50 years ago Ford took on the very best of motorsport in one of the toughest motor races in the world. After a bitter spat with Ferrari they decided to try and beat them at their own game. The plan was to take victory from them at the Le Mans 24 Hour. It sounded a bit far fetched that the blue oval would beat the prancing horse, let alone at such a prestigious event. 5 decades ago Ford crossed the line 1, 2, 3, with their Ford GT40. History has a funny way of repeating itself… The Ford GT has won its class at the 2017 Le Mans instalment.
It was almost like a fairytale as the number 68 Ford GT roared across the line ahead of the Ferrari 488 that chased it. Whilst there was a tussling of positions in the night, as day broke the GT once again led its class. This car has dominated the entire event taking pole position and consistently setting the fastest lap. It crossed the line to win the GT Pro class. The other cars finished third and fourth in class, but Ferrari ignored a stop/go penalty that could result in punishment. It is still possible for Ford to be awarded a 1, 2, 3.
A key element of success for the 2017 Ford GT at Le Mans was that the road car on which it is based, was designed to be a race car. Its extreme aerodynamics are found in the DNA of both cars and so this competitive advantage was born from the very beginning. Ford are still deciding who shall receive one of their road cars, but after this iconic victory in the 2017 Le Mans race, owners of the new GT will surely see the value of their prized possession rise even higher.
Porsche took overall victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour. The Germans were quick and consistent, but it was Toyota that lead the race until the dying moments. A cruel twist of fate saw the number 5 Toyota TS050 lose power. It limped back into the pits and rejoined second, however, its final lap was too slow to qualify. The number 6 Toyota came second whilst team Audi took the last spot on the podium. It was a total tragedy for Toyota, but as the saying goes, “in order to finish first, first you have to finish”.
Congratulations to everyone who finished the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hour and commiserations to those who did not.