SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 6, 2016
- Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell win in China with the number 67 Ford GT just three weeks after winning in Japan.
- Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla take the runner up spot in the number 66 Ford GT.
In a repeat of the emphatic victory in Japan three weeks ago the #66 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell finished the 6 Hours of Shanghai in first place this Sunday. Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla raced the sister #66 Ford GT to second place sealing a dramatic 1-2 for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team. The team will now go into the final round in Bahrain in two weeks with a clear shot at taking the teams’ title.
The Ford GTs started the race alongside each other at the head of the GTE field after a great performance in Saturday’s qualifying session. A spinning LMP2 car at the first turn rolled back into the oncoming GTE cars, creating chaos and sending the safety car into play. Andy Priaulx held onto pole position and sped off in the lead in the #67 Ford GT but Stefan Mücke took a hit in the rear of the #66 GT and found himself in third place behind the #51 Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni.
Andy Priaulx, who took the fastest lap of the race (and a new lap record), was naturally delighted to take the win after starting the race from pole position.
“I’m really happy with that!” said Priaulx. “I managed to make a good start and had a couple of good first stints. We had a perfect race. The car ran faultlessly and the pit stops were great. To take two wins on the trot and for them to be team 1-2 finishes is just mega.”
Harry Tincknell continues his run of great results, including an LMP2 championship win and his first WEC win at Fuji.
“I’m enjoying this run of results!” said Tincknell. “After taking pole yesterday to getting our second win on the bounce today is just unbelievable. Nothing has really changed with the car in terms of updates and balance of performance since Le Mans but we have all been working hard and getting faster and faster. Everything has come together at the right time. When the #66 had a puncture it gave us some breathing room but we still had to get the job done. I’m delighted that everyone’s hard work has been rewarded. The whole team should be very proud of themselves.”
Congratulations to @HarryTincknell, @AndyPriaulx and the entire #FordPerformance team on the 1-2 result in @FIAWEC China. ^RW pic.twitter.com/9Z032BDHmA— Ford in Europe (@FordEu) November 8, 2016
The final round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place in Bahrain on November 19th.