There should be some parity, but not by artifical means, which has angered competitors and alienated fans-the last thing sportscar racing needs, as it is growing.
There always was partiy in the R8 days to a huge degree-here's the rules, build what you want, and may the best man and machine win. And it does kinda go against what sportscar racing is all about-all make/models of cars being unique, with their own advantages and disadvantages, and who ever has the best total package should win the most races, and those who aspire to reach the goals should try to advance themselves before pleading poverty in the win column to the sactioning body.
And as for Audi being the only major factory involved in sportscar racing other that Porsche, what can be said? Even when the R8's were run by privateers, Audi Sport still helped pay for part of their expenses, just a John Judd did for Pescarolo, and Lola and AER for Dyson, at least on the development side.
Maybe I'm too far stuck in the Ford vs Ferrari, Porsche vs Ferrari, and group C days. But the point is that even when there's all privateers involved, economic Darwinism takes over.
Look at NASCAR( not to ruffle your's or Mike's feathers, but this is a prime example). None of the teams are factory owned, nor are fully factory backed. However, you have Jack Roush, Rick Hendrick( both of whom were actively involved in sportscar racing in the '80's and 90's), Richard Childress, Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi&Felix Sabbates(spelling?), and Joe Gibbs muscleing out smaller teams with fewer resources( to the degree that none other than Chris Econamaki called modern day NASCAR a charity case). And remember, the cars are built to the same rules anymore to the point that they basically look the same except for the paint scheme, sponsors, and the Ford, Chevy, Dodge, and Toyota emblems on them.
In other words, convince Toyota to stop spending money on that waste of time called F1( I'm sorry if either of you are F1 fans), where they blow I don't know, $2-300 million a year and have little or nothing to show for it, Ford, Chrysler and GM to cut back on their NASCAR programs( the same for Toyota),MB to ditch the McLaren F! team, and come back to sportscar racing, and throw Audi and capable privateers in, there'd be one helluva show every race with out constant fiddling with the friggin' rules!
But alas, that's never gonna happen, atleast soon. Ford and GM can't afford to do much else other than NASCAR, and face reduced TV exposure, MB is hemorraging money to keep Chrysler in the pink. Toyota has screwed themselves so many times at Le Mans that the figure that against Audi/VW around( Or so it seems-I'm just an outside observer, but Toyota was supposed to race at LM in'00 against the then new R8) that they can't score in a brothel, even against the relatively conventional R8, even though they probably have a good shot if everything goes right.
I thought that the ACO trying to promote advanced technology was supposed to encourage manufactures to enter sportscar racing. So far, only Peugoet has thrown their name in the hat, and who know what is to come from this( Peugoet is either really hot a friged cold- at LM in '92 and '93, they were hot, in F1 they were cold, in WRC, they were hot at first, then cold a few years later.) They're either wallowing in Champaign, or seemingly shooting themselves in the head, figuratively speaking.
Maybe a adjustment based equivancy formula is the only way to encourage mfg's back in to sportscar racing, but not the way IMSA did it this year- making adjustments every race, in what some teams( and many fans) considered to be a haphazard way that apparently drew criticism from not just team and fans, but the ACO and FIA, who could very easily suspended support of the ALMS, or fined or sued IMSA.
Hopefully, next years system( only 2 adjustment periods) will work out. Remember, Audi initailly happily agreed to the adjustmets, until it seemingly got out of hand. I want to see close racing, but I think that traditional sportscar racing( and for sure endurance events) just doesn't seem to cater to it from where I sit, and this is from a NASCAR and FIA GT fan, and from me watching ALMS/24 Hours of Le Mans races for years. I'm not trying to say that anyone is 100% right or wrong, but there are better ways of doing things like the competition adustment stuff.
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