Official Practice yesterday saw plenty of cars showing up to take part in and complete the session. And you have got to ask, why wouldn’t they? Since it is worth 20 shares in the prize pool to do so, and with the current share value each team earned US$ 166 by showing up yesterday. And with the prize pool being split into shares, everyone not showing up is effectively paying the other teams to do laps. That is just how the EEWC prize pool system works. Every time a team takes part or does beneficial activities for themselves, their partners and the series, they gain shares in the prize pool, thus taking home a larger share.
But on to the point …
What did we learn?
In DPi we saw only Denis Eshchenko taking the Unison Racing Cadillac around the Interlagos track. And that was with no shortage of sparks flying absolutely everywhere, indicating that car might have a severe ride height issue. So we will see if the team can solve the problems before qualifying, with both more power and more effective downforce, the car should be faster than the LMP2 cars.
For LMP2 the championship is a three-way battle between Burst eSports, SEM9 Axle and Deuces Motorsport Club. Two of the teams did put cars on track yesterday, and the gap was almost none existent. We have no idea about the race pace of the two cars but noticed both cars’ best times are likely set in short runs with low fuel.
With the current prize pool share value this is the LMP2 podium prize pool for São Paulo 1st $2,873.38, 2nd $2,099.78, 3rd $1,768.23.
On to GTE where the #53 Musto Pescara Porsche is looking to make a huge comeback setting the fastest time. Currently last in the championship, this is looking promising for the Italian team. The second Unison Racing car is not lacking pace as due to issues in the last two races they also find themselves currently near the bottom end of the championship standings.
With the current prize pool share value this is the GTE podium prize pool for São Paulo 1st $2,462.90, 2nd $1,799.81, 3rd $1,515.63.
Championship leaders Volante Racing by Asetek Simsports dominated the timing charts in the hobbyist, beginners and rookie class of GT3. Surely it’s going to raise some eyebrows with race management about why a sponsored factory team is in this class designed for beginners and hobbyists being half a second faster than GlamRacing and a second faster than DSR-Gadgethuset.
With the current prize pool share value this is the GTE podium prize pool for São Paulo 1st $2,052.42, 2nd $1,499.84, 3rd $1,263.02.
If the lap times don’t seem entirely right, you are not wrong. There is an ongoing investigation into why some laps are not recorded in the result, and qualifying tonight is run with a triple redundant timing data recording.
See you tonight for qualifying.