Did you watch the two GT races yesterday, the qualifying FIA GT1 race from Brno and the ALMS 6hr race from Laguna Seca? It seems to me there has never been better racing in (more or less) production derived classes, ever.
GT Endurance racing used to be about saving the car, now it's just very long sprint races with cars from BMW, Porsche, Ford, Ferrari, Jaguar, Aston, Maserati, Nissan, GM going flat out for however long they need to or until they break. It amazing.
Add to that, available internet streaming plus for ALMS and LM what has to be some of the best commentary in motorsports via the radiolemans.com crew, and you have a spectacle worth watching.
I wish I could say the same for the top class in ALMS, but if GT classes are living a great moment, the prototype ranks are just too thin to have any kind of relevance. The Le Mans 24 hrs will be better that way with Audi and Peugeots and Lola/Astons going at it but I'm guessing just as many will tune in to see if BMW can beat Porsche and Ferrari.
Production based racing makes a lot of sense for manufacturers, how much is this unintentional but quite significant picture from the Nürburgring 24 hr race worth to BMW in their fight against rival Audi? Priceless I would say.
Make sure you have a look at the main event from the FIA GT1 series today, from Brno in Czech Republic, it is live on the internet right now HERE. Replays from past races are also available (good job FIA!).
When you have a bit of time, enjoy this very cool film on the 2010 Nürburgring 24 hour; "24 Hours in 19500 frames " by Tim and Nick Hahne of Stereoscreen.de, a production company based in Duisburg.
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