Ford retains full-time WEC driver line-up

Ford retains full-time WEC driver line-up

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Ford retains full-time WEC driver line-up

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Ford Performance has announced that Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK will retain its full-season driver line-up for the 2018/19 FIA WEC “Super Season,” bringing back the quartet for a third consecutive season.

In the No. 66 GT, German Stefan Mucke will again join Frenchman Olivier Pla, and in the No. 67 British drivers Harry Tincknell and triple World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx will pair up.

The annoucement was the second of the day for Tincknell, who was named as one of Mazda Team Joest’s additions to its IMSA DPi program. 

“It’s a no-brainer for us to all come back,” Priaulx told RACER. “We all work well together and we’re all good drivers. Me personally, I’m happy to be coming back with Harry, we get on so well together and have shown we can win races. When I left BMW for Ford it was a sporting decision and the right decision. I came close to winning my fourth world title this year, and am eager to challenge for one again in 2018/19.”

In the 2017 season, Pla and Mucke brought the No. 66 home seventh in the title race and the No. 67 won two races at Silverstone and Shanghai. Priaulx and Tincknell challenged for the hotly contested GTE Pro title all the way to the final round at Bahrain.

This year the UK Chip Ganassi outfit’s full-season drivers were joined by American Billy Johnson (No. 66) and 2016 Rolex 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hour winner Pipo Derani (No. 67) in the third seats for Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans, the opening three races of the season. There’s no word yet on whether they will return to the team for next season.

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