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Ford “will be even better prepared” for Le Mans

2 February 2017

Four Chip Gannassi Racing Ford GTs will attempt to repeat the Blue Oval’s 2016 Le Mans success as the team is returning to Le Mans again in 2017.

“When we came to Le Mans last year there was a lot of pressure on the team to deliver a win to commemorate the Ford GT40 1-2-3 finish in 1966,” said Raj Nair, executive vice president of global product development and chief technical officer of Ford Motor Company.

The reimagined GT claimed victory at Le Mans in 2016, however its WEC campaign didn’t prove to be quite as fruitful coming third (out of four) in the World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers.

“It was fantastic to win but we will not rest on our laurels,” added Nair.

Ford has come back swinging in 2017 though, taking the GTLM victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2017.

“We are really looking forward to getting back to Le Mans with the Ford GT this year,” said team owner, Chip Ganassi. “Although we came home with the win last year, I think we also learned a great deal about that race, the Ford GT and what it takes to compete for the win.

“I feel like we will be even better prepared this time around.

“In addition, we will also once again take four cars and 12 of the best racing drivers in the world so I can’t wait to get back there and defend our title.”

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