Andy Priaulx and Harry Tinknell are leaving Japan empty handed after an unfortunate incident in the 6 Hours of Fuji caused the number 67 Ford GT to retire. This is a blow to their hopes in the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship, but they are determined to fight even harder with two races remaining in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
After 12 laps down on the leader in class the triple world champion said: “It has been a tough day and a terrible race for us and the team has done a great job getting the car out on track, but in the end we had to retire. I was following another car and he kept stopping the car in mid corner and we touched, he hit the right rear of the car which when I braked for turn one had a catastrophic rear tyre failure and turned left. I can’t understand why we had that contact as it was really unusual and I have to look at the footage.”
This was extra disappointing as the Ford Chip Ganassi team had qualified second for the race and so were in a good position to defend their lead in the championship.
They now leave the Fuji Speedway and head towards China for the 6 Hours of Shanghai on the 5th November.