Ford reveals GT driver lineup for 24 Hours of Le Mans

by Daniel Lloyd

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has completed its lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Billy Johnson and Harry Tincknell are the four latest drivers to join the GTE-Pro class programme.

Bourdais will be reunited with his Rolex 24 team-mates Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand in the #68 Ford GT, while IndyCar champion Dixon joins Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe in the #69 car. Dixon, despite being a regular in the team’s Rolex 24 lineup, will make his Le Mans debut in 2016.

The #67 machine features an all-British crew, as 2014 Le Mans class winner Tincknell takes his place alongside FIA World Endurance Championship full-season drivers Andy Priaulx and Marino Franchitti. The trio will also compete at the opening two rounds of the FIA WEC at Silverstone and Spa.

Completing the order is Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge front-runner Johnson, who will make his Le Mans debut this year. Johnson is marked in the #66 car with Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla who are also running the full FIA WEC campaign.

“We are pleased to have a very strong driver line-up for our return to the Le Mans 24 Hours,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development. “We’ve assembled a talented and experienced team on all fronts and we are all focused on creating a new chapter in Ford’s history at Le Mans.”

“Personally and as an organisation we are thrilled to be racing at Le Mans this year,” added Chip Ganassi. “As a driver I raced there once back in 1987 and I have been looking to get back there ever since. To be going with Ford and the new GT makes it all the more special and the talent assembled in this driver line-up just adds to the anticipation.”

The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on June 18-19 with Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin all competing the GTE-Pro category.

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