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Ford Qualifies Ahead of Championship Rivals for Final Race

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Ford Qualifies Ahead of Championship Rivals for Final Race

MANAMA, BAHRAIN (Nov. 17th, 2017) – Courtesy of Ford Performance – The scene is set for a thrilling GTE Pro championship showdown after Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell qualified the #67 Ford GT ahead of their main championship rivals for tomorrow’s ‘Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain’. They will start from third place on the grid after both posting strong times in Saturday evening’s qualifying session.

The #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla will start the race from eighth place after having fast times deleted due to track limits infringements in qualifying.

“It’s great to see the #67 Ford GT qualify ahead of its two title rivals,” said WEC team principal, George Howard-Chappell. “It’s a good start and we’ll now go into the race and do the very best we can. It’s a real shame for the #66 crew. We seemed to have a very quick car for qualifying but we were just over on track limits and didn’t have enough time left to give Stefan another run.” (Note: Grid position is set on aggregate lap times from both drivers)

Priaulx was the first man on track in the #67 GT, posting a time that put him in third place. An equally slick job from Tincknell then cemented third place on the grid.

“The car felt great and we managed to get the best out of it today,” Tincknell said. “I don’t know how many sets of tyres everyone else used and I still think Aston Martin and Ferrari are very strong but track position is key and we’re ahead of all of our rivals. The car feels better than it has felt all weekend, we had a clean run, not using any more tyres than we needed to, and we’re ready to go for it tomorrow.”

Mücke was out first in the #66 GT and posted two rapid lap times but these were unfortunately both deleted when he ran just outside of the track limits.

“The positive thing is that the car is feeling very good,” Mücke said. “It’s very difficult to judge as I drove just as I did in practice but it looks like I was just over the line. It’s a shame as the car was good and had good potential. We’ll focus on tomorrow’s race now. We will work on our strategy and try to save our tyres so we can be in the mix at the end of the race.”

The Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain, the final race of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship gets underway tomorrow (November 18) at 16:00hrs (+2 hours CET).