‘6 Hours of Fuji’ Strong Start for Ganassi Racing

‘6 Hours of Fuji’ Strong Start for Ganassi Racing

FUJI, Japan (Oct. 14th, 2017) – Courtesy of Ford Performance – The two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs have qualified in second and third place for the start of tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Fuji.  Driver’s Championship leaders, Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) took second place in the #67 Ford GT after a strong showing from both drivers in Saturday’s 20-minute qualifying session. Right behind them is the sister #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA), both happy to be fighting from the front at Fuji.

The weather looks set to play a key role in the 2017 6 Hours of Fuji. After running in heavy rain yesterday, the track was only damp for the final practice session this morning.  Light drizzle for qualifying changed the conditions again, keeping the drivers and team on their toes. The forecast for tomorrow is heavy rain; it’s just a case of when and how hard it hits!

“Second and third is a good result for us today,” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “The drivers did an excellent job in very difficult conditions. We knew the car was strong in the heavy rain and didn’t think it was as strong in damp conditions so we’re pleased with this result. Judging by the weather forecast for tomorrow it looks like we will have an interesting race!”

Last year’s Fuji winners, Tincknell and Priaulx were happy with today’s result as they have the opportunity for a good race from the front row.

“It was a bit of a step into the unknown today,” Tincknell said. “I pushed hard on the out lap to get a feel for the track and I just drove to the grip we had, using the references from the last practice session. The track was changing all the time though so I had to take an educated guess on the braking points for each corner but I managed to put a clean first lap together. It’s great to be on the front row so we’re very happy with that.”

Stefan Mücke knows the Ford GT is strong in the wet so he and Olivier Pla and ready to push hard when the lights go green tomorrow.

“We struggled a bit in the slightly damp conditions of the final Free Practice session as all of the running before that had been in the wet,” Mücke said. “The engineers did a great job with the set up and got everything right. We made the right tyre choice, everyone did a great job and we took second and third, which is the maximum we could have done today so we’re happy.”

The 6 Hours of Fuji Gets underway at 11:00 local time (04:00 CET), Sunday, Oct. 15.