U-S-A! U-S-A! Ford Steamrolls GTE Class at 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans!
What a difference a day in addition to 2890 mile Makes. After the very first time at This specific year’s Le Mans 24-hour This specific looked as if the return of the Ford bought dearly for racing world’s most famous endurance, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first victory for the brand in general, This specific was due to be replaced in dramatic fashion in front of 265,000 fans set record.
before the race even began, in addition to No. 67 GT pushed off the grid in addition to return to the garage that has a gearbox fault. This specific has been shown at the end of the day, yet that has a delay of which took him via the competition for honors. This specific means heavy rains in addition to the race began behind three of the safety car, in addition to when This specific was called at the end of the day 52 minutes after the three remaining crossings looked to be off the pace.
four minutes This specific took only No. 66 GT, which was the second work inside the classroom to be passed by the No. 51 Ferrari 458. in addition to GT leader, No. 68, in addition to quickly proved powerless alike to keep the Ferrari at bay, before a long time both were overwhelmed them in addition to Ferrari by the airline Porsche 911 RSRs, which proved to be happy, especially in wet conditions.
in addition to grins of which were worn by the top executives inside the unit in addition to hospitality companies Ford faded. Although This specific is usually the first year the Ford World Endurance Championship we were in no doubt of which Le Mans was the main goal. “, is usually the best, not just for a class, yet here, This specific is usually designed with This specific track,” said CTO Ford Raj Nair us before the race began, in addition to also admitted of which he would certainly make more sense for GT to make debut the previous year’s to gain experience in an attempt to win the anniversary 50 for the first victory of the GT40. “To be honest we had some false starts. We had a window there of which could have allowed us to go to ’15, put the auto then actually make term in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary. However, we do not get approved in time program.”
However, against expectations early, in addition to came GT back to back stage of which took Ford to victory of which was both emotional in addition to deserved, with the race in 2016 This specific became one of the closest in addition to most exciting inside the history of 84 years of the event. While Toyota failure remarkable to win three minutes via the end delivered 18 Porsche overall victory for the brand inside the city of Los Angeles goes-until the end of the race was paying roughly the same amount of attention to the battle further down the standings between Ford in addition to Ferrari GTE Pro.
faded challenge Porsche early, in addition to This specific became clear of which Aston Martin in addition to Chevrolet GTE cars Pro was well off the pace (see our previous post on the debate about the various “performance balancing” modifications ), therefore the race did not actually turn into another Ford Ferrari duel inside the mold of the classic of the 1960s, albeit one where he developed a strong Ford numerical advantage. Runs No. 71 in addition to No. 51 AF Corsa Ferrari 488s dropped after 143 in addition to 179 laps respectively, the latter that has a spectacular engine failure. By evening was going to stick to the honor of Italy just by piracy No. 82 Risi Competizione 488, which surrendered the lead class at 7:30 pm to the GT number 68.
However, the package of the crossings did not have a 20-hour remaining of the race for themselves, with the No. 82 Ferrari combat action remarkable rearguard which saw the lead change more than once as the two cars have changed the situation. 8:30 inside the morning Ferrari drove the auto number 68 of only 13 seconds, with the increase inside the deficit to more than a minute as he was called GT inside the pitlane penalty for violation of refueling.
yet This specific did not last. Ford increased the pace in addition to took the lead class with less than three hours to go, the auto sidelines of the growing number 68 Ferrari spokesman suffered unforced errors on the spin. To the task of final F1 Driver former Giancarlo Fisichella took in more than 488 in addition to was able to fend off the chase No. 69 GT, denying Ford finished 1-2 yet allowed to finish the race inside the first, third in addition to fourth inside the GTE Pro class, with the German Dirk Muller get a privilege to lead victory . No. 67 until the auto was patched up to make This specific to the end of the race, albeit 78 laps behind the leaders.
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so was This specific worth This specific? 2016 Le Mans is usually destined to be remembered like Toyota lost the race in spectacular fashion, yet also one of which justifies effectively Ford’s decision to sign an important development budget for both rider in addition to GTE roadgoing sister . We look forward to seeing how This specific variation builds on This specific momentum.