Quotes from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers following the brand's 1-2 GTE-Pro win at the 6 Hours of Fuji. The UK based team scored its first ever victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Today’s result was great for Ford, for the team, for Multimatic and for Chip Ganassi. It’s a young team, it’s a new team and today they were faultless with the pit stops. It was a tough race as we never had a big gap to the No. 66 car. Every lap of the race felt like a qualifying lap. We made no mistakes and just stroked the car home. The pit stops were brilliant, Harry (Tincknell) did a great job and I’m delighted we finally got our first win. We’ve had some really good performances this year but we haven’t had the result we all deserve. This one is for the team.
Your first win for a manufacturer is always special but with everything we’ve been through this season it’s a massive relief. We’ve pushed like hell at every race this year and it just hasn’t gone our way for a number of reasons. I felt nervous going into the race as I knew this was our big opportunity and I had to grab it with both hands. To come away with the win is amazing but it was hard work! We had to push all the way through, leaving nothing in reserve so we will enjoy this moment.
It wasn’t an easy one today. For some reason my line didn’t go as fast as the right-hand line so I lost the advantage of pole position at the first corner. From then on we were so evenly matched it was hard to pass the other car. I lost a lot of time behind an Aston Martin in my last stint and I had to push so hard to catch up I had a small spin. Well done to the team, to the guys in No. 67. Everyone did a perfect job.
A 1-2 finish is great for Ford, great for the whole team,” said . “It was a long time coming. It was one of those races where you are doing qualifying lap after qualifying lap. There was no room for error, no lifting, just pushing hard. Unfortunately we were unlucky at the start but everything was perfect after that and it was a great job from everyone.