Ford ready to take it global from Sil­ver­stone

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - — Wheels Reporter.

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.

PHOTO: FORD

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.

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