Ford ready to take it global from Silverstone
GREATWORTH PARK (UK) — The two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing “WEC” Ford GTs will make their competitive debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship on Saturday at the Silverstone Circuit in round one of the World Endurance Championships (WEC).
The Silverstone race traditionally draws the biggest crowd for the WEC outside of the Le Mans 24 Hours and with 23 British drivers to cheer on, the spectators will be spoilt for choice.
Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak said the Ford GTs had been racing in the U.S. since January, but their “global effort” will start at Silverstone.
“Our WEC team looks strong and I believe the combination of the Ford GT, the drivers we have chosen and the team that we have put together will be a force to be reckoned with.
“We expect fierce competition from Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche, but make no mistake, we’re ready to race!”
The action gets underway at Silverstone at noon tomorrow, when the WEC cars take to the track for the first free practice session. GTE Qualifying takes place on Saturday, April 16, at 11:50 pm and the six hours of Silverstone will start the 2016 WEC season at noon on Sunday, April 17. Watch the action live on the official website www.fiawec.com/live.html.
The new Ford GT will want to repeat the glory days of the GT-40 that beat all the Euro brands in the World Endurance Race, which starts this weekend in England.