Andy Priaulx claims pole for first round of FIA World Endurance Championship

The number 67 Ford GT that Andy Priaulx shares in the FIA World Endurance Championship with fellow Brit Harry Tincknell and Brazilian Luis Felipe Derani will start tomorrow’s first round of the series from pole position in the GTE Pro Class.

The Guernsey driver was first to go out in this afternoon’s 20-minute session on the 3.661 mile (5.891 kilometre) Silverstone track and set a time of 1min 55.858 secs that was not bettered. Tincknell then took over the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing car and his time of 1min 56.546 secs gave them an average time that was good enough for pole.

After the session Priaulx commented: “The car was really good. From the start of Free Practice 1 yesterday we have steadily improved the car every session. For me everything came together in qualifying and I had the perfect lap so I am really happy. We’ve been performing at 100%; we’re not holding it back. We have a long race ahead of us tomorrow but we have a great car for the long distance. We have worked on tyre degradation and we’ve worked on setting a good balance, so it all looks good.”

The race, which is obviously a home one for both Priaulx and Tincknell, will start at 12.00 and finish at 18.00. The team’s other car, the number 66 of Stefan Mücke (GER), Olivier Pla (FRA) and Billy Johnson (USA), will start from fourth place.

2017 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

16th April – 6 Hours of Silverstone – GBR
6th May – WEC 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps – BEL
17th/18th June – Le Mans 24 Hours – FRA
16th July – 6 Hours of Nürburgring –DEU
3rd September – 6 Hours of Mexico City – MEX
16th September – 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas – USA
15th October – 6 Hours of Fuji – JAP
5th November – 6 Hours of Shanghai – CHN
18th November – 6 Hours of Bahrain – BHR

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