BoP - Hopefully not a game changer in the GTE AM Championship shoot-out?

Monday, November 13, 2017

With only a handful of days left before the start of track proceedings for the final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship, we see that the crew of the #98 Aston Martin racing car will be on the back foot in their quest to secure their first Championship title on Saturday.

Having left China after that convincing win (by over a lap) after their nightmare round that was Fuji and having re-established themselves at the top of the Am leader board, drivers Paul Dalla-Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy will start the 6Hours of Bahrain event with another negative Balance of Performance adjustment that shall see a slower V8 Vantage in the desert.

A 10kg increase in base weight compared to Shanghai of 1198kg to 1208kg and smaller air restrictors (29mm to 29.8mm) will have a massive impact on the cars performance both in acceleration and top end speed as we have seen many times before with the teams two Pro car entries.

At least the #98 squad shall enter the final race with a ten point advantage over the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche with a further point to the #61 Clearwater Ferrari and with another 26 points again being on offer the permutations are endless!

Neither the Porsche nor Ferrari have had a BoP adjustment placed upon them.

We believe that Dalla-Lana was also present at last weeks test at Sebring with the new 2018 V8 Vantage GTE along with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen as the Canadian strives to finalise his plans for 2018

As usual, track action starts this Thursday and Friday for the Free Practice and qualifying sessions with the race itself starting at 16:00hrs GMT

Photo credits - AMR

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