Multimatic, which runs the outgoing Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK effort in the FIA WEC, has not given up on racing Ford GTs in the 2019/20 FIA WEC season, RACER has learned.
The formal deadline for full-season FIA WEC entries passed on May 21st and the entry list is due to be released this week, but Multimatic’s chief technical officer Larry Holt told RACER that work is continuing behind the scenes to keep Ford GTs on the grid.
“There’s a lot of potential for customer programs, not just in Am like Ben (Keating) is doing, but potentially in Pro as well,” he said. “We’ve had a ton of interest in the cars in potentially running them either as Pro or Am cars, so it is not over, for sure.
“ I would say there is a better chance that the cars will continue. Ford made their statement that the deal was four years. And if you really go back to the 60s (with the GT40), it was a two-year factory deal followed by a further semi-privater deal with JW Automotive with the Gulf cars. I could see that kind of thing happening again.
“Yes, I’ve been working really hard with a customer that I have been doing business with for years and years. I have been asking the ACO about the deadline, and about other things too.
“There are a couple of guys looking at GT as a stepping-stone to the bigger class (Hypercar), and as you know that has dragged on quite a bit, and the uncertainty has put some people off.”
In addition, RACER understands that since that May 21 deadline at least one LMP2 team has been accepted to join the WEC grid for next season, and another is close to confirming a program too.
Despite Ford and BMW pulling their factory efforts, as well as the known departure of LMP team DragonSpeed, the grid is expected to exceed 30 cars in 2019/20, with the GTE Am and LMP2 classes set to expand.