Le Mans GTE Preview: Ford

June 8, 2018

Le Mans GTE Preview: Ford

June 8, 2018

Michelin will have all 30 cars in the two GTE classes at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Michelin Racing USA will take a look at all six manufacturers entered and their lineups. Here is a look at Ford, which has four cars in GTE-Pro.


Quick overview: Ford Performance returned to Le Mans in 2016 with a famous win 50 years after its 1966 win, and delivered a 1-3-4 finish that year. Ford advanced to second in class at the end of last year’s race, following Aston Martin’s Jonny Adam pressuring and overtaking Jordan Taylor at the end of the race for the class victory. They won the opening GTE-Pro race of the FIA World Endurance Championship season at Spa. Ford also went 1-2 to start 2018 in IMSA, at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Changes from 2017: Sebastien Bourdais returns after missing last year’s Le Mans due to injury, where Tony Kanaan filled in for him. Kanaan makes his second start this year, but is switched to the team’s No. 67 car rather than the No. 68. Pipo Derani is the lone driver from last year’s team not back this year, as he’s gone to Ferrari.

Test day recap: A solid Sunday for Ford saw the four GTs finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth, with the two U.K. cars finishing ahead of the two U.S. cars.

Quotes of note: Here is a quick quote from Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance about Ford’s chances.

“It’s great to win at Spa alone, and that’s a huge accomplishment for the team! And we’ve had a lot of success here in IMSA so far, starting with 1-2 at Daytona. We can’t wait to have all four cars together at Le Mans.”


66 Stefan Mucke/Olivier Pla/Billy Johnson
67 Harry Tincknell/Andy Priaulx/Tony Kanaan
68 Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller/Sebastien Bourdais
69 Ryan Briscoe/Richard Westbrook/Scott Dixon


66 Stefan Mucke/Olivier Pla/Billy Johnson, 10th GTE Pro
67 Harry Tincknell/Andy Priaulx/Pipo Derani, 2nd GTE Pro
68 Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller/Tony Kanaan, 6th GTE Pro
69 Ryan Briscoe/Richard Westbrook/Scott Dixon, 7th GTE Pro

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