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Audi Gets Pre-Race BoP Break

Audi R8 LMS GT3 given 10kg weight break ahead of Nürburgring 24 start…

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Audi has been given a pre-race Balance of Performance break ahead of this afternoon’s start of the Nürburgring 24.

The German manufacturer, which struggled in Top 30 Qualifying, has been handed a 10 kg decrease in minimum weight, bringing the Audi R8 LMS GT3 to a base weight of 1300 kg.

Christopher Mies was the highest-placed Audi in Friday’s shootout-style qualifying, with a best lap that was more than three seconds slower than the pole-sitting Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Laurens Vanthoor.

Additionally, concessions have been made to both the BMW M6 GT3, and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003.

The BMW has been given a 10 mbar increase in maximum boost, while the SCG, which runs in the SP-X class, given a weight break and slight power increase.

The only car hit with a potential penalty is the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, which is now mandated to run a ADAC-supplied 33.7 mm (x2) air restrictor, compared to the FIA-spec restrictor that was used in practice and qualifying.

The No. 8 Konrad Motorsport entry, the only GT3-spec Lamborghini in the field, qualified 24th.

The changes have been communicated to teams less than four hours prior to the start of the race, which gets underway at 3:30 p.m. local time.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. db

    May 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

    total bullsh*t, BOP changes should be made between racing events

  2. Bob

    May 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    It would really be cool if the N24, out of all races, let cars run without BoP. Be the only race in the world where we’d get to see true performance.

    Since pretty much every manufacturer tests their performance cars on the Nordschleife anyways, it makes a neat bit of sense.

    Also, I’d say BMW got a better break than Audi. While Porsche really do seem like the ‘chosen one’ this year. F*%#, I hate BoP.

    • JCage

      May 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      SRO (and the car makers) would never allow it. Not only would it be very boring –probably the Merc’s would be in a class of their own, based on always running with by far the smallest air restrictors, but more importantly, it would devalue all other races where BoP is used.

  3. Larry

    May 12, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    “run what you brung”, aka “unlimited spending” has killed many series, such as CanAm and even CamelGT.

    Check your history.

    And if they did let them run whatever they wanted, the “chosen one” would just bring out some turboed 911 and beat everyone up or maybe a 919.

    Again, check your history.

    • Bob

      May 12, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      I never said they should or would get rid of BoP, of course they’re not. Just that it would be cool for once to see what the true pecking order is. And I know racing history when firms start overspending.

      Frankly, so what? A category dies, another takes its place (like GT4 might soon do to GT3). Better than racing that has more to do with corporate lobbying than sport/engineering.

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