The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will start tomorrow’s ‘Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain’ from the second and third rows of the grid after a tough qualifying session in Manama this evening.
After their recent triumphs in Japan and China, Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) took fourth place in the #67 Ford GT. Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA) focused on maximising their race performance, running a different strategy and will line up in sixth place in the #66 Ford GT.
The Bahrain event is the final race of the team’s debut season in the FIA World Endurance Championship and WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell, knows that his team pulled out all the stops today.
George Howard-Chappell WEC Team Principal:
The drivers and the team did a good job today. We’ve qualified in the positions we expected considering the adjustments that were made before this race meeting. We’ll do the best we can to mix it with the Ferraris in the race. It looks like the Astons will be out of sight but you never know what’s going to happen in these six hour races.
Harry Tincknell finished the 20-minute qualifying session in the #67 Ford GT, taking the wheel after Andy Priaulx’s strong run. The British driver knows that tomorrow’s race will be tough but, like the rest of the team, he is ready for the challenge.
We knew that the Astons would be out of reach this weekend but we’re surprised about how close we got to them. I think we did a good job and we were within half a tenth of each other so I think we got the maximum out of the car, which felt good. We can have a good race from the second row. I think we’re racing Ferrari; they look pretty strong on the long runs and so do we so there is going to be a big battle for the podium.
The Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain gets underway at 16:00 local time tomorrow (Nov.19).
Ford Press Release