- Andy Priaulx (GB) and Harry Tincknell (GB) take pole position in the #67 Ford GT for tomorrow’s ‘6 Hours of Spa-Franchorchamps’
- The British duo also took pole at Spa during the opening round of the 2018-19 WEC Super Season
- The #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke (GER) and Olivier Pla (FRA) will start from sixth place
- Wintry weather looks set to play a part in tomorrow’s race
- The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps starts this Saturday at 13:30 CET
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, May 3, 2019 – Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell drove the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT to pole position at Spa today, taking the extra point for pole and setting themselves up for a strong start to tomorrow’s six-hour World Endurance Championship race. This is the second pole position at Spa for the British duo during the WEC Super Season. The #66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla – the race winner last time out at Spa – will start from sixth place on the grid.
Wintry weather is forecast at Spa overnight, which could make for an interesting race day for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps but whatever the weather, the #67 Ford GT will start from the front.
“Today’s result is actually a bit of a surprise!” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “When we saw the time the BMW did we thought we couldn’t match that but the strategy of doing three runs paid off very well and Andy and Harry both did mega laps, delivering a fantastic result for the team. It’s a shame #66 didn’t quite get the perfect lap but I’m really happy with the team’s performance.”
Priaulx and Tincknell know how to get the job done at Spa and two poles in a row will give them a lot of confidence going into tomorrow’s race.
“I’m so pleased with that, I’m shaking!” said Tincknell. “The car felt unbelievable in that session, as if it was running on rails. We’ve had a pretty quick car in the dry all weekend. We tweaked it a bit after each practice session and it still needed a little bit more after the last session this morning and I have to say that Wilks (David Wilcock, Race Engineer) and the engineering team hit the nail right on the head.
“We went all out to get pole today and we’re happy to take the extra point,” he continued. “It’s supposed to snow overnight and then it’s supposed to rain but let’s just see what happens tomorrow. We know the car is quick in the dry and we know that if we can turn the tyre on in the wet we have a fast car there too. We’re starting from the front which is always the best view, especially when it is wet!”
The 6 Hours of Spa-Franchorchamps underway tomorrow, May 4 at 13:30 CET.
*Courtesy of Ford Performance