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Ford takes 1-2 victory at FIA World Endurance Championship race in Japan

Wednesday 19 October 2016, By Autovolo

Ford takes 1-2 victory at FIA World Endurance Championship race in Japan

Ford takes 1-2 victory at FIA World Endurance Championship race in Japan

Ford has secured a 1-2 victory at the Japanese leg of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Andy Priaulx and Harry Ticknell were both behind the wheel of Ford GT race cars when they won first and second places respectively in the six-hour endurance race. 

With the challenging course laid in the foothills of Mt. Fuji, the race proved full of high-speed moves. Places were traded throughout the race, though much of it was decided in the very first corner. 

Ticknell explains: “I knew that the first corner would be vital, even though it was a six-hour race. I was pleased that I managed to pass Oliver Pla on the inside going into turn one, then once the race settled down we maintained a very even pace between the two Ford GTs”

George Howard-Chappel, team principal of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, who fielded both cars, said: “This is a fabulous result after quite a long dry spell so to then get a 1-2 is a great tribute to the work of all four drivers, the team and to the support we receive from the Ford team around the world.

“It’s a great result, a great lift and it helps us in the championship. We can now go to Shanghai and Bahrain to repeat the success.”

Priaulx added: “Today’s result was great for Ford, for Multimatic and for Chip Ganassi. It’s a young team, it’s a new team and today they were faultless with the pit stops.

“It was a tough race as we never had a big gap to the #66 car. Every lap of the race felt like a qualifying lap.”