dimanche 16 octobre 2016
Dominant GTE-Pro victory for Ford at 6 Hours of Fuji
Ford has taken a dominant GTE-Pro class victory at the 6 Hours of Fuji, round seven of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The American brand scored a 1-2 victory in class with their factory Ford GTs, the first one for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the global sportscar series.
The winning #67 Ford GT was driven by Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx. They covered a total of 212 laps and were seventeenth overall.
Their team-mates Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke were second at the wheel of the sister #66 Ford GT, fourteen seconds behind the victorious car.
AF Corse's James Calado and Gianmaria Bruni completed the top-three in GTE-Pro sharing the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE ahead of the sister #71 machine of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon.
Aston Martin Racing's entries were fifth with the #95 Vantage GTE of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen ahead of team-mates Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway with the #97 Aston Martin.
Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen ended up in seventh place driving the #77 Porsche 911 RSR from Dempsey Proton Racing.
In GTE-Am, Aston Martin Racing had a perfect race and clinched the class victory. Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy the drivers of the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE never been challenged for the lead and class win.
Second place went to the AF Corse run #83 Ferrari 458 Italia in the hands of François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas.
Wolf Henzler, Christian Ried and Joel Camathias took the final spot on the podium driving the #78 Porsche 911 RSR from team KCMG.
Photos: Ford / Ferrari / Aston Martin