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2 Major Awards at Professional Motorsport World Expo

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2 Major Awards at Professional Motorsport World Expo

COLOGNE, Germany (November 10th, 2016) – Courtesy of Ford Performance – The results of the 2016 Professional MotorSport World Expo awards are in! Following two years of awards dominated by a single brand, this year’s event saw a wide variety of motorsport achievements celebrated in style.

Ford Performance was the evening’s biggest winner, picking up the Motorsport Team of the Year and Motorsport Engineer of the Year accolades. The awards were collected by Tyrone Johnson, vehicle engineering manager, Ford Performance. Facing stiff competition in the Team of the Year category from ABT Sportsline, HWA AG, Peugeot Sport, Renault e.Dams, and Team Porsche amongst others, it was Ford Performance’s incredibly diverse portfolio of factory supported programs that found favour with the judges.

The highlight of 2016 for the team came via its Chip Gannassi-ran Ford GT program which was able to take victory at Le Mans, repeating the performance of the original GT40 some 50 years prior. Strong performances in IMSA’s WeatherTech Championship, and the FIA’s World Endurance Championship have also been reasons for the team to celebrate. Ford Performance-backed programs and cars also enjoyed success in other championships such as the NASCAR, Pirelli World Series, Formula Drift, Baja 1000, World Rallycross, and Stock and Super Stock drag racing categories.Ford’s second award came in the Motorsport Engineer of the Year category, with GT program leader, George Howard-Chappell taking top honours ahead of Formula 1 engineers Andy Cowell and Bob Bell, with Hyundai WRC head-honcho Michel Nandan also in contention.The 25-strong judging panel were impressed with the way that Ford Performance has established itself in a number of disciplines, as well as provides extensive support and retail options to club-level racers and individuals. At its highest-level, Ford Performance as a team has also impressed, taking several race victories with the all-new Ford GT endurance racer.

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John O’Brien, editor of Professional MotorSport World was on the judging panel: “2016 has been a great year for motorsport, regardless of which series piques your interest, the diversity of this year’s winners shows that. Ford Performance’s ethic of using its varied motorsport activities to directly market its road cars is something that has to be admired, particularly in this era of increasing regulation. The advances in ‘greener’ technology, and the explosive performance it can deliver is something that has increased in presence in the awards of late, and the coming years are certainly an exciting prospect.”