Over the weekend, the Ford GT began its FIA World Endurance Championship campaign in fine style at the 6 Hours of Silverstone at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #67 Ford GT — driven by Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani — earned the pole position and held onto that spot to take the win in the first WEC race of the season.

The Ford GT kicked off the WEC in Silverstone by earning both the pole position and the win in the first race of the season.

“The car was really good,” driver Andy Priaulxsaid. “From the start of Free Practice 1 yesterday we have steadily improved the car every session. For me everything came together in qualifying and I had the perfect lap so I am really happy. We’ve been performing at 100 percent; we’re not holding it back. We have a long race ahead of us tomorrow but we have a great car for the long distance. We have worked on tire degradation and we’ve worked on setting a good balance so it all looks good.”

Drivers Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Pipo Derani piloted the #67 GT to the victory, with Harry Ticknell closing out the race behind the wheel.

Driver Andy Priaulx posted a 1:55.858-minute lap, while Harry Tincknell ran a 1:56.546. The average of these runs was good enough for the pole.

“That’s the way to start a new season,” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell said after the 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday. “It was a fantastic effort from the guys on the #67 car with Andy being fast straight out of the box, followed up by Harry. The new Michelin tires for 2017 are working exceptionally well so let’s see what the race brings. It was a little bit disappointing for #66. We went slightly astray with the set up over lunch but I’m sure we can fix that for tomorrow.”