All four Ford GTs qualified for the 24 Hours of Le Mans last night without incident.
Top qualifier in the Ford camp was the No.69 of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, and Scott Dixon in fifth place, followed by the No.66 in eighth place, the No.67 in ninth and last year’s defending champs in the No.68 back in twelfth position.
Despite the final positions the Ford’s are still fast, as just 1.7 seconds separates the pole-winning Aston Martin from the last place Porsche.
“It was overall a disappointing day today,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “The guys gave it their best shot. We were sitting in first place for a little bit, but at the end of the day we didn’t have the speed so we’re going to see if there’s anything else we can do with our setup and get ready to race on Saturday.”
“We definitely had a go at qualifying tonight,” Briscoe said. “It was the first time we ran with new tyres and low fuel and we’ve always found this car comes alive when we drop the fuel out of it, so it felt great. The balance was nice. We got one of those good laps at Le Mans where you get a tow and don’t get held up with any traffic and piece it together. I was really pleased, but obviously there’s a lot of competition. It was quick at the time but we’re fifth now so I think it’s going to be a tough race and hopefully we’ll have the pace to stay at the front during the race.”
The green flag drops on the twice around the clock french endurance classic tomorrow morning at 9 am ET.