@victor_ro Unfortunately that is not how its going to work. The DP cars can not be sped up by much, they can only have Aero modifications to reduce drag/increase downforce. Other than that, the chassis/engine combo does not permit much higher speeds (partially to keep costs down). I know many guys that work on DP cars, several drivers too. They say that DPs do not drive like a prototype, but more like a GT car. Therefore, the LMP2 cars will have to be slowed to DP pace, not the other way around. Yes, the modifications should be easy to reverse to ACO Spec LMP2 (remove Air restrictor, minor bodywork modifications and most importantly, remove the weight penalty), but most teams that will run in P2 next year will not be running P2 in Le Mans.
This should create a very weird field, where the Premier Prototype class will be only a little faster than GTE. Not to mention LMPC (Formula Le Mans) being only a little faster than the GTE cars and we have a field that from first to the last GTE car should be covered by maybe 5-6 seconds (Sounds like a lot until you consider that there should be 40 or so cars stuffed in that time. And then you will have the GTC and possible GTX classes that are going to add to the insanity.
The only good that comes out of this is the fact that the 24 Hours of Daytona next year will Have GTE cars, and that makes me very happy. Other than that, this merger has ruined ALMS.
On a separate note, any F1 Fanatics going this year? I have been going for a long time now and would love to meet up with some F1F users. Anybody contemplating a trip down to Sebring, I have to say that this is an event you MUST see. Particularly since this is the last year where we will have a proper race. The atmosphere is incredible, the access to the cars and drivers is unbeatable (You can walk around the paddock without having to pay for some special passes, and you get to walk the grid and look at all the cars and talk to the drivers and take pictures with them. Just don’t expect to get many pictures with the Audi boys, they are ALWAYS surrounded as soon as the Grid opens). There aren’t any grandstands that you have to pay for separately (Except for the seats on top of the garage which are worth the price) so you have access to almost the whole track no matter what ticket you have. And all of this for a price that is honestly unbeatable. If you’ve paid for an F1 ticket, Sebring makes you realize how much you overpayed. One day tickets start at $70 dollars, and kids 12 and under are in free, so the event is really accessible on almost any budget.