Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell have notched up their second win of the year in the FIA World Endurance Championship in China. It was at the Shanghai International Circuit today that the duo came out on top in an epic battle for the LMGTE Pro class for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team, and put themselves in the fight for the title at the final race in two weeks.
After the race a very happy Andy said: “That was an awesome race and we really pushed all the way. We didn’t have the fastest car, we didn’t have the slowest car, but we did a perfect race with pit stops, and no mistakes in any of the stints. I was happy to take the lead in my stint by passing the Porsche. That was a big moment, I was able to put some good lap times in afterwards and Harry did a great job to hold back the 91 Porsche. We go to Bahrain with a seven and a half point deficit to the championship leader. We need to win the race and then we have won the championship. It is all back on and fingers crossed we can do it.”
From fourth on the grid the Guernsey driver started the race and handed over to Harry after 31 laps. The battle was long and fierce and at halfway point in the six hour race the number 67 Ford GT was in third. With nearly two and a half hours to go Andy took the lead. When he handed over to Harry for the final hour and a half they remained there and eventually crossed the line to take their second consecutive win at this circuit. They completed 170 laps and were 11 seconds ahead of the second placed Porsche. This moves them up to third in the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship, 7.5 points behind the leaders. Now the championship battle goes down to the wire at the final round in Bahrain in two weeks.