With just two rounds left in the World Endurance Championship Super Season, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing returns to Spa-Francorchamps with its sights set on another victory.
The No. 66 Ford GT of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla took home the win in the GTE Pro class a year ago in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, which was the opening race of the WEC Super Season.
“Last year’s race was a fun one for me,” Pla said. “To come out in front after racing that hard is the reason why we do this! The Ford GT suits Spa and we all love to race there, so it is the perfect challenge for us. I hope we can go back this year and have a repeat performance. We certainly have the car and the team to do so!”
FCGR teammates Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell are looking for redemption after qualifying on pole in last year’s event before a crash in the second hour ended their day.
“It all started well at Spa last year,” Tincknell said. “We qualified on pole and it was all looking good until the crash, so I have a few demons to lay to rest the first time I go through Eau Rouge. We know the car is always quick around Spa and it is where we got our first WEC podium in 2016, so I have good memories of that. The reason the GT goes well at Spa is that you need a car with good aerodynamic efficiency. You always have to compromise as you want a low downforce set up for the fast parts of the track, but then there are some tight turns there, too. It’s like Le Mans where you want outright speed on the straights, but then you need some grip to get through the Porsche Curves.
“It’s good to go back to a track where we know we are strong, but it’s never easy at the front as the opposition is strong, too. It has been a tough season for us results-wise, but the pace, our strategy and the team effort has always been spot on.”
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps starts on Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. ET.