The WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps didn’t quite go according to plan for Andy Priaulx and his Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team mates, as a fuel pressure problem lost them a lot of time. However, a strong fight back by the triple world champion, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani brought the number 67 Ford GT home in fourth place and the drivers kept their lead in GTE Pro class in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Guernsey driver explained how their race on the 7.004 kilometre (4.352 mile) Spa-Francorchamps circuit went: “It was not a bad day on Saturday after a good qualifying on Friday. We were very very strong at the beginning of the race, were in P2 and I think we even took the lead. But unfortunately at the first stop we had a fuel pressure issue and we lost quite a lot of time, so that put us right at the back of the field. But we had a good fight back with strong stints and there was a little bit of rain in the last stint which made things interesting. At the end we got back up into P4 and were closing the gap to P3. I can’t complain as we are still leading the world championship.”
Looking forward to Le Mans he said: “We are all in good shape for Le Mans and I am really looking forward to the race, which will be my fourth attempt at it. We have quite a bit of testing now over the next few weeks preparing for the race and also have the official test.”
In the Spa race the number 66 sister car of Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson finished second in the class.
As soon as the Spa race was over Andy drove straight back to the UK: “It is now Seb’s turn and I have driven back to the UK overnight to see him race at Thruxton where he is on pole for both of his Ginetta races. So we are hoping for another good day for the Priaulx family.”
2017 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR