It is now time for the FIA World Endurance Championship to leave Europe and next weekend Andy Priaulx will be racing in the fifth round of the championship in Mexico. The Guernsey driver and his team mate Harry Tincknell will be hoping to extend their lead in the GT drivers’ championship and have a good strong race in their number 67 Ford Ghip Ganassi Racing Ford GT.
“The important thing for us is to go to Mexico City and have another strong weekend. In the WEC you can’t afford to have a dnf or a bad weekend, as it is such a competitive championship and every race counts. Last year Mexico was one of our toughest races and the altitude affects the turbo cars, so we are not expecting an easy time there. We are now focusing very much on the championship and, so after what for me was a great summer break, it will be heads down and all systems go to score as many points as possible,” said the triple world champion.
Although he knows it will be tough, he has some positive comments about the track: “I went to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the first time last year and thought it was a great track. I really enjoyed driving on it and it really suited my style.”
The track itself is 4.438 kilometres long and has 17 turns. It is in the southeast of Mexico City and is at an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level.
The teams will be out on track for the first time on Friday, 1st September for FP1 from 17.15 to 18.45. On Saturday FP2 is from 09.30 to 11.00, FP3 will be from 13.45 to 14.45 and then qualifying for the LMGTE Pro class from 17.50 to 18.10. The six hour race will start on Sunday at 12.00. All these times are local, which is six hours behind BST.