jeudi 16 juin 2016

Historical pole position for Ford at Le Mans 24 Hours


Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing took a hitsorical pole position at Le Mans 24 Hours. The American brand has dominated the qualifying sessions and locked up the front row of the grid in GTE-Pro class with the factory Ford GTs first time out at the Circuit de La Sarthe.

There were no improvements in today's two 2-hour sessions. The heavy rain and the very wet track made it impossible for teams and drivers in all classes to make improvements.

Dirk Müller, Joey Hand and Sébastien Bourdais will start from pole position with their #68 Ford GT. It was Dirk Müller who set the fastest time in GTE-Pro with a 3:51.185 on Wednesday.

Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon will start from position two on the grid with the #69 Ford GT with a best time of 3:51.497.


Third quickest time went to Ferrari with Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. The three drivers are sharing the AF Corse run #51 Ferrari 488 GTE, their best time was 3:51.568.

The two Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK qualified in positions four and five. The AF Corse #71 Ferrari 488 GTE was sixth. The Risi Competizione #82 Ferrari 488 GTE was seventh.

Porsche Motorsport's 911 RSRs were eighth with the #92 Porsche and tenth with the #91 Porsche. The two Vantages from Aston Martin Racing were ninth with the #95 Aston Martin and eleventh with the #97 Aston Martin. The semi-works Dempsey Proton Racing #77 Porsche 911 RSR was twelvth.

Corvette Racing ended the qualifying sessions way behind. The #64 Corvette C7.R was thirteenth ahead of the sister #63 Corvette C7.R fourteenth.


In GTE-Am class, the pole position went to Asian team Clearwater Racing with their #61 Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Mok Weng Sun, Rob Bell and Keita Sawatheir, they set the fastest time of 3:56.827.

The Aston Martin Racing #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was second. The AF Corse #55 Ferrari 458 Italia was third fastest in class.

Photos: Ford - Drew Gibson / Ferrari Media