Unhappy SR1 Teams
”Auto-Hebdo” reported yesterday that the SR1 teams entered
in the FIA SCC have signed a letter asking for a revision of the
equivalence rule between the SR1 cars and the 675s. They say that
what is good for Le Mans is less appropriate for shorter tracks.
"Between Dome, Ascari,
Durango and ourselves, lap times are close," says Henri Pescarolo,
in “Auto-Hebdo”. "But the DBA, with its 675 kg,
has a real advantage."
hasn’t been reading dailysportscar, otherwise
he’d know that the DBA weighed “over 800 kg” (including
ballast) at Donington Park. And a quick look at the fastest laps
from Donington would suggest that lap times are not quite as he
#5 DBA 1:27.194
#2 Dome 1:27.450
#1 Dome 1:27.730
#16 Pescarolo Courage 1:29.416
#21 Ascari 1:29.417
No time available for the Durango (disqualified).
Although qualifying times
do support his argument a little more:
#5 DBA 1:24.632
#2 Dome 1:25.847
#1 Dome 1:26.285
#16 Pescarolo Courage 1:26.308
#21 Ascari 1:26.921
#8 Durango 1:28.659.
Finding the balance between
cars created for different regulations isn’t easy. Comparing
power to weight ratios is only part of the answer, but we would
estimate that the DBA had 0.59 bhp/kg at Donington and the Dome
had 0.57 bhp/kg. However, the DBA has narrower tyres.
The nature of different
circuits is likely to suit different cars, so perhaps Spa will benefit
the more powerful Domes etc., just as Le Mans does. RN Motorsports
is “definitely preparing for Spa,” says Team Manager
Karl Patman. That event will be a real endurance test between the
different FIA SCC entries (with no defined number of pit stops [three],
as in the 150 minute races).
Perhaps it comes down
to whether cars should all be as equal as possible (as in the ISRS
/ SRWC) or whether there should be an advantage in running the most
up to date car / engine combination.
The Goh Audi is likely
to introduce a few more variables into the equation at Spa.