Andy Priaulx in China for eighth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship

Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell know they have a tough weekend ahead of them in China for the eighth and penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The setting for this will be the Shanghai International Circuit in China and their goal is to climb back up towards the front of the GT FIA Endurance Drivers’ Championship in their Ford GT.

For Andy the return to China is one he has been looking forward to, as he explained: “The circuit was very good to us last year, as we started from pole in our number 67 car and scored our second win of the season there. I think it is a fun circuit to drive and can’t wait to get back out there.” However, he also knows how tough it will be as regards the championship: “It has got to be a really big weekend for us and we need to score a lot of points after the last race, in which we had some really tough luck. We do need to get ourselves back in the lead of the championship. I think that is going to be tough in Shanghai, but maybe over the next two races it is possible.”

Talking about the circuit and its characteristics, the Ford Chip Ganassi driver said: “The circuit has some quite complex and technical corners, like turn one, which is really, really interesting and also suits our car, so it is quite a nice corner to drive. The last long right on the back straight, which is a crucial corner, is unique. Last year it took some time for me to get the car set up and the driving right there, but we were very competitive and had our first pole. It is a circuit that definitely requires some concentration in terms of set up and driving, and I think we should be able to score some solid points.”

The Shanghai circuit is about 40 kilometres from the city it is named after and is also the home of the Chinese Grand Prix, which it has hosted since 2004.  The first session for the WEC cars on the 3.338 mile (5.451 kilometre) circuit will be on Friday (3rd November) from 11.00 to 12.30 for FP1. This is followed by FP2 from 15.30 to 17.00. On Saturday FP3 is from 10.00 to 11.00 and qualifying for the LMGTE Pro class is from 14.00 to 14.20. The six hour race will start at 11.00 on Sunday. All these times are local and seven hours ahead of GMT.Andy Priaulx in China for eighth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship – 5th November
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