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 Post subject: Re: COTA
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:47 pm 
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Following news that WEC is not confirmed for 2017 at COTA, Pirelli World Challenge confirms move from March to Labor Day Weekend for 2017 Austin stop.

Pirelli World Challenge - PWC: Series confirms 2017 schedule, SRO enduro http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/132583-pw ... sro-enduro




Creventic Planning 24-Hour Race at COTA for 2017 - Sportscar365 http://sportscar365.com/gt/24hseries/cr ... -for-2017/

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 Post subject: Re: COTA
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:02 am 
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...and it also looks like Ratel is taking the Intercontinental GT Challenge Event (originally scheduled here at COTA in March 2016) to Laguna Seca in 2017. Bummer.

OBTW, those PWC boys might be in for a surprise on Labor Day weekend. It's a helluva lot hotter here that weekend than it is at the beginning of March (when it can actually be pretty chilly). It's typically at or near 100 degrees, and the hottest day I've ever experienced in Austin, 112 degrees, was in Labor Day a few years ago. COTA's not a place any sane person wants to spend long stretches at in that kind of heat. The hottest race I can remember out there was V8SC, when it was in the low 90s...and it was absolutely brutal.

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Looks like Bruno Mars is set to play Circuit of the Americas during F1 USGP Weekend: https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... tour-dates

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 Post subject: Re: COTA
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My 11 year-old is going to go through the roof when I tell him about Bruno Mars. :lol:
He is not much into motorsport, I don't push it on him (my 7 year-old is another story), but I think as soon as I mention this he's going to beg to go.

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 Post subject: Re: COTA
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:13 pm 
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Grinding them bumps, again. Interesting that it's not in the F1 braking zone, despite claims that the bumps are just caused by F1 cars. Just like much of the grinding last year along the back straight was off-line. Wonder how the MotoGP boys are going to react.

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 Post subject: Re: COTA
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Very interesting, Tim. I think it is the most bumpy in the braking zone for T15, hopefully they can do some smoothing there, looking at Pedrosa last year, his bike and he were all over the place because of the bumps.

I really wish the'yd reduce the asphalt runoff on our track. it is so unnecessary in EVERY corner. Never happen, of course, but here's to wishing.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Cold Gin wrote:
Very interesting, Tim. I think it is the most bumpy in the braking zone for T15, hopefully they can do some smoothing there, looking at Pedrosa last year, his bike and he were all over the place because of the bumps.

I really wish the'yd reduce the asphalt runoff on our track. it is so unnecessary in EVERY corner. Never happen, of course, but here's to wishing.

It's not great there, & those particular bumps can make you understeer or just bounce outside the apex there pretty easily. But it's really pretty bumpy almost everywhere now. The long straights seem the worst to me, esp the back straight, and the esses & T18 are getting worse imho. Coming down from T1 through T2 is no picnic now either. The back end steps out repeatedly on the bumps under hard acceleration down & around T2.

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I'm passing through Austin the same weekend the MotoGP is in town. So I picked up a Sunday general admission ticket. Where's a good spot to hang out for the bikes? Quite often the areas with the best action is different to the cars

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 Post subject: Re: COTA
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:28 pm 
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MotoGP: Track drama ahead in Austin?

https://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/mo ... LQ.twitter

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This weekend’s American Grand Prix could throw a spanner into the works for race organisers as they remain on knife edge to see what sort of situation greets them at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

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It’s an issue that faces road construction in the area as well, with new routes often prepared and then left to stabilise for up to a year before being completed.

To remedy those bumps, circuit staff have attempted to utilise heavy road construction planning equipment in recent weeks to uniformly sand down the track and remove them. However, that’s believed to have exposed the ultra-abrasive under-surface of the asphalt in places, leaving the track potentially highly abrasive on tyres.

Still to be properly assessed by the riders, MotoGP’s safety representatives and sole tyre supplier Michelin, there’s a possibility of extreme solutions like mandatory pit stops being introduced to this weekend’s event if the track is found to be not up to scratch. Any action is unlikely to come until after the opening day of action and the subsequent Friday night safety commission meeting, however.

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