graham.reeds wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:42 am
And that is why you get a 1 make series because no private team can spend £250 million a year on costs.
I remember when there were Listers, Vipers, McLarens, Lotuses, Panoz, Marcos, Ferrari, Aston Martins and Corvettes. All run as private or semi-private entries. Then along came Porsche and Mercedes *factory* entries, made homologation specials and killed the opposition.
Even when there were 4 marques in the LMP1 series it was pretty hollow as the Nissan was nowhere near the pace.
Currently there are multiple producers of sports cars which have zero sports pedigree as they have never been raced. Pagani, Keonigsegg, Bugattis and the future Aston Martin are all multi million dollar show ponies. Stick a roll cage in them, add a bit of downforce and prove that they are a sports car. No balance of power.
Toyota will win Le Mans and then wind up the team. The 19/20 season could be the first where there will be no big marques in LMP1 and all being non-hybrid. Then smaller marques may decide to try to steal some cheap glory and then the big marques will return and outspend everyone else so everyone else quits. LMP1 with factory teams does not work.
Whoopie. Then you get a bunch of brand fanbois (because, let's be honest here, endurance racing fans aren't exactly driver centric/loyal and in it for the athleticism
), that justify the "technological superiority" of their favorite car that won in a system closer to the WWE than real competition. Lame.
IMHO, you got engineers competing in stuff like P1, and drivers competing in a spec series like Indycar. If you like tech and the cars themselves, you watch the first, if you like driving as a test of human skill, you watch the second. Everything in-between is a mire of compromises.