The all-new Ford Mustang GT3 racer was just revealed back in June, and is one component of a larger global motorsports push following the launch of the next-generation S650 2024 Mustang. The new GT3 is destined to compete at various events all over the world – including the 2024 running of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans – as well as other stops on the FIA GT3 circuit. Even though it’s a high-tech machine packing loads of technology and a lofty price tag, the Ford Mustang GT3 is still viewed as a bit of an underdog by the automaker, surprisingly enough, but thus far, it seems as if the new racer is performing quite well in practice, according to factory driver Harry Tincknell.
“The general characteristics of the car are that it has very good traction, very good in line braking,” Tincknell told SportsCar365 in a recent interview. “It’s quite easy to drive; we’re noticing a lot of the Bronzes are closer to the ultimate pace in the Ford compared to other manufacturers’ cars. We did a test in Barcelona on the day after the last round of GT World Challenge Europe, and there were guys driving the car who were maybe two or three seconds off their pro the day before who were suddenly within a second, which was amazing.”
Ticknell is one of four factory drivers set to compete in the Ford Mustang GT3 in the GTD Pro class of the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, along with co-driver Mike Rockenfeller. He is no stranger to The Blue Oval, however, having previously spent the 2016-2019 seasons behind the wheel of the Ford GT racer and securing multiple wins in the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Regardless, it’s clear that he’s rather excited for his latest stint, which will take place in the brand new Ford Mustang GT3, though he’s also keen to practice a bit of caution in terms of expectations.
“We did a lot of testing for durability stuff at Sebring in the summer, we’ve done a lot in Europe as well with the Goodyear and Pirelli [tire], and we’ve moved the car forwards with every single test,” Tincknell added. “IMSA is an incredibly tough schedule for new cars, you have the ’36 Hours of Florida’ [Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring] and straight away you have to be bomb-proof. Of course we’ll do our best to get the best results possible, but we are going into the unknown a bit with the Balance of Performance and stuff like that. But I am 100 percent confident that we have the car, the team and the OEM support to achieve big things. When that success comes… I don’t know if it will be a bit later in the season, but it will come.”