The No. 66 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell led a 1-2 finish for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in Sunday’s FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai – making for a repeat result of the 6 Hours of Japan from Fuji last month.
The No. 66 and No. 67 GTs started the race side-by-side at the front of the GTE Pro grid. Priaulx held the lead when the lights went out, however chaos then ensued when an LMP2 car spun. The No. 67 GT held its position, however the No. 66 car was bumped from behind and lost one position to the No. 51 Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni.
Racing got back underway following a two-lap safety car period to clear debris. Mücke began closing in on Bruni and eventually found his way past the Ferrari to once again put the Fords 1-2 in GTE Pro. The grid stayed that way until the third hour of the race, when Mucke was forced to pit with a slow puncture.
Mucke and Pla made up lost ground with a couple of fast stints and soon found themselves back in second behind the Ford sister car. They weren’t fast enough to catch their teammates, but were fast enough to keep the rest of the GTE Pro field at bay and help Ford take yet another 1-2 finish. In addition to the win, Priaulx also claimed the fastest lap of the race and a new GTE Pro lap record.
The 1-2 result sets Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing up well to take the team championship at the final round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 19th, 2016. Click here for full results from China.