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    Toyota agrees to take performance hit for Fuji

    Toyota has agreed to take a performance hit for the first time this season in next weekend's Fuji round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
    The two Toyota TS050 Hybrids will run at an increased minimum weight and will no longer have an advantage on stint length over the privateer LMP1 opposition at the Japanese marque's home race on October 14.

    FIA's endurance committee issued a bulletin outlining the moves states that "these changes were only possible thanks to the agreement of the LMP1H [hybrid] competitor".

    The weight of the Toyotas has been raised by 26kg to 904kg under the Equivalence of Technology regulations, the mechanism under which the WEC rule makers are attempting to balance hybrid and non-hybrid P1 cars.


    That means that the TS050s will be nearly 100kg heavier than the lightest privateer cars.

    The two-lap refuelling advantage for Toyota originally enshrined in the agreements governing the EoT for the 2018/19 WEC superseason has also been removed.

    The target stint length for the privateers has now been brought up to that of the Toyotas.

    The changes follow Toyota's domination of the Silverstone WEC round in August prior to the exclusion of the TS050s for a technical infringement.

    They finished four laps up on the best of the privateer P1s after six hours of racing, despite changes to the EoT, again agreed by Toyota, following the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

    WEC and series promoter the Automobile Club de l'Ouest made a promise of laptime parity to the privateers in the wake of Porsche's announcement last summer that it was leaving LMP1.

    However, it was originally intended that the hybrid Toyotas would retain an advantage on stint length.
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    LMP1 Privateers Given Fuel Break For Shanghai

    Lap stints equalised - and lift and coast necessity removed?
    8 November 2018, 6:57 PM

    The FIA WEC LMP1 Privateer pack have been dealt a revised Equivalence of Technology for the 6 Hours of Shanghai in 10 days time.

    The changes are designed to address sharp criticism levelled by the Privateer teams at Fuji that their cars were still having to lift and coast on each racing lap to meet the required fuel numbers per lap, and per stint despite two changes in EoT, one before, and one during track action in Japan

    Both values have been increased for the race in China alongside the regular minor changes that are made for each circuit, the latter measure also seeing adjustments for the Toyotas, the base values linked to the lap length at each track.

    Fuel per stint has been adjusted to ensure that the Privateers are able to match the lap stints of the Toyotas.

    Minor changes have been made too to the refuelling rig fuel flow restrictors to equalise fueling times across the Hybrid Toyotas, and the turbocharged and normally aspirated non-Hybrid privateers.

    The latest EoT Bulletin can be viewed below

    http://www.dailysportscar.com/wp-con...I-07112018.pdf

    http://www.dailysportscar.com/2018/1...-shanghai.html
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    LMGTE Pro Drivers on the race ahead in Shanghai

    With the biggest LMGTE Pro field (outside the 24 Hours of Le Mans) ever in an FIA WEC race, the focus in the 6 Hours of Shanghai will well and truly be on the manufacturer entries and their world-class drivers.


    The GTE Pro field will be joined by Corvette Racing in Shanghai

    Who will be successful? It’s too close to call, but here’s what some of the drivers have to say ahead of the race.

    James Calado, AF Corse - No.51 Ferrari 488 GTE: “It’s good to have Corvette Racing there for an extra element of competition. We know their racing reputation, something they’ve shown many times at Le Mans, and it will be exciting to have them in Shanghai. It’s a good track, but not been a great one for Ferrari in previous years in terms of results…up until now. We’re optimistic to get a good outcome, will stay positive and see where we can finish.”

    Oliver Gavin, Corvette Racing - No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: “It’s fantastic to go to Shanghai and compete in the World Endurance Championship. The last time we saw most of those competitors was at Le Mans. We know it’s tight, it’s tough and very competitive so we’re looking forward to it; it’ll be great to see the challenge of the race in China. Whenever Corvette Racing goes anywhere, it’s to win. A victory would be very, very sweet.”


    Harry Tincknell

    Harry Tincknell, Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK - No.67 Ford GT: “We have many good memories from Shanghai as we’re undefeated there. Last year was the toughest win of my career. It was a topsy-turvy race with lots of different tyre strategies going on; Andy had to make some great passes when he had the new tyres and I had to defend for my life, lap after lap, when I had the old tyres. I remember just taking it corner by corner, holding off the Porsche, counting down the laps until I could get on some fresh rubber. It was absolutely exhausting being attacked from all sides but that made it even sweeter when we took the win. We’re going for the threepeat this year!”

    Nicky Catsburg, BMW Team MTEK - No.81 BMW M8 GTE: “I think it is great that Corvette is joining us in Shanghai - it will make an already ultra-competitive class even more competitive. They just won the IMSA championship in the US and, from what I remember from racing them in the States, it will not be easy to beat them in the WEC. But, we are very much up to the challenge, so bring it on!”


    Gianmaria Bruni.

    Gianmaria Bruni, Porsche GT Team - No.91 Porsche 911 RSR: "This is the last race of the 2018 year before the WEC Super Season continues next March in Sebring, USA. I always like going racing in Shanghai. The circuit is one of the best in the whole world. I'm looking forward to tackling the race with Richard in the Porsche 911 RSR at this special venue. I've always had a lot of positive experiences in China so I'm heading there feeling great."

    Marco S°rensen, Aston Martin Racing - No.95 Aston Martin Vantage: “I think Shanghai is going to be our turn now and it has to be. We are going to push like crazy to be where we need to be. And with Corvette, Aston Martin’s close rivals for so many years, joining the whole race it’s going to be amazing. The GTE class is definitely going to be the class to watch.”
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    Dates announced for WEC Prologue and Rookie Test.

    The first full cross-year FIA WEC season will begin in September 2019 and the dates for two important occasions have today been announced to complement the already-published 2019-2020 calendar.

    The WEC Prologue will be held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2019, this being the first opportunity for all entrants to test new cars, drivers or components in a competitive setting.

    The first race of the season will be the 4 Hours of Silverstone on 1st September, some five weeks later.

    Also announced is the 2018-2019 season Rookie test (art 9.1 of the FIA WEC Sporting Regulations) will held at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 15th December 2019, the day after the 8 Hours of Bahrain, round 4 of the WEC’s 8th season.

    WEC-nominated “Rookie” drivers will be awarded a minimum of 30 laps during the test day, and the five hours of track time is also available to other WEC competitors should they wish to profit from the opportunity to evaluate potential drivers.
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