Excitement is mounting for the Ford GT’s historic return to Le Mans in 2016 – and another piece of the jigsaw is now in place.
Le Mans is the highlight of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, which gets under way at the Silverstone racing circuit, here in the U.K., on April 17.
And behind the wheel of the two special Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will be drivers that include two Brits: endurance racing specialist Marino Franchitti and three-time FIA World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx.
They’ll be joined by German Stefan Muecke – a multiple WEC race winner, and Frenchman Olivier Pla – also an experienced World Endurance Championship competitor.
“Make no mistake, we are racing to win,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “To compete at this level you need the best car, the best team and the best drivers, and we have selected Stefan, Olivier, Andy and Marino to drive the Ford GT to take on the best in the world.”
It is 50 years ago this year that Ford achieved a legendary 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans, with the original Ford GT40 racing car. And the intention is that in June this year at Le Mans, Franchitti, Priaulx, Muecke, and Pla will be joined by the team of Ford GT drivers that is competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the U.S., and which includes fellow Brit Richard Westbrook.
— Marino Franchitti (@MFranchitti) January 5, 2016