Priaulx aims to sign off with win
VICTORY in the iconic 24-hour race would be the best way for Ford to say ‘au revoir’ to its factory Le Mans programme says Andy Priaulx.
Guernsey’s three-time world champion is in France for this weekend’s grand finale to the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season and he hopes to sign off in style.
‘This will be quite an emotional event for all of us as it is the last one for Ford,’ said Priaulx.
‘I have had four amazing seasons racing in the WEC and will certainly miss this great group of people. I can’t thank them enough for their professionalism and friendship.
‘This will be my sixth time at Le Mans and I have had some memorable races. I have been on the podium twice before, have led the race and so hope to be able to go out on a high,’ he added.
To mark the occasion, the No. 67 Ford GT that Priaulx will share with Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito has a livery that celebrates the manufacturer’s success at the race.
‘When I first saw the livery I was absolutely blown away,’ Priaulx said.
‘The one on our car pays homage to that on the Ford GT40 that won the race in 1976 with Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt driving. I don’t think it gets much better than paying tribute to such amazing drivers and such a fantastic car.
‘Each of our Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs has a different livery representing landmarks from Ford’s participation in Le Mans. I like ours the best, but the other drivers have also become quite fond of theirs.’
The race starts at 2pm BST on Saturday.
- More in Wednesday's Guernsey Press.