This ******* blows to see an awesome sport die out as fast as it came to life. Probably turn it into a GT3 series, this blows man.
LMP1 was doomed the minute the cars became too complex and expensive for the privateers.
This is what happens when you allow manufacturers to drive the cost of competing through the roof. The privateers never had a chance against the hybrid cars, so they bailed and went to P2. Any team on the P2 grid can buy a car and have an equal chance, but you can see from the Bykolles project what kind of chance a privateer has in the LMP1 class.
Usually manufacturers bail because they are getting thumped. Audi ruled for years, but after a few years of not winning everything they bailed. You can't justify spending that kind of money and not winning. This time, though, the manufacturers are bailing because there is no value in it for them. Porsche does get anything out of beating Toyota. They are supposed
to beat Toyota, so any time they lose it doesn't make them look awesome.
Audi was right to get out for a lot of reasons, and Porsche is right to get out because $200mil per year is too damm much money to spend just to beat a company they are supposed to beat. Poor Toyota is in it simply to win Lemans, but now their chance may be gone. There is no sense in them going just to beat Bykolles and maybe one or two other privateers who again, they are supposed
to beat anyway.
The FIA will have to come up with something fast. They can't make P2 the premier class because you can't have a manufacturers championship if you don't have any manufacturers. Their best option is to make P2 the premier class and allow DPI cars with limited manufacturer participation. Let them sell cars and body kits, but keep the factory teams out. This would allow the current P2 teams to not only keep racing, but race for the overall win, and also allow manufacturers to compete as suppliers. That's the simplest solution that they could put into effect today, right now, but don't expect the French to adopt something that's not their own idea.