Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team took 1st and 2nd position at 6 Hours of Fuji

on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Posted in Partnership

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team took 1st and 2nd position at 6 Hours of Fuji

ENDLESS Brakes is the official brake pad supplier for Ford Works Team.
WEC (World Endurance Championship) is the highest level of sports car racing, during these though conditions the demands on brakes are very high.
With the class win at 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the 1st and 2nd position at 6 Hours of Fuji, Endless brake pads has proven to not only have the highest achievable performance but they have also been extremely reliable.
 
ENDLESS is a global player in the racing scene, and have provided brake products to Champions for over 30 years, and it’s an honour to be part of the supply chain for Ford Works Team “Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team” as their official parts supplier for the competitive LMGTE Pro class.
 
The debut year for the highly anticipated Ford GT Gen 2, has been a huge success in WEC. 
In the 3rd round the 24 Hours of  Le Mans, car No.68 Ford ChipGanassiRacing Team USA crossed the finish line in first place, and the teammate car No.69 got a strong 3rd finish. In the 7th round at the 6 Hours of Fuji which is the home round for ENDLESS, car No.67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK took the fist place and car No.66 got 2nd place, it was an amazing and extraordinary race by the whole team.
 
About WEC
SWC (SportscarWorld Championship, 1953-1992) became the original of WEC. In 2010, ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) who was the organizer of the 24 Hours of  Le Mans published ILMC (Intercontinental Le Mans Cup) by the same concept of SWC. In 2012, WEC started as the number-one sports car endurance race championship under the cooperation between FIA (International Automobile Federation) and ACO. In 2016, WEC is held 9 rounds which includes the traditional 24 Hours of Le Mans. The category has 4 classes, LMP1 & LMP2 (Sport Prototype car) and LMGTE Pro & LMGTE Am (Grand Touring car). In each class, there are hard competitions.
 
About Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team
In 2016 Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team start to participate in WEC as Ford works team. There are two teams. Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK bases in England. Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team USA bases in U.S.A. Both teams take part in the fiercely LMGTE Pro.
Both teams make use of “Ford GT” which developed according to LMGTE regulation. For very good aerodynamic form, the maximum speed is the best in this class. In the high speed circuit layout, they exhibit great performances. In the 3rd round the 24 Hours of the Le Mans, the activity of Ford teams progressed very much. The car No.68 Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team USA (Joey HAND/Dirk MÜLLER/SébastienBOURDAIS) got a victory since 1969 for Ford. Additionally the car No.69 Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK (Ryan BRISCOE/Richard WESTBROOK/Scott DIXON) got 3rd finish. According to the 1-3 finish in the traditional 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ability of Ford has been proved.
 
Race Report
In 2016 WEC, there are hard competitions in each classes. LMGTE Pro, in particular, a lot of automobile manufacturers introduce their work teams together with Ground Touring cars and professional racing drivers. The most remarkable team is Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team which ENDLESS supply brake-pad to as their official supplier.
 
In 2016 Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team started to participate in WEC as Ford Works team. There are two teams. One team bases in England. Another bases in U.S.A. Even though this year is their debut year of WEC, they show very bright activity together with strong "Ford GT".
 
In the 3rd round the 24 Hours of  Le Mans, the car No.68 Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team USA got a victory. Using that strong momentum, in  the 7th round the 6 Hours of Fuji(14-16th Oct) at Fuji Speedway, Ford teams showed good performance from the beginning of the race.
 
In the 7th round the 6 Hours of Fuji is ENDLESS home ground event. Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK, who bases in England, prepared two Ford GT machines. The car No.66 drivers were Stefan MÜCKE and Olivier PLA. The car No.67 drivers were Andy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL.Though Fuji Speedway was the first time for them, they took a lot of good race lap times from the free practice start day (14thOct). Because Ford GT has advantage for high speed circuit course such as Fuji Speedway for the reason of good aerodynamic.
 
In the free practice 1 (at the morning of Fri, 14thOct) , the car No.67 took the best lap time. Continuously in  the free practice 2 in the afternoon, the car No.67 took the best lap time. Ford Teams obtained the advantage superior to other teams. Next day (Sat, 15thOct), in the morning free practice 3, the car No.67 took the best lap time. In afternoon qualifier, the car No.66 got the first position and the car No.67 got the second. Ford ChipGanassiRacing Team UK monopolized the front row.
 
On the race day (16thOct), the weather was fine. At 11 a.m. the race started. Two Ford GT of Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK led the race overwhelming strength. Two Ford GT (The car No.66 was the first position of qualify.  The car No.67 was the second) monopolized 1-2 position with faster pace than other. Only two Ford GT competed for first place. The car No.67 got first place at the beginning. And they kept first position and got a victory by 212 laps. This victory was the first time for the car No. 67. And the Car No.66 finished a close second. Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK won by the 1-2 finish which was also the first time for them.
Ford GT with ENDLESS brake pads showed advantage performance for high speed circuit. As they are contending for a championship, the performance of Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team deserves special attention.
 
Quotes from the race

George Howard-Chappell
Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK
Team Principal

Our project of WEC started just this year. Even though we won  24 Hours of Le Mans, there are many obstacles. Ford GT is very good as a base car. Though the BOP (Balance of Performance) is a serious problem, Ford GT brings a good balance as a racing machine. When BTCC, we chose ENDLESS. We have confirmed their good balance. Also ENDLESS have a lot of experience for GT3 machines. Additionally the estimation of Stefan MÜCKE and other drivers was very good. Then we chose ENDLESS brake pads.
 
Andy Priaulx
Ford Chip GanassiRacing Team UK
No.67 Driver
 
I understood ENDLESS good performance and reliability since driving WTCC machine with ENDLESS brake pads. The ENDLESS performance of WEC GT car is also stabilized very much. Though GTE car speed range is very high and one stint of WEC is long distance, ENDLESS brake pads have very good control any time. ENDLESS is also suitable for this category. It’s very difficult to win because WEC is pure racing and has BOP. Ford GT’s top speed is so high that her performance of high speed course is very good. We have been hungry for a victory. Thanks to our team we won at Fuji.
 

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