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Title: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Administrator 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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 (https://www.instagram.com/p/BSlkwxolyf4/) of himself, Toni and some of his mechanics travelling down the paddock on a tyre trailer.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 08:58:55 PM
The race is due to start in about 1 hour. Forza Fisico, Toni e Risi!
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:09:24 PM
Formation lap has started. Forza Fisico e Toni!
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:11:59 PM
Toni hit the #22 prototype at Turn 5 has spun! Oh no :( Yellow flag!
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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 :(
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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 (http://twitter.com/BaronVonClutch/status/850803539622232064) 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 (http://twitter.com/BaronVonClutch/status/850804288624377856) also shows how close we came to having the #3 Corvette join in the crash.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:24:25 PM
The Risi is now on a flatbed truck (http://twitter.com/BaronVonClutch/status/850805677010239488), 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:37:26 PM
Michelin Alley has provided a Twitpic video of the crash (http://twitter.com/MichelinAlley/status/850804388905889792). 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.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:39:45 PM
Race control ruled it as a racing incident. That's something at least.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:47:57 PM
Christian Fittipaldi crashed hard into the wall and caused a full-course yellow. He pitted to change the damaged tyre, then got swiped by a Mercedes on the way out! I think we found the second-unluckiest driver of the race...
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:57:36 PM
Halfway through the race, and the leading GTLMs have been swiping each other, resulting in the #912 having to head back to the pits for a wheel replacement.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 09:58:52 PM
Four cars pitted when the pits were closed - the #28, #5, #48 and #75 - and now have a 1 minute penalty. Here, that's almost a lap.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:00:32 PM
Now the #66 and #911 have hit each other, and the #66 has had its rear wing knocked off by another car. Clearly a lot of people are having a bad day.

Now, there are overtakes under yellow flags as the #911 has blocked the track. This race is a horrible mess.

And Fisico, back in the pitlane, stands completely innocent.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:02:04 PM
Unsurprisingly, there is a yellow flag. We have now had 4 separate yellow flags in 52 minutes (2 of which were caused by the accident that took out Fisico's car).
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:05:30 PM
During the yellow flag, the #28 car is trying to convince the stewards not to make them do the 1-minute penalty they were awarded for pitting in a closed pit. Don't think that's going to work...
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:10:17 PM
The #70 Mazda nearly lost a wheel as it wasn't properly attached. Thankfully an alert official noticed and stopped the car before it could come off in the pits.

The #66 Ford has had its rear wing torn off and replaced.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:16:36 PM
The #911 appears to have been given a penalty for contact against the #66 Ford.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:20:58 PM
Dane Cameron has crashed, triggering the 5th full-course caution due to the wall moving 18 inches. Dane seems to be OK but he's going to ache tomorrow morning :(
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:23:37 PM
Toni has apologised to the Tequila Patron team (http://twitter.com/PatronESM/status/850816592346628096) for the lap 1 crash. He reports that someone else (I suspect the #66 Ford, given such clues as its proximity and the subsequent loss of its bonnet) pushed him into the collision.

Toni has a good heart.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:39:34 PM
Just as the GTLM field had settled down for 5 minutes... ...the class-leading Ford (Tomcyk) lost power and the lead of the GTLM class. I think the #3 Corvette is leading, but for how long? (23 minutes to go).
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:43:40 PM
We have now managed a whole 10 laps without a yellow flag - the most so far this race.
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:46:52 PM
The #24 BMW (Tomcyck) has lightly hit Jordan Taylor. We nearly got another yellow flag there... What a mess!
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:51:26 PM
Two cars crashed on the beginning of the last lap...
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 08, 2017, 10:53:26 PM
The #4 Corvette has won the GTLM class of the IMSA Long Beach race, with the #3 Corvette immediately behind... ...because the #3 got stuck behind a pair of crashed GTD cars.

There's not much to say about this race, except that it's a real pity Fisico and Toni didn't get to do the whole race (or any of it, in Fisico's case).
Title: Re: IMSA Long Beach
Post by: Alianora La Canta on April 09, 2017, 11:28:13 PM
The complete race is now on YouTube (https://twitter.com/IMSA/status/851197802658975744), in the unlikely event that anyone from this forum can look at it without thinking "what might have been..."