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Re: 2018 WEC Shanghai
« Reply #60 on: November 18, 2018, 08:22:53 AM »
Fisico's just had an unexpectedly slow lap - 3 seconds off his usual. Are his tyres fading?

As I type that, the #77 Dempsey Racing has overtaken Fisico, so he's now 3rd in GTE-Am (although if the appeal about the logger's rejected, he's still the provisional race winner).

There is now a yellow flag because the #28 LMP2 TDS car has collided with the #17 LMP2 SMP.

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« Reply #61 on: November 18, 2018, 08:25:49 AM »
Fisico's just had to pit; I think the tyres were no longer able to hold together as the track is drying. I think he is on intermediates now, which should help him fight back a bit, but getting a podium on the track will be very, very difficult...

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Re: 2018 WEC Shanghai
« Reply #62 on: November 18, 2018, 08:30:43 AM »
It's started raining again!

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« Reply #63 on: November 18, 2018, 08:32:37 AM »
Meanwhile, Fisico is on his inters, running at his "correct" speed, three seconds faster than those around him... ...but is 6th in GTE-Am. 25 seconds behind the fifth-placed #70 MR Racing. (If he can get that position in the remaining 28 minutes, he'll be on the podium if the Proton data-logger appeal is rejected).

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« Reply #64 on: November 18, 2018, 08:35:34 AM »
I think Fisico can get the 6th place because he's 3 seconds faster than the #70 TF Sport, the gap is down to 18 seconds, the laps are 2 minutes 17 seconds (giving an expected pass time of about 18 minutes) and there's 25 minutes left of this race.

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Re: 2018 WEC Shanghai
« Reply #65 on: November 18, 2018, 08:38:29 AM »
Fisico was 2.1 seconds faster this lap than his rival ahead.

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« Reply #66 on: November 18, 2018, 08:41:10 AM »
The #17 SMP has given the wall a glancing blow, causing a yellow flag while some brave marshals clean up the mess. Fisico is P6, 16 seconds behind the #70 TF Sport he's chasing, with 19 minutes to go.

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« Reply #67 on: November 18, 2018, 08:44:34 AM »
Safety Car has been issued for clearing up the track. If this is done quickly, then the Safety Car is the best thing that could have happened to Fisico. This is because the 4th and 5th-placed GTE-Am cars will be immediately ahead of him whenever the race restarts, and he's faster than both of them. (The top 3 might not be, depending on whether the Safety Car queues them up or whether they are beyond it by the time the car was deployed).

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« Reply #68 on: November 18, 2018, 08:46:26 AM »
It looks like the 3rd-placed GTE-Am car is behind the Safety Car but the top 2 are not (the Safety Car collects the overall leader, so where other battles are split depends on whether they are in front or behind the point at which it is deployed). Podium on track still possible, everyone!

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« Reply #69 on: November 18, 2018, 08:54:11 AM »
Race has restarted with 7 minutes to go. I think this gives Fisico either 3 or 4 laps to act. He is currently P6.

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« Reply #70 on: November 18, 2018, 08:59:29 AM »
2 minutes to go and Fisico is 5th in class, as rain falls harder and the skies darken. Keep it up and keep safe!

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« Reply #71 on: November 18, 2018, 09:00:17 AM »
The 3rd-placed car has escaped, but 4th place is right in Fisico's sights. This will be the last lap.

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« Reply #72 on: November 18, 2018, 09:04:38 AM »
Aaaaaaand he's done it! Fisico has taken 4th in GTE-Am (on the road) on the very last lap by overtaking the #98 Aston Martin. Excellent salvage job from a very tough race.

(If the Dempsey-Protons win the appeal, he's 4th. If they lose, he's 2nd).

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Re: 2018 WEC Shanghai
« Reply #73 on: November 19, 2018, 07:29:53 AM »
Fastest 10-lap chart from The B Pillar. You won't be surprised to hear that Fisico was the fastest in the GTE-Am class. One Silver driver was faster, but I believe they only sat in the car for the last 40 minutes, when conditions were driest. Fisico sat in the car for two hours.

Significantly, Thomas Flohr' times are considerably more consistent than any other Bronze driver's. (They're also faster, but one Bronze driver - Egidio Perfetti - started their car and therefore has some Safety Car laps to take into account). Considering he was the slowest Bronze driver on the first race of the season, he's improved leaps and bounds. Well done Thomas - and well done Fisico for all the training provided.

Francesco Castellaci does not appear on this chart as the race was such that he only did two green-flag laps.