The three Ford GTs finished 2nd, 4th and 5th at IMSA’s annual 12 Hours of Sebring.
In the Floridian darkness the No. 66 Ford GT was hunting the Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garica with the hard-charging Joey Hand at the controls, eventually falling short of class victory by 4 seconds. Hand combined with full-time co-driver Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais on loan from IndyCar for the weekend.
“It’s always frustrating to get second,” Hand said.
“We got beat by a car that was just faster at night. It wasn’t from a lack of trying. I threw everything at it. At the risk of running my tires off I went for it and thought that I’d get by and head them off. When it’s all said and done, if we can’t win this race we want to be thinking about championships.”
At one point the Ford triplets were running 1-2-3 in GTLM, but by the final hour the No.66 and No.67 were sitting P2 and P3. Unfortunately for the No.67 squad, Richard Westbrook caved to pressure from the chasing Risi Ferrari and looped it on the last lap, handing the final place on the podium to the the 488 GTE.
The third Ford GT suffered from tire trouble all day after picking up its second puncture of the race in the final laps of the 12-hour sprint. The No.68 now goes home to the United Kingdom to prepare for the start of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season.