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Summer 2016 12

Ford beat Ferrari at LeMans in

1966 and fifty years later the Prancing

Horse of Maranello was bitch-slapped

again by the Blue Oval of Dearborn. It

was quite a historic feat, which, we’re

sure, will be written about for the rest

of the year by automotive writers

across this country. And probably

throughout the world.

The FIA World Endurance Cham-

pionship consists of nine events, each

at a track in a different country. The

series begins in April and runs

through November, with roughly one

race a month. LeMans is the third on

the schedule. There are four different

classes: LeMans Prototype 1 is the top

class, open to independent private

teams (unsupported by manufacturers

except for engines) either as hybrids

(with an energy recovery system) or

without the ERS); LeMans Prototype

2 (unsupported by manufacturers in

any way); LeMans Grand Touring En-

durance, production sports cars driven

by professional drivers (LMGTE-

PRO); and a second class (LMGTE-

AM) for production cars driven by


dropped out after 15 laps. Sixty cars

started the race but only 44 were run-

ning at the finish.

The four Ford GTs were entered

under the banner of Chip Ganassi

Racing, a mega-team that campaigns

cars in the IndyCar Series, NASCAR,

United SportsCar Championship

GrandAm road racing series and the

Global RallyCross Championship.

It’s no surprise that Ford tapped them

to race the new Ford GTs in the FIA

World Endurance Championship and

in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car


Four Ford GTs competed in the

third class, LMGTE-PRO, and while

not winning overall (they were never

expected to), they finished 18th, 20th,

21st and 40th overall; first, third,

fourth and ninth in class. The top-fin-

ishing Ferrari in the pro class was in

the middle of the Fords, finishing 2nd.

Five other Ferraris, all in the amateur

class, finished 26th, 27th, 30th, 35th

and 44th. LeMans was also a Ford vs.

Corvette clash but not much of one.

The top finishing Corvettes were am-

ateur class entries; they were 37th and

39th overall. The only pro Corvette

Let Go of My

Ford GT fever has touched almost

everyone as the 24 Hours of LeMans

approached. Lego master builder Pas-

cal Lenhard constructed a pair of Ford

GTs in 1:3 scale from 40,000 Legos.

Both cars went on display at the Sarth circuit during the week of the event

and were accurate right down to the badges, stickers and graphics which were

also made out of Lego bricks.