Ford aims to make a splash on its re­turn

Motor Sport News - - Le Mans Preview - Matt James

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

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