Double duty pays off for Tincknell at Silverstone

Harry Tincknell had a busy weekend at Silverstone last weekend, competing in both the European Le Mans Series event on Saturday as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship race on Sunday.

The Briton secured his third series victory in the Four Hours of Silverstone during Saturday’s ELMS race with G-Drive Racing, before finishing fourth in the Six Hours of Silverstone for Ford GT in WEC on Sunday.

Teaming up with Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde on Saturday, Tincknell and his team-mates secured a comfortable LMP2 class victory, and one that the Briton was very happy with to start his busy season.

“A comfortable victory is a great way to start the season so I’m absolutely delighted,” revealed Tincknell. “The start was tricky on the damp track which caught a few cars out.

“I took the lead at Brooklands and managed to pull away. I tried to manage the tyres the best I could with the aim of giving Simon [Dolan] the car with a healthy lead which worked out perfectly.

“Simon did a first class job while Giedo finished the job off in style. Apart from the start and considering the large grid, it was a clean race. Roll on Imola is all I can say!”

Credit: Adrenal Media
Credit: Adrenal Media

Tincknell returned to the track on Sunday to compete alongside Andy Priaulx and Marino Franchitti for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK, giving the Ford GT its series debut, and was happy to bring the car home in a relatively competitive fourth place in the LMGTE Pro class.

“I’m absolutely delighted with what we achieved,” said Tincknell. “I enjoyed a great run and personally it was mega to be first Ford home after coming out on top of a good battle with ‘Oli’ [Olivier Pla].

“Both Fords clocked up 165 race laps equating to over 1,200 miles which gives the engineers loads of important data to plough through. I enjoyed a mistake-free run while setting good average lap times.

“The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing guys did a great job in the pits and everything ran pretty smoothly with the Ford GT which was great for its first WEC race.”