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Priaulx targets podium at Six Hours of Fuji

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ANDY PRIAULX longs for redemption this weekend as the Six Hours of Fuji commences the Asian Leg of the FIA World Endurance Championship super season.

Andy Priaulx is in Japan for the Six Hours of Fuji race in the FIA World Endurance Championship. (Picture by Drew Gibson Photography, 22770144)

The Guernsey driver and his Chip Ganassi Racing No. 67 Ford GT teammate Harry Tincknell are targeting a return to the podium to improve their position in the championship.

They are currently 12th in the GTE standings following a tough start to the season, although they were recently buoyed by a great second-place finish on home soil at Silverstone.

The Fuji round is one that has brought mixed fortunes for the two GB drivers.

Racing in horrendous weather last year, Priaulx and Tincknell had to settle with eighth after contacting another car and incurring a stop-go penalty.

This was a far cry from their impressive victory in the 2016 Japanese round.

‘Fuji was a real low point for us last year, which was a huge contrast to the previous year,’ said Priaulx.

‘This year we have nothing to lose and everything to gain so we’re focusing on our next win.

‘We had a good result at Silverstone, taking second, so we want to keep that momentum going and close the gap in the championship.

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‘Fuji is a track that normally suits our car, so let’s see what we can do.’

Ford is currently second in the manufacturer standings, spearheaded by two championship runner-ups in Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla onboard car No. 66.

Fuji kicks off with tomorrow’s practice rounds and concludes with Sunday’s main event.

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