-Am, but he's still ahead of the beleaguered #71 AF Corse (Bird, P50).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:19:26 PM
#98 Aston Martin (Dalla Lana, 5th GTE-Am), #67 Ford (Tincknell, P37, 10th GTE-Pro) and #44 Eurasia (Bertolini, P22 12th LMP2) all get penalties for overtaking under the Safety Car. Note this includes the Aston that is (not very effectively) trying to chase down Francesco.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:28:05 PM
Francesco has now stabilised the gap ahead to the #56 Project 1 (Bergmeister, P44, 3rd GTE-Am) to 10 seconds.

Update at 7 hours and 24 minutes:

LMP1: #8 Toyota (Nakajima)
LMP2: #26 G-Drive (Rusinov P6)
GTE-Pro: #92 Porsche (Estre P28)
GTE-Am: #77 Dempsey (Campbell P42)
#54 Spirit of Race: Castellaci P45, 4th GTE-Am
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:28:56 PM
Black flag warning for #92 Porsche - Kevin Estre, due to constant abuse of track limits. This is significant as he is leading the GTE-Pro. The other two drivers would have to drive the car without his help if Kevin has any more infractions.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:33:23 PM
Meanwhile, Francesco is much more sensible, preferring to take 0.3 seconds off of the now 8.4-second gap to the #56 Project 1 (Bergmeister, P44, 3rd GTE-Am). The #98 Aston behind is taking its stop/go penalty.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:37:21 PM
Francesco is maintaining the steady decrease in gap, gradually working towards catching the car ahead. This may take a while though. Still worth doing.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:39:48 PM
Gap is down to 7.4 seconds. Good work, Francesco.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:41:27 PM
The #10 Dragonspeed just skipped a chicane.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:43:23 PM
Francesco managed to gain 4 seconds last lap and the gap is down to 3.9 seconds. Great work!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:47:15 PM
Francesco took another 0.9 seconds out of the gap, which now stands at 2.7 seconds. This is getting exciting.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:49:23 PM
GTE-Pros are starting to pit.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:53:42 PM
Slow zone in Indianapolis for the #32 United (Montoya, P14, 8th LMP2), which went for a spin.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 07:59:10 PM
#5 Manor/TRSM is headed for the pits again. Meanwhile, Francesco has risen to 3rd due to another car pitting.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:04:24 PM
Slow Zones due to be withdrawn in about 10 seconds.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:07:00 PM
Francesco is now fighting the Project 1 car hard for 2nd in GTE-Am. Good work, Francesco :)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:09:51 PM
It looks like the #8 Toyota may have reversed on its last pitstop - an excludable offence.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:12:41 PM
The #54 Spirit of Race has pitted - and Flohr has been put back into the car. I have a suspicion that Fisico is being reserved more for the night running. I hope that's the reason.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:21:12 PM
Update at 6 hours and 17 minutes:

LMP1: #8 Toyota (Nakajima)
LMP2: #26 G-Drive Racing (Rusinov)
GTE-Pro: #92 Porsche (Christensen, P27)
GTE-Am: #77 Dempsey (Reid, P42)
#54 Spirit of Race: 5th GTE-Am, P47
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:28:03 PM
Unfortunately, Thomas isn't running any faster than last time he was in the car; he is putting in 4:04 laps when the faster drivers around him are setting 3:55 and 3:57. The only other Bronze on track right now is 0.5 seconds a lap slower, but it's not much comfort right now. Fisico is going to have a lot of work to do.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:30:42 PM
Photo of (I think) Thomas Flohr in the Spirit of Race[url]. (https://twitter.com/FerrariRaces/status/1008068195293556736)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:35:03 PM
That was a great lap from Thomas. Yes, it's still 5 seconds slower than the pursuing #85 Keating (Bleekemolen P47, 6th GTE-Am), but he was also 0.3 seconds faster than the #98 Aston Martin (Dalla Lana P46, 4th GTE-Am) ahead... ...and Dalla Lana is a professional Gold-rated driver. Flohr is a Bronze-rated driver, because he's a businessman who pays to race (and in fact is the reason there is a car for Fisico to race) as a hobby.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:43:09 PM
The #94 Porsche has pitted for a broken suspension.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:44:47 PM
Thomas is now going 2 seconds faster than Paul dalla Lana. Granted, he will be in a battle to keep his position before he reaches Paul, but it's still good to see the improvement.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:49:08 PM
Thomas has had a slightly slow lap, while the cars around him went unexpectedly quickly. I am expecting the #85 Keating (Bleekemolen P46, 6th GTE-Am) to meet him next lap.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 08:52:18 PM
The #98 Aston (dalla Lana, P43, 4th GTE-Am) is definitely slower than Thomas now - it's crashed heavily into Tertre Rouge!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:08:23 PM
The #54 Spirit of Race successfully fended off attacks on its 5th in GTE-Am until its pit stop. Awaiting where it exits. I think Thomas Flohr did a better job of this stint than the previous one, which is good to see.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:14:10 PM
The car is now 6th... ...and is still being driven by Thomas. 9 seconds behind the car in 5th place (the #88 Dempsey of Cairoli).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:25:59 PM
Update at 7 hours 21 minutes:

LMP1: #7 Toyota (Kobayashi)
LMP2: #26 G-Drive (Vergne P6)
GTE-Pro: #92 Porsche (Christensen P26)
GTE-Am: #77 Dempsey (Reid P39)
#54 Spirit of Race: 6th GTE-Am (Flohr P45)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:34:42 PM
Thomas has had a spectacularly slow lap, 15 seconds slower than the people around him.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:41:39 PM
I think my live timing has frozen.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:53:06 PM
The #25 Algarve (Aleshin P58, 20th LMP2) is having a gearbox replacement.

Thomas is currently losing 10 seconds a lap as the pace is falling away from him.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 09:55:58 PM
The #88 Dempsey (Cairioli P44) pits from 4th in GTE-Am.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:00:14 PM
The #35 SMP has a puncture, which has caused a slow zone while it limps to the pits and the debris is collected. Thomas remains 6th in class, but is pitting... ...again?
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:00:42 PM
The #17 is in the wall and the #90 has spun too.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:04:16 PM
Track is green again as the #54 Spirit of Race leaves the pits. Please tell me Fisico is in the car - they're about a lap down on the leader in class and this will take a lot of catching...
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:07:42 PM
Repairs have been completed to the #37 Chan (Tan P23, 18th LMP2)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:08:10 PM
Nope. Looks like Flohr is in the car again. I'm not sure what the strategy is here. The #54 Spirit of Race is now 7th, having just been passed by the #80 Ebimotors (Babini P48, 6th GTE-Am).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:10:04 PM
Phew - looks like it was just that the driver was late changing the driver selector.

Said driver is Fisico. Forza Fisico!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:11:44 PM
Spot the super driver. Fisico is already a second a lap faster than everyone else around him, and the car tended to get faster later into the stint when he was at the wheel last time. The gap to the #80 Ebimotors (Babini P48, 6th GTE-Am) is 6.1 seconds.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:14:36 PM
Yellow flag! Not sure why.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:22:54 PM
Fisico is up to 6th due to a pitter, and is now 2 seconds faster than the #80 Ebisports  (Babini P48, 6th GTE-Am) he's chasing.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:26:22 PM
Fisico will be with the 5th-placed #80 Ebisports (Babini, P47, 5th GTE-Am) next lap at this rate.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:31:21 PM
Fisico has just passed the #80 Ebisports for 5th in GTE-Am :D

He is now 2 minutes and 9 seconds behind the next GTE-Am car up the road, the #85 Keating (Bleekemolen P45, 4th GTE-Am) and Fisico is currently a second a lap faster than it. This will take some catching.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:35:53 PM
Update at 8 hours 29 minutes:

LMP1: #7 Toyota (Kobayashi)
LMP2: #26 G-Drive (Vergne P6)
GTE-Pro: #92 Porsche (Vanthoor P26)
GTE-Am: #77 Dempsey (Andlauer P41)
#54 Spirit of Race: 5th GTE-Am (Fisico P47)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:42:35 PM
Just to finish off the race for it, the #17 SMP's engine has exploded (https://twitter.com/mar_B_ond/status/1008100455531077632). By this point it has lost most of its bodywork and only slighty resembles a car. Nice try getting it back to the pits, Mikhael Isaakaya...
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:50:06 PM
While I was distracted by the #17 blowing up, Fisico is up to 3rd in GTE-Am, and is now only around 1 minute and 20 seconds behind the 2nd-in-class #85 Keating (Bleekemolen P45). That's 40 seconds gained in 7 laps.

I realise I'm preaching to the converted here, but: Fisico. Is. Awesome.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 10:57:25 PM
The live timing has just had a funny moment. Fisico may very well have pitted in that because suddenly the gap is up to 3 minutes.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 11:09:44 PM
Fisico is keeping pace with the AF Corse ahead of him, despite said AF Corse (the #71 with Miguel Molina driving) being this year's model and Fisico's being last year's version! Unsurprisingly, he's 6 seconds faster than any of the GTE-Ams ahead of him.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 16, 2018, 11:22:23 PM
The #8 Toyota (Buemi P2) has a 1 minute stop/go penalty for speeding in a Slow Zone.

Fisico is 2.3 seconds faster than his rivals this lap, and is now 40 seconds behind the next GTE-Am car. The #71 AF Corse GTE-Pro between them is now 1 second a lap faster than Fisico.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 07:33:23 AM
After 8 hours, I finally have my computer back working!

Fisico is P38, and 3rd in class. After a hard night's driving, he has got the #54 Spirit of Race back into a podium position :D

He is 3 seconds a lap faster than the #85 Keating (Keating) ahead, and the gap is 1 minute and 27 seconds.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 07:40:13 AM
Watching Fisico putting in these fast times is fun :D He's going at about the same speed in his GTE-Am car as the midfield GTE-Pros (including the latest-spec Ferraris)...
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 07:49:28 AM
I think the #85 Keating (Keating) has pitted, which has elevated Fisico to 2nd in GTE-Am.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 07:54:54 AM
The #70 MR Racing/AF Corse (Eddie Cheever, P48, 10th GTE-Am) has a 70-second stop/go penalty for pitlane speeding.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 08:00:58 AM
Gap to the class-leading #77 Dempsey (Reid) is 3 minutes, but Fisico is currently closing it ay 7 seconds per lap. Even if he won't get there before having to hand the car over, he will at least make a substantial difference to the gap.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 08:07:39 AM
Fisico consistently achieves 3:53.3 times at this phase of the race and it's brilliant to see.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 08:10:54 AM
Fisico has given the #54 Spirit of Race to Thomas Flohr. He was getting faster by the stint earlier; I hope that's continued.

Fisico's in-lap (which included some time at pit-lane entry speed) was still faster than the #77 Dempsey.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 08:16:48 AM
Looks like the latest yellow is not a car issue but a loose drain issue. I thought that was only a thing in single-seaters?
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 08:22:20 AM
The #97 Aston Martin GTE-Pro (Martin, 13th GTE-Pro) is going very slowly and Safety Cars are out. This will help Thomas because nobody can go faster than he can.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 17, 2018, 09:17:51 AM
The #64 Corvette (Gavin, 12th GTE-Pro) is in the garage for repairs.

Meanwhile, the #22 United (di Resta) crashed and has caused slow zones.

Fair warning: I will need to leave the coverage soon and may not be able to give any warning.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Marja on June 17, 2018, 09:53:59 PM
Thanks for the all updating of the race! I agree, Fisico was awesome, also his teammates because they all togetherl were strong team. Cin cin!!
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 18, 2018, 07:48:46 AM
You're very welcome, Marja :D

Fisico came 2nd in the end, and the commentators found time in their praising of Toyota to also acknowledge that Giancarlo "drove his heart out" and that it was good to see him encourage his team to the heights it reached (Porsche were basically faster than everyone in both GTE classes, possibly due to a BoP quirk).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 18, 2018, 03:53:12 PM
Podium photo (https://twitter.com/OfficialFisico/status/1008547660809285632) :D

I did not get to see Fisico's podium "live" because every single broadcaster covering the race in Britain cut away from the podium after the LMP1 awards were given.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Df8UpoaW4AIsl_t.jpg)
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 18, 2018, 07:54:52 PM
As for the fastest 25-lap chart (https://twitter.com/thebpillar/status/1008715112348291072), there are no prizes for guessing who held the fastest consistent average in GTE-Am...

Fisico was on average around 0.25 seconds quicker than the next-quickest driver, Benjamin Barker. This may very well have been Giancarlo's finest Le Mans ever. His 25 best laps were within 2.5 seconds of each other (on a lap that is, for him, an average of about 3:53.7 seconds). The only drivers more consistent than him in GTE-Am were the in car #80 (Christina Neilsen and Fabio Babini), but they were considerably slower (Fabio was the slowest Gold driver and Christina the 9th fastest of 12 Silver drivers - this may have been car-related, as their Bronze driver was also slow).

Francesco Castellaci is the fifth-fastest Silver driver (which is one position higher than he was at Spa, despite there being more Silver drivers at Le Mans). Thomas Flohr was the 6-fastest Bronze driver out of 11 (he was 8th out of 9 at Spa). Both Francesco and Thomas improved considerably - especially Thomas, who was really slow in his first stint but was visibly more rapid every stint he was in the car.
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 20, 2018, 03:18:15 PM
I know you like podium photos and so does Fisico, so here's another one from Fisico's Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/BkPz2oagWIc/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=1kbpuwd812znx).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Alianora La Canta on June 20, 2018, 08:01:36 PM
Francesco, Fisico and Thomas in the parade on Friday (https://twitter.com/FranckBely/status/1009088880455319553).
Title: Re: 2018 24 Heures du Le Mans
Post by: Administrator on July 14, 2018, 09:55:19 AM
There is very little news, because all of Fisico's series are on holiday at the moment, but here is a photo of him (https://twitter.com/lelabrando/status/1017098628626894848). The caption translates as:

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My contribution to #Elders Day. It is Giancarlo Fisichella. Like a fine wine, he gets better with age!