Ford Chip Ganassi Racing go into this weekend’s World Endurance Championship event, the Six Hours of Silverstone aiming for a strong result following a tough a LeMans 24 Hours which saw the team demoted from the podium due to a driver infringement.
The Six Hours of Silverstone marks round three of the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship and is a home race for Chip Ganassi Racing who are based in Greatworth Park which is just a few miles away from the Silverstone circuit. Speaking about the intense competition GTE Pro class, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team Principal George Howard-Chappell commented by saying:
The competition in GTE Pro is exceptionally strong – we saw that at Spa and Le Mans. “The guys with the new cars are sure to be improving and we already know how competitive Porsche and Ferrari are. We booked a test a month before the race and were joined by two of the other manufacturers, so at least three of us have an idea of what to expect given the new track surface. Ideally we would like to continue the winning streak that our sister team in the USA have been having but let’s see. We will be going flat out for sure and I’m confident the track layout suits our car.
The #66 Ford GT crew of Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson have moved into second place in the Driver’s championship following a strong race in LeMans. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Stefan Mucke said:
“It was important for us to take as many points as possible at Le Mans. “The competition was very strong, especially from Porsche, so I’m pleased that we are in second with everything to fight for. Our target is to win the championship so we need to keep scoring maximum points and a win at Silverstone would be particularly special for the team as it is the home race.
Mucke went on to say:
Silverstone has always been the first round in the past so it’s good to go and race there in the summer this time. We tested there a few weeks ago and the circuit has new asphalt, which is going to make it very interesting. Everything you learnt about the track in the past, forget it! There is a lot more grip, which is a good thing, but it is also very aggressive asphalt so tyre management will be crucial this weekend if we want to stay in the game.
Harry Tincknell commented on this weekend’s Six Hours of Silverstone said:
A repeat of last year when we took pole position, fastest lap and the win, would be very nice. “We’ve had a tough start to our season. We were going well at Spa until the accident and then we had a good race at Le Mans, fighting hard all the way through with no issues other than a short fill which took us out of contention for third and then the post-race penalty. It means we are well down the championship table so we need to just go for outright wins now, hopefully starting at Silverstone. We had a great test there not long ago and we look reasonably strong. This race is going to be all about tyre life due to the combination of the new abrasive surface and the high speed nature of Silverstone. With only four sets of tyres for six hours of racing that is going to be the key. The Ford GT has good aero efficiency and we look after our tyres well so hopefully that’s an advantage for us. Let’s hope the home support will cheer us on to another win.