Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and the Ford GT team are happy with the progress they made during The Prologue FIA WEC pre-season test at Circuit Paul Ricard in France over the weekend, Sportscar365 reports.
The team’s first FIA WEC appearance was made during Day 1 of Prologue testing in France. They were able to log more than 1,000 miles between the two entries over the course of the two-day test.
“We’ve been really pleased with the progress,” Ford FIA WEC team boss George Howard-Chappell told Sportscar365 in an interview. “We did a lot of miles, over 1000km on one of the cars and 800km or so on the other.”
“I’m slightly confused because some of the other cars didn’t seem to go out at all despite the fact they were at a test,” he added.
Chappell said some of their work has been made easier by the fact that their American counterparts have already run their two Ford GTs in two endurance races in the IMSA WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship. At the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, the team experienced electrical and gearbox issues but was able to find a solution, which was then sent to the FIA WEC team to apply to their car.
“There was a very strong overlap between the U.S. team and the European team,” Howard-Chappell said. “There’s constant communications and we’re learning all the time.”
The team is participated in a two-day endurance test at Circuit Paul Ricard yesterday and today. The Ford GT will make its FIA WEC competition debut when the series kicks off at Silverstone in mid-April.