New Porsche team goes 1-2 at caution-free WeatherTech Championship race at Lime Rock (****************************).
The two-car Porsche GT Team has come on strong as coming in the traditional midseason break for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the two automobiles delivered on Saturday day at Lime Rock Park, even once the team finished 1-2 at the coldest and (and**************************************)-moment Northeast Grand Prix.
top the way at a race which included the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) along with GT Daytona (GTD) Class had been 2015 WeatherTech Championship GTLM winner Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner at the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR.
Pilet spanned the stripe (*******************************************)..5 minutes before Laurens Vanthoor at the No. 912 Porsche which Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni began in the pole position. This was the first success for its revolutionary brand new Porsche 911 RSR, the initial person to be configured using the engine before the back axle.
The No. 911 Porsche conducted within the top 3 places across the race. Werner qualified third, but jumped into second at the onset of the race and then conducted behind Bruni to the very first 49 moments of their race prior to taking the lead when Bruni arrived for his first pit stop.
Werner pitted two laps later to turn the vehicle over to Pilet, who rejoined the race in third place, but one spot ahead of Vanthoor in the No. 912. Pilet took the lead for the very first time an hour and 17 minutes into the race once the very first pit-stop cycle was completed.
Pilet lost the lead when he made his second and last pit stop, but reclaimed the top spot for the last time when Antonio Garcia pitted the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R from the lead. He wouldn’t be challenged the remainder of the way en route to his eighth IMSA race victory.
“It means a good deal,” Pilet explained. “Since the very first race of the season, we’ve fought for the victory but never achieved that. Because everybody worked hard, it was great. It went all weekend. Both cars were really quick, especially the 912. We were able to find a excellent pace during the long runs and we knew it was a key here to be strong during the long runs and it went perfectly.”
Laurens Vanthoor finished second in the No. 912 Porsche that Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni started from the pole position.
It was Werner’s ninth career victory in IMSA history — including previous wins in both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series — and his third in the WeatherTech Championship. After spending the past several seasons Werner joined the Porsche GT Team this season.
“For me personally it is a fantastic day,” Werner said. “I just joined Porsche as a factory driver and to be the very first together with Patrick, yeah, it is a really great feeling. Nonetheless, it’s for the team since they put in of the work developing the car for a very long time and it feels good, I believe that it’s over a year.
“The car was driven and tested and its sweet because the previous few races I think we were already good enough to win, but we always had a small something fail. So I’m quite satisfied, especially a and in GTD also to have two podiums. It is the ideal moment.”
It was the first win for the Porsche GT Team since last September’s race at Circuit of The Americas, which also was the last time the team swept the top two spots in GTLM.
A fierce battle for the last podium spot between Martin Tomczyk in the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM and Garcia in the Corvette went to Tomczyk and his co-driver, John Edwards, by a slim margin. Garcia and co-driver Jan Magnussen wound up fourth in the No. 3 entry ahead of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, who rounded out the top five in the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT.
The No. 67 Ford GT also claimed the DEKRA Green Award. The award — developed in a partnership between IMSA, the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International — recognizes the cleanest, fastest and most effective GTLM car in every race.
Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Sunday, Aug. 6. The two-hour and 40-minute race will incorporate all four WeatherTech Championship classes.
(b)The Real History Behind the Story Of Dunkirk
Christopher Nolan’s persistent World War II drama Dunkirk is at theatres this weekend, telling a fictional narrative of the exact real British defeat from Nazi Germany in France and subsequent escape from Europe in the beginning of the war. Here is the background behind everything you find, and what exactly you do not find in Dunkirk.)
It should not take much to promote somebody on the notion of some Christopher Nolan warfare movie. …
Dunkirk has been a magnificent look in the despair and tragedy of this escape of more than*************************),000 indigenous troops trapped on the shores of Dunkirk, France straight over the English Channel in which has been called Operation Dynamo.
The movie follows three distinct narratives over three distinct time-frames, after Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots within the span of one hour, the team of a tiny civilian yacht within the duration of a day, and a bunch of young British soldiers trapped to the shore over the span of a week, even together with the time-frames lining up in the orgasm to enormous effect.
Here is the background behind everything you see on display in Dunkirk, then we will enter everything you did not see from the movie, including the way the British ended up surrounded by the German army on the beach, and the ramifications of the defeat and evacuation that rippled throughout Europe afterward. Some of the info could be considered spoilers for the movie.
Dunkirk opens on what could be considered the principal character of the film, named Tommy in the credits (but I’m not sure his name is ever expressed in the film), running through the streets of Dunkirk as German propaganda flyers fall from the sky, warning the British they’re completely surrounded.
An instance of a true leaflet from the Dunkirk 1940 museum site.
The on-screen warning is accurate when compared to actual German propaganda flyers dropped in Dunkirk, as German forces had punched through Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg avoiding the infamous Maginot Line, an allied defensive line stretching across the France’s border with Germany in anticipation of an invasion.
German forces could drive deep into northern France, splitting the allied defense up and eventually cornering around 400,000 British Expeditionary Forces (BEF), together with French and other allied fighters at the coastal town of Dunkirk, France.
The BEF, after a failed allied counterattack, fortified the town of Dunkirk to delay a German siege long enough for an evacuation.
Germany’s high command had decided to delay a siege of Dunkirk below the influence of the leadership of is Luftwaffe air wing, which believed it could prevent an evacuation and eliminate the BEF on the beach with relentless bombing campaigns.
In the movie, Tommy is pushed to the beach by German forces, where he sees thousands of his fellow soldiers lined up, stretching the length of the coast. The matter with the evacuation at Dunkirk of Britain was a deficiency of ships to eliminate the thousands and thousands of men.
The second narrative in Dunkirk follows three Royal Air Force pilots over the span of an hour as they try to have the German Luftwaffe. The men on the ground in the movie often reference the lack of the help of the British Navy and the Air Force, but British leadership was concerned with preserving its remaining resources to defend against a potential invasion of Britain by German forces in the future and wouldn’t commit the resources required to successfully facilitate a productive retreat. First evacuation projections were for the rescue of only around 30,000 men.
The third narrative of the film follows three British civilians on a tiny private yacht, among the hundreds of civilian ships drafted to sail to Dunkirk to aide in evacuation efforts. In reality and the film, the ships were utilized to ferry men to ships anchored out in the English Channel who could harbor as a result of extensive airstrike damage from the shoreline.
These small, personal ships still faced the threat of German bombings and naval strikes, but their arrival was undoubtedly the turning point in executing the successful evacuation of around 330,000 of the men at Dunkirk–nearly ten times the original projection.
The film will take some small inventive licenses on particular parts of the Dunkirk narrative as most of three narratives are fiction based on the real events, but it should not be a diversion for the normal viewer.
Dunkirk intentionally scales down the evacuation to those 3 narratives, but it was massive military movements and blunders that lead to such a speedy and catastrophic defeat for the allies so early in the war, which inevitably resulted in the fall of western Europe under the crushing force of the German blitzkrieg.
The film never strays past the beach, though thousands of soldiers fought in constant skirmishes scattered in the regions surrounding Dunkirk. An infamous incident, called the Paradis Massacre, involved the slaughter of 97 men of the Royal Norfolk Regiment after surrendering to German forces. There were only two survivors, and following the war, German Captain Fritz Knochlein, who had given the order was hanged for war crimes.
Another omission in the movie is the influence on the civilian populations in Dunkirk, though the at the point of the war once the film begins, most the millions of civilian populations had fled in fear of the German bombardment and imminent siege.
At the close of the Battle of Dunkirk by June 4, 1940, massive amounts of British supplies were left behind and taken for use by the German military, and thousands of Britain’s French and Belgian allies were left to become prisoners of war.
The retreat of the British took away any considerable British support for the remaining French defense, with Paris being seized by the Germans by June 14, and an armistice agreement between France and Germany signed shortly after.
French Premier Paul Reynaud had actually favored a French coastal evacuation very similar to Dunkirk in the south of France, where the French military could resettle in northern Africa with the French Navy present to defend it. From that point, forces may collect and get supplies for a counterattack that is upcoming. This idea was given up due to a movement within the government to create a deal and the armistice was signed.
While Dunkirk was a miraculous break for the British, a small victory that inspired the nation to rally around its embarrassed military, and championed as the ‘Dunkirk spirit’ by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in his now famous “We Shall Fight” speech, it was a death sentence for the French, and Nazi Germany wouldn’t be challenged again in Western Europe until America joined the war, spearheading the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy almost exactly four years after the conclusion of the Dunkirk evacuation.
Dunkirk almost completely avoids the Belgian, French, and German perspectives on the battle, focusing only on the desperation of the British evacuation. Among the most confusing and disconcerting moments in Dunkirk involves a French soldier, who seems to essentially serve as the ideal metaphor for the corrupted attitude of Britain and the impact Dunkirk had on all France.
Again, Dunkirk is a fictional story intended to characterize the exact personal motivations, experiences, attitudes and sacrifices of the British men during the climax of the evacuation effort. There are liberties that are creative that are minorconcerning the reach of the RAF scenes and the circumstance. But Dunkirk envelops you into this moment of confusion, desperation and isolation so well; a display of the shocking flexibility of the human spirit in a void of hope.
The Dunkirk evacuation is among the greatest survival stories of contemporary history, and the movie is as respectful to the emotion of the moment because it’s to the fact of the tragedy, at least within the scaled-back scope it outlines for itself.