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      Ford Chip Ganassi Racing battles slippery Shanghai


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      The No. 66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla took home seventh place at the 6 Hours of Shanghai, while Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell finished 10th in the No. 67 GT.

      “That was not the result we hoped for, especially when starting from pole position,” said team principal George Howard-Chappell. “The conditions were difficult for everyone today but in the heavy rain both Ford GTs had excellent pace. Oli got punted off early by the Porsche, which started the run of issues that ultimately left us further down the order than we deserved. Tyre choice and the changing weather conditions did not go our way either. We tried our best but not a great day at the office.”

      The race saw two red flag stoppages for heavy rain and unsafe track conditions.

      “The start of the race went really well, despite the difficult conditions,” Pla said. “Our pace when it was really wet was great but unfortunately I was spun off by the championship-leading Porsche. We were fighting for position and he just hit me in the back, which is not right. When the track started to dry we found that we just couldn’t get our tyres to work with the car so we were fighting that all the way. We’re pretty disappointed.”

      “We had a pretty good start,” Priaulx said. “The conditions were challenging but it all felt good. Unfortunately towards the end of my long stint I had a spin, which was pretty unlucky. I managed to re-join and get back onto the lead lap. We didn’t have sensational pace after that so couldn’t make inroads so we need to work out why we couldn’t get the best out of the wet tyre. Ultimately the whole weekend has been a little up and down for us: a tough weekend in the rain.”

      Read more on the race from Ford Performance