It's postponed!

It's postponed!

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vincegail

2,171 posts

110 months

Tuesday 19th May
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Just received an e-mail from the Tourist Office stating (as has mentioned here before) that as of May 15th (why only sending out the mail the 19th) you cannot get a refund on your tickets, only a credit counting towards next year. And that you have to apply for that credit May 28th latest.

So if I don't apply for that credit and keep my tickets for the September event, what will happen if between end of May and half of September the race gets moved again (or cancelled)? I definitely can not make to whatever date they decide to move it to.

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Tuesday 19th May
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The ACO really are in cloud cuckoo land. If the event runs in September it will be behind closed doors, so its refunds all round. Expensive!

But they've had the law changed. The EU usually insist on cash refunds, but now, if you return the tickets, you get a credit note.
Tuesday 19th May
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Blimey guys, this is utterly depressing. However, I do appreciate the updates.

Great Dane

2,376 posts

121 months

Tuesday 19th May
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I think I read somewhere that Gerard Neveau said there would be an update mid-June

wsn03

1,263 posts

56 months

Wednesday 20th May
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First public road race I know of planning to run in September with social distancing- Ireland motorbike race:

https://www.bikesportnews.com/news/news-detail/202...

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Great Dane said:
I think I read somewhere that Gerard Neveau said there would be an update mid-June
They're bound to make some noise with the virtual 24hrs in mid June, but the only recent announcement I can find is
"24 Hours of Le Mans - Discover the credit note process" (n.b. Do it by the end of May)

After that, the next milestones are:
  • Mid July with the end of the ban of large scale events, which they may extend, and may limit numbers/close doors
  • The Tour de France, postponed till the end of August, where the 2 metre social distancing will prove difficult in the Peleton

joema

2,409 posts

134 months

Friday 22nd May
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We've just transferred ours to 2021. I can't see it happening but as I'm classed as vulnerable even if it did happen in September I would not be comfortable going so have opted to transfer.
Miserable about missing my 10th time, especially as its original date is nearing and I'd usually be getting a bit excited by now, but if it does go ahead at least I can watch it. I will be jealous I'm not there though. And September would have been interesting.
Roll on 2021.

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Friday 22nd May
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Todays No 10 (where is Boris?) press conference did imply that the initial panic's over and they're settling down to a very long game. Having said that, vaccines and treatments aren't that far away, so we could be much more comfortable by September, but you'd need a billion doses made by then, and its just not possible. Greece got it right - that virus hates fag smoke smile

Easy_Targa

429 posts

149 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Team Absinthe have voted to skip 2020, if the race goes ahead then it will be the first we have missed since 2006.
Should the pubs be open again come September we may look at having a more modest get together in Wales.

MrC986

2,621 posts

146 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Surely with the latest announcement from the French Government on 14 day isolation is the trigger for the Automobile Club to sadly cancel the event for 2020?

surveyor

14,535 posts

139 months

Saturday 23rd May
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time for it all to change yet.

chasingracecars

1,666 posts

52 months

Saturday 23rd May
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MrC986 said:
Surely with the latest announcement from the French Government on 14 day isolation is the trigger for the Automobile Club to sadly cancel the event for 2020?
Funny thing when I saw this was after I have moved to Ireland we have an open border with France!

andyj007

134 posts

133 months

Sunday 24th May
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everyone to stay at home now.. cant see how anything can take place, cometitors cant even arrive , same for TDF .. thats a wrap for this year then..

Red Firecracker

5,158 posts

182 months

Sunday 24th May
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Motorsport has also been left off the entry exceptions for professional athletes to the US as well, so yet another hurdle.

Saying that though, I can actually see the ACO not cancel until the very very last minute and then blame it on various Governments as Neveu has openly said that the race 'must happen...or small teams will fold'. In the same way as truncated ELMS, MLMC and WEC seasons, in front of empty stands (for ELMS, MLMC and to a lesser extent WEC, that won't be terribly much different unfortunately) and severely reduced extraneous paddock numbers are mooted, they as well won't be cancelled right up to the last minute. The plan is (or at least was) still to run Spa at the end of August, I just don't see how, although yes, it is still 3 months away.

I was working it out before the French announcement became news in the UK (it was announced there a week ago, apparently) and there is no way I can physically go to every race without breaking isolation rules, certainly in France and the UK.

One thing the ACO will need to look at though is the health protocol that SRO have released for running behind closed doors;

https://sportscar365.com/sro/world-challenge-europ...

which includes the scope for consideration of mandatory disinfection of cars between driver stops. That'll be 'interesting'.


FredericRobinson

2,059 posts

187 months

Sunday 24th May
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Cleaning cars between drivers seems totally unnecessary when the drivers are covered in flameproof underwear, racesuits, balaclavas, helmets and gloves. The car looks like the least likely point of contamination of the whole operation to me.

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Sunday 24th May
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This is the health and safety strange way of thinking. What about the poor mechanics, and the marshals/medics when something goes wrong.

Anyway, my wife disinfects her car after I use it biggrin
Tuesday 26th May
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Le Mans 24 Helicopter lap rides. I spotted our group of tents on the 2018 vid but I wasn't there for 2013 or 2015 - I didn't start going until 2016. Enjoy!

2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6iOU2pQw_k

2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM5Ych8i0pc

2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A9vXZJdsuI

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Wednesday 27th May
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I've always wanted to do this, but never quite gotten around to it.

Look, you can see my car, its the sixth white one from the left.



Good picture of Camping Maison Blanche
Wednesday 27th May
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LawrieC said:
I've always wanted to do this, but never quite gotten around to it.

Look, you can see my car, its the sixth white one from the left.



Good picture of Camping Maison Blanche
Last time I looked into a lap in the chopper, I'm sure it was 70 Euros per person.

LawrieC

187 posts

59 months

Wednesday 27th May
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Powerfully Built PSC Director - Outside IR35 said:
Last time I looked into a lap in the chopper, I'm sure it was 70 Euros per person.
That could explain why I'm not so keen! but I see this one was during the race, which is good but needs complications like booking, and a long walk to the helipad