Four Ford GTs set for 2016 Le Mans battle

The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans will see four Ford GTs competing on the fiftieth anniversary of their 1-2-3 finish at the event back in 1966, race organisers have confirmed.

The four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will all race in the GTE Pro class at the legendary endurance event across the weekend of June 18-19, and will run with the numbers 66 and 67, which are the numbers the team use in FIA World Endurance Championship, plus 68 and 69, which will be the two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship cars.

“I’m very happy that we can run all four Ford GTs at Le Mans,” said Chip Ganassi, the owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “It will be a big challenge for us but one we are thrilled to undertake.

“We have prepared well and can’t wait to get the Ford GTs onto the track there and show everyone what they can do.”

The Ford GT made its on-track debut at last weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours, but numerous mechanical issues and teething problems meant they were never in contention for class victory, although both saw the chequered flag albeit a number of laps down.

The driver line-ups for the four Le Mans entries will be announced at a later date.