After a strong qualifying session and starting from second, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell had a disappointing race in Austin, Texas. However, a seventh place finish for the Ford Chip Ganassi racing duo kept them in the lead of the championship with three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship to go.
Andy started the race from the front row of the GT grid after the number 67 Ford GT showed good pace in qualifying, but what happened after that was disappointing as he explained: “It was a great qualifying, but unfortunately that didn’t relate to race pace and we could not convert that into a top finish and lots of points. Unfortunately the hard tyre didn’t work for us, as the grip was not there, so we changed our strategy to the soft which meant more time in the pits as we could only do single stints. The team really work hard and I know they are now looking into how we can be back on our usual pace for the next race.”
Talking about what happened in the race, he said: “I started the race but suffered a hit on the first lap that pushed me down to seventh. This was from the Aston Martin of Daniel Serra, who came and apologised after the race, but the car was in good condition and this was not why we were struggling. However, the positives are we are still leading the championship by six points, as our main opposition that comes from Porsche didn’t have a good race either. I can see that this battle will most likely go down to the wire in Bahrain.”
The standings in the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship after round six, which was held in swelteringly hot conditions on the 3.427 mile (5.513 kilometre) Circuit of the Americas, has Andy and Harry on 102 points, Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz on 96 and Davide Rigon on 95.5.