mardi 19 avril 2016
Andy Priaulx comfortable with new team and solid performance at Silverstone
The 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC) started it’s campaign in front of a 52,000 strong crowd at Silverstone, with drivers competing for the overall honours and the RAC Tourist Trophy, the oldest continuously competed for trophy in motorsport history.
Changeable weather over the weekend saw snow on Saturday but bright blue skies on Sunday giving the new Ford GT it’s debut race and the team a chance to put to work all the great work done over the winter.
Triple World Champion, Andy Priaulx made the switch to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing over the winter and immediately felt comfortable with his choice, qualifying in fourth position the Guernseyman was also to start the car for the 6 hour race on Sunday.
The first two hours went without any real problems and Priaulx was pleased with his stint “ I think that is a great start to my season with a very solid stint, the car felt terrific and very well balanced, the team have done such a great job and the way everything works it feels like I have been with them for years”
The race was as ever eventful with overall honours finally going to Audi, covering just over 1000km in 6 hours, a spectacular crash involving the LMP Porsche and a GTE Porsche demonstrated the latest safety features of the car preventing the LMP car from rolling over with both drivers stepping out unhurt, another demonstration of the improvements WEC is making in the sport.
Final thoughts on the day from Andy were “the team have done an amazing job to get the car from concept to race in such a short space of time, everything for me ran smoothly and it’s a credit to Ford Performance and Ford Chip Ganassi UK so I just can’t wait to get to Spa”
So, a great start to the return of Ford to GT racing in WEC, no trophy this time but they certainly showed they are not tourists.
The next race is at Spa on 6th May.
Andy Priaulx Press Release