Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing swept the front row in qualifying for the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans today, with Dirk Mueller taking pole in the No. 68 Ford GT.
Mueller’s fastest lap was a 3:51.185, which he posted late in the Friday session. The time knocked the No. 69 Ford GT to second, which posted a fastest lap of 3:51.497 in the hands of Ryan Briscoe.
The No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE of Gianmaria Bruni was the only car able to stick it to the Fords Friday, splitting the four Blue Oval entries to qualify third with a lap of 3:51.568. The No. 67 and 66 Ford GTs will start fourth and fifth, respectively.
Despite the strong qualifying session, Ford chief technical officer Raj Nair knows the challenge that lies ahead of them.
“We know the greatest task is still ahead of us and speed isn’t the only thing you need at Le Mans,” Nair said post-session. “As one team with one goal, we will race with commitment and passion and we will race for every member of the extended Ford family across the globe.”
Ford’s desire to stand in the Le Mans winner circle this year hit a minor hiccup after the ACO slapped the car with Balance of Performance adjustments Friday. In race trim, the GT will be 10 kg heavier than it was in qualifying and will also run a lower boost pressure.
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