A fourth place finish in the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Mexico City has assured Andy Priaulx and his Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team mate, Harry Tincknell, of holding onto their lead in the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship.
The British pair started the six hour race from third on the grid in their number 67 Ford GT and had a strong first stint in Sunday’s six hour race ahead of the team’s number 66 car driven by Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla, who started alongside them on the second row of the grid.
Before the race the Guernsey driver was realistic about their chances at the 4.438 kilometre Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez which, at an altitude of 6,000 ft about sea level, was not the ideal circuit for the car. However, after the race Andy said: “That was a really good weekend for us. To come away from a track that isn’t good for us still leading the championship is a great result. There were moments in the race where we had very little grip and we had to fight hard to keep our competitors behind us. Every race matters in this championship and we have fought every step of the way since race one, so we need to keep on pushing. We’re still leading the championship and we now have it all to fight for in Austin so I’m really happy.”
The comment from George Howard-Chappell, WEC Team Principal, was: “We knew that the 6 Hours of Mexico would be a challenge for us. We had reasonable pace but not enough to compete for the top spot so to come away still leading the drivers’ world championship is a good bit of damage limitation. We’re optimistic about the coming races. The car should be okay at COTA and then, if we can repeat last year’s performances at Fuji and Shanghai, we will be looking good.”
For round six of the nine round series the teams head towards the city of Austin where they will race on the Circuit of the Americas in two weeks.