Britain’s Harry Tincknell has set his sights on achieving a podium finish on Ford’s historic return to the Le Mans 24 Hours later this month (18-19 June).
Tincknell plus co-drivers Andy Priaulx and Marino Franchitti aim to steer their #67 Ford GT to success in the world’s most famous, most gruelling and most difficult sports car race in the world.
The British trio has posted a fourth (Silverstone) and second (Spa) in the opening two races of the FIA World Endurance Championship since April but Le Mans is four times the length of a regular WEC race, features a bumper field of 60-cars, driven by 180 drivers, on an intensely demanding 8.4-mile track in front of a crowd likely to be in excess of 250,000.
For Tincknell, this year’s twice-around-the-clock marathon will mark his third Le Mans since switching to sports cars after a successful career in single-seater racing. In 2014, Harry qualified second fastest in LMP2, won his class with a stunning drive and finished an excellent fifth overall – all on his Le Mans debut. In 2015 Tincknell drove the LMP1 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and proved to be the fastest driver for the Japanese manufacturer.
2016 not only marks the return of the Ford marque on the world sports car stage with four cars run by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, but is 50 years since the manufacturer’s historic 1-2-3 outright race finish with the Ford GT40 a fact not lost on Tincknell or his fellow drivers as they aim for the top steps of the GTE Pro podium.