Second place start for Westbrook at Le Mans 24 Hours with Ford GT


Richard Westbrook qualified the #69 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT in second place in the LM GTE Pro class for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, after the British racer ran team-mate Dirk Müller impossibly close during Wednesday night’s qualifying session and rain halted the ability for teams to improve on Thursday.

Speaking to Autosport.com Westbrook commented, “I wasn’t surprised by the time at all – we’ve got a huge diffuser and more power so these times were predicted.”
“The big mystery to me was where was everyone else? It’s shocking they haven’t progressed. It’s been strange.”

The Ford GT features the ultimate in aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fibre construction and the ultra-efficient twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine, Ford’s most powerful production engine that produces over 600 horsepower.

The Ford GT is the pinnacle product of the Ford Performance range so it is fitting that the road car version will make its dynamic debut at Le Mans. At 12:20 on Saturday, Ford’s most advanced and most exclusive car will take part in a parade at the Circuit de la Sarthe, providing the first opportunity for anyone in the world to see the much-anticipated Ford GT production car in action before the Ford GT race cars take on the world’s greatest race later that afternoon.

“Every member of this team has worked tirelessly to get the Ford GT to this stage in its development,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president, Global Product Development and chief technical officer. “We know the greatest task is still ahead of us and speed isn’t the only thing you need at Le Mans. As one team with one goal, we will race with commitment and passion and we will race for every member of the extended Ford family across the globe.”

The 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours gets underway on Saturday at 15:00hrs CET.

Richard Westbrook Press Release