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Motorsports: Did the Combined LMP Class Work?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010. On this day the American Le Mans Series enacted the second part of their bold plan to address their problems with small LMP fields. By reducing the air restrictor size of the LMP1s, and enlarging the fuel cell on the LMP2s, the plan was to enable both classes of car to compete in a single, combined LMP class. The plan drew both praise and criticism from fans, but IMSA management knew something had to be done and with the caveat that the classes continue to be run separate at Sebring and Petit Le Mans, the ACO's blessing was given to move forward. The first combined race has been run. And we must now look back and ask ourselves: Did it work? The answer is, thankfully, a very simple, and very clear YES. Perhaps th...

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