Andy Priaulx will be on home ground for first FIA World Endurance Championship Race

It is just a week until the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Andy Priaulx can’t wait to start the 2017 season’s campaign on home ground in Silverstone. This is his second year with the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team driving alongside fellow Brit Harry Tincknell and they will have a new team-mate in Brazilian Luis Felipe ‘Pipo’ Derani.
It is nearly five months since the final 2016 WEC race, so the Guernsey driver is champing at the bit to get back racing. However, this will not be his first race of the year in the Ford GT as he explained: “I am looking forward to the first WEC race of the year. It has been a nice winter break, but it was great to go to the States to do the Daytona 24 Hours, which was a good warm up for Silverstone. We have also had a testing schedule  that has kept us busy and gone very well. We have been working hard on developing the car and getting the right set-ups. Not only do we need to be ready for the new season, but we have to always look ahead for the big one of the year – the Le Mans 24 Hours.” 
With wins for him and Tincknell in the number 67 car, the triple world champion wants to pick up in Silverstone where they left off last year: “Any season with a new car and team takes a bit of bedding in, but what the team achieved last year was fantastic by finishing runner up in the teams’ championship. It was amazing to have two wins in Japan and China and to have one on Sunday at my home race would be the icing on the cake. I am hoping we can have some really good results at the beginning of the year and open the bank account for the season in Silverstone. It is no secret that a championship win is the goal for 2017, and I think that is a realistic target for Harry, myself and our new team-mate Pipo, who already has wins in sportscars in Daytona and Sebring to his name.”
The timetable for the weekend for the WEC cars on the 3.661 miles (5.891 kilometre) Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit starts with FP1 on Friday, 14th April from 11.45 to 13.15, which is followed by FP2 from 16.45 to 18.15. FP3 is on Saturday from 09.40 to 10.40 and then qualifying for the LMGTE Pro and Am classes is from 13.00 to 13.20. The six hour race starts on Sunday at 12.00 and finishes at 18.00.
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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