Performance Managing Problem Overtakes the Paddock on Event of 2016 Lemans 24-Hours.
All anyone might honestly discuss while in the paddock at Lemans. On Friday, as squads were performing last-minute checkouts and tweaking ahead of the Thursday, 3:00 p.m. local time start of 84th running of the 24-hour classic, competitors inside the carefully watched and fiercely disputed GTE class were looking forward to one last impression in the organizers on the all-important BoP calculations or stability of operation.
In reality, BoP exploitation is a black art practiced by the French (as well as other sports car sanctioning bodies at distinct races) to their particular rules.
Insinuations instantly flooded the Le Mans paddock the French were falsifying the BoP formulas to recreate the classic Ferrari-vs.-Ford conflict at the expense of Le Mans stalwarts such as Chevy and Porsche.
Porsche’s GT racing honcho, Frank-Steffan Walliser, was upset by the most recent BoP change when asked about it that within an emotional press conference on Friday he choked up. “ we need bop, we don’t want this type of BoP,” he said. “We will fight.” Corvette Racing chief Doug Fehan was said to be pretty apoplectic at the same time, but Feehan and Walliser stated that they’d still race regardless of what.
Nevertheless, Pericak did say the Corvette times were shady,” indicating the Chevy team may have sandbagged a little to make an effort to appear exceptionally injury than reality and hence carry a BoP formula that is advantageous in the ACO.
Where yet another change to the BoP formula was unveiled, all the teams were called into a meeting on Friday afternoon. The Ferrari boost was left unaffected, while the top non-turbo teams, Chevrolet, including Aston Martin, Porsche, all got breaks in their intake restrictor sizes through increases.
The issue: Tomorrow’s at hand race beginning means there’s no time to examine the changes in qualifying sessions or additional training, so the ACO may have accidentally lopsided the results yet giving another an edge or one team. Another huge issue is that no matter who wins -second dickering with the BoP means the results could be forever hung over by the taint of hasty and potentially unjust meddling by the coordinators.
However, a lot can occur over 24 hours, and pit errors, with motorist errors, and the weather being just several of the uncontrollable variables, the BoP may prove to be no variable in the slightest. We’ll understand on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.