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      Ford CGR’s Priaulx and Tincknell reach podium in Fuji

      © Drew Gibson

      Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell piloted the No. 67 Ford GT to their second consecutive podium in the World Endurance Championship, finishing in third position at the 6 Hours of Fuji.

      “Based on the pace we had this weekend we predicted that we would just be able to fight for the podium and that we needed to get our heads down and fight for it,” said Tincknell. “We had a pretty faultless race: Andy and I got through the traffic cleanly and the boys did everything right in the pit stops.”

      The duo made it two straight races on the podium after a second-place finish in August’s 6 Hours of Silverstone

      “We had to make some split second decisions, especially when it came to calling the tyre choice and diving into the pits during a full course yellow,” Tincknell continued. “Every lap was a qualifying lap today. At the moment we are losing a lot of time on the straights so we have to overcompensate in the corners, which is very tiring as going around the corners is the hard bit! I’m happy we got through it with no mistakes.”

      The No. 66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla finished sixth.

      “Today was disappointing for us,” Mücke said. “We thought we could have a good race this morning when we saw that it was going to start wet as that always opens up opportunities. We were on the right strategy with the wet tyres and our car was getting really strong when the safety car came out so that was our first blow. After that it all went in the wrong direction for us. We made the wrong choice on tyres and just didn’t have the pace to fight back. All we can do now is look forward to Shanghai. It’s a track that both Olivier and I like so I hope we can come back strong there and have a good race.”