Andy Priaulx and his Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team teammates, Harry Tincknell and Tony Kaanan just missed out on a podium in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as they finished fourth in their number 67 Ford GT. However, this gave them enough points to move into third place in the GTE Pro class in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
After the tough 24-hour race the Guernsey driver said: “For me personally this has been a good Le Mans. I had a lot of fun in the car and I am driving with a brilliant team. I spent a lot of time in the car, as I was in it for eight and a half hours. I wouldn’t say we have the speed to win, but we certainly had the team to win. We were very unlucky with an early safety car, which put us two minutes behind, and it’s so hard to get that time back. However, we got back up into the top two or three positions, but then we had more bad luck with a safety car. Despite this we had a great race with a fantastic car, and the team did a brilliant job. It was a tough race, so to finish fourth was an achievement.”
Now that the highlight of the season at the iconic French Circuit de la Sarthe is over the next race will be on home ground for the triple world champion at Silverstone in two months. “We scored some good points in the championship and now we will come back fighting, and I can’t wait for the rest of the super season and especially Silverstone in August,” said Andy.
A total of 256,900 fans went to Le Mans to watch the race and see Toyota win it outright for the first time. In the GTE Pro class it was a win for Porsche, with Andy and his teammates completing a total of 343 laps (1 lap behind the winner of the class and 45 laps behind the outright winner) and coming in for 26 pit stops.