Ford aims to make a splash on its return
There will be a lot of attention lavished on the Ford GT programme heading to Le Mans this season. Not only does the Chip Ganassi-fronted squad have a lot of history to live up to – it is 50 years since the Blue Oval took its first victory at Le Mans – it also has the only all-uk line up in the GTE Pro field.
Marino Franchitti, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell will join three other cars in the line up. Franchitti says that he is fully aware of the publicity that will surround the programme.
“It is a big responsibility,” says Franchitti, who finished second in class with his team-mates at Spa last time out. “But the hype about that will be all out of the way before the race. Then we can look forwards.
“We are optimistic of a good result, and our last 24-hour test was a success. But we are under no illusions. This is the car’s first Le Mans 24 and Ferrari and Aston Martin will be very strong – although they have shown some signs of weakness.”
Bryant (l) will drive AAI car
Franchitti will race Ford GT