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JUN 18, 2016 | By Ford Performance Staff

Le Mans Update: No. 68 Ford GT Wins GTE Pro Class at Le Mans 24 Hours

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Le MANS, France -- Fifty years to the day following the 1966 Le Mans 1-2-3, the No. 68 Ford GT has won the GTE Pro Class at the Le Mans 24 Hours. This is the first win for Ford at Le Mans since 1980.

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Posted at 3:20 a.m. EDT

LE MANS, France -- Not much had changed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the time daylight broke. Although the No. 68 Ford GT had closed to within a dozen seconds of the lead after a series of pit stops, it was flagged for a drive-through penalty just before the 18-hour mark for refueling while the engine was running. 

Meanwhile, the resiliency of the No. 67 Ford GT started to pay off. After suffering a trifecta of bad breaks early, steady laps and returned reliability allowed it to rise to 9th during the six-hour segment. 

As the downhill sprint to the finish began in the race's final quarter, Dirk Mueller in the No. 68 Ford GT was trying to reel in the leading No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE from 2nd while Richard Westbrook gave chase in the No. 69 Ford GT from 3rd. 

Stefan Mucke and the No. 66 Ford GT remained in 5th, just under two laps off the pace. 

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Posted at 9:20 p.m. EDT

LE MANS, France - As darkness approached during the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, the teams settled in for the gutty portion of a 24-hour race. Unfortunately, as darkness fell, a problem illuminated for the No. 66 Ford GT.

Forced into the pits to repair a faulty electronic scoring panel just past the eight-hour mark, the trio of Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson would fall two laps off the GTE Pro leader's pace. 

More trouble found the No. 67 Ford GT, as it found itself off course and had to be towed back to the garage, before once again emerging from the pits. 

An unfortunately timed safety car for oil on the track in the middle of the leaders' pit stop cycles caused the No. 68 and 69 Ford GTs, running 1-2 at the time, to slide back to 2nd and 3rd position, with a spaced gap behind the now-leading No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE. 

As the race's midpoint approached, Ryan Briscoe (No. 69) and Joey Hand (No. 68) were still giving chase to the No. 82 on the lead lap, with Mucke in the No. 66 in 8th place, one lap off the lead pace. The No. 67 sat 13th in class, with Harry Tincknell at the wheel.

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Posted at 3:20 p.m. EDT

After 6 Hours, Top Ford GT Entries Stand 1-2-4

LE MANS, France -- A historical throwback moment and an unfortunate mishap highlighted the first six hours of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

At one point, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs were running 1-2-3, of varying order, between the No. 66, No. 68 and No. 69, and all three putting down blistering lap times in the area of 3:52.

Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for Ford's return to France's hallowed ground. The No. 67 Ford GT had to start the race in the garage after a concern around the gearbox bubbled up just prior to the race's warm-up laps.

Thanks to a safety car-led start, the first such start in the event's history due to heavy rain, the No. 67 Ford GT lost just two laps, and headed back on track prior to the green flag. Unfortunately, not long after, it would have to come back in for repairs and lost multiple laps on a lengthy gearbox repair.

At the six-hour mark, just after a series of pit stops and driver changes, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais led the field in the No. 68 Ford GT, followed by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE in 2nd and Scott Dixon's No. 69 Ford GT in 3rd. Billy Johnson had also just started his first stint in the No. 66 Ford GT in 4th.

"We had the problem at the start with the 67 car," said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president for Product Development and Chief Technical Officer. "It's very early, but we're running good times and just settling into a pace. (The GTs) are probably the fastest cars on the track right now."

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Posted at 10:30 a.m. EDT

Race Gets Under Way in Rain

LE MANS, France -- The 2016 version of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is officially under way as Ford returns to the race it first won exactly 50 years ago.

There were plenty of pre-race activities for Ford today, including a pre-race lap by the 2017 production Ford GT driven by Raj Nair (pictured below, right), Ford executive vice president for Product Development and Chief Technical Officer.

The 2017 Ford GT was followed by the three Ford GT40 race cars that finished 1-2-3 in the 1966 race, including the No. 2 race winner being driven by owner Rob Kauffman with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford riding shotgun.

Shortly before the race began, a massive rainstorm rolled through. And five minutes before the start, the No. 67 Ford GT, with Andy Priaulx, was rolled into the garage to work on a gearbox issue. The car made repairs and started the race two laps down.

The other three Ford GTs started the race behind the safety car, which remained pacing the field for the first 53 minutes of the event.

LE MANS, France - A historical throwback moment and an unfortunate mishap highlighted the first six hours of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. 
 
At one point, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT's were running 1-2-3, of varying order, between the No. 66, No. 68 and No. 69, and all three putting down blistering lap times in the area of 3:52
 
Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for Ford's return to France's hallowed ground. The No. 67 Ford GT had to start the race in the garage after a concern around the gearbox bubbled up just prior to the race's warm-up laps. 
 
Thanks to a safety car led start, the first such start in the event's history, due to heavy rain, the No. 67 Ford GT lost just two laps, and headed back on track prior to the green flag. Unfortunately, not long after, it would have to come back in for repairs and lost multiple laps on a lengthy gearbox repair. 
 
At the six hour mark, just after a series of pit stops and driver changes, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais led the field in the No. 68 Ford GT, followed by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE in 2nd and Scott Dixon's No. 69 Ford GT in 3rd. Billy Johnson had also just started his first stint in the No. 66 Ford GT in 4th. 
LE MANS, France - A historical throwback moment and an unfortunate mishap highlighted the first six hours of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. 
 
At one point, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT's were running 1-2-3, of varying order, between the No. 66, No. 68 and No. 69, and all three putting down blistering lap times in the area of 3:52
 
Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for Ford's return to France's hallowed ground. The No. 67 Ford GT had to start the race in the garage after a concern around the gearbox bubbled up just prior to the race's warm-up laps. 
 
Thanks to a safety car led start, the first such start in the event's history, due to heavy rain, the No. 67 Ford GT lost just two laps, and headed back on track prior to the green flag. Unfortunately, not long after, it would have to come back in for repairs and lost multiple laps on a lengthy gearbox repair. 
 
At the six hour mark, just after a series of pit stops and driver changes, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais led the field in the No. 68 Ford GT, followed by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE in 2nd and Scott Dixon's No. 69 Ford GT in 3rd. Billy Johnson had also just started his first stint in the No. 66 Ford GT in 4th. 
LE MANS, France - A historical throwback moment and an unfortunate mishap highlighted the first six hours of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. 
 
At one point, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT's were running 1-2-3, of varying order, between the No. 66, No. 68 and No. 69, and all three putting down blistering lap times in the area of 3:52
 
Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for Ford's return to France's hallowed ground. The No. 67 Ford GT had to start the race in the garage after a concern around the gearbox bubbled up just prior to the race's warm-up laps. 
 
Thanks to a safety car led start, the first such start in the event's history, due to heavy rain, the No. 67 Ford GT lost just two laps, and headed back on track prior to the green flag. Unfortunately, not long after, it would have to come back in for repairs and lost multiple laps on a lengthy gearbox repair. 
 
At the six hour mark, just after a series of pit stops and driver changes, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais led the field in the No. 68 Ford GT, followed by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE in 2nd and Scott Dixon's No. 69 Ford GT in 3rd. Billy Johnson had also just started his first stint in the No. 66 Ford GT in 4th. 
LE MANS, France - A historical throwback moment and an unfortunate mishap highlighted the first six hours of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. 
 
At one point, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT's were running 1-2-3, of varying order, between the No. 66, No. 68 and No. 69, and all three putting down blistering lap times in the area of 3:52
 
Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for Ford's return to France's hallowed ground. The No. 67 Ford GT had to start the race in the garage after a concern around the gearbox bubbled up just prior to the race's warm-up laps. 
 
Thanks to a safety car led start, the first such start in the event's history, due to heavy rain, the No. 67 Ford GT lost just two laps, and headed back on track prior to the green flag. Unfortunately, not long after, it would have to come back in for repairs and lost multiple laps on a lengthy gearbox repair. 
 
At the six hour mark, just after a series of pit stops and driver changes, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais led the field in the No. 68 Ford GT, followed by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE in 2nd and Scott Dixon's No. 69 Ford GT in 3rd. Billy Johnson had also just started his first stint in the No. 66 Ford GT in 4th. 
LE MANS, France - A historical throwback moment and an unfortunate mishap highlighted the first six hours of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours. 
 
At one point, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT's were running 1-2-3, of varying order, between the No. 66, No. 68 and No. 69, and all three putting down blistering lap times in the area of 3:52
 
Unfortunately, it wasn't all good news for Ford's return to France's hallowed ground. The No. 67 Ford GT had to start the race in the garage after a concern around the gearbox bubbled up just prior to the race's warm-up laps. 
 
Thanks to a safety car led start, the first such start in the event's history, due to heavy rain, the No. 67 Ford GT lost just two laps, and headed back on track prior to the green flag. Unfortunately, not long after, it would have to come back in for repairs and lost multiple laps on a lengthy gearbox repair. 
 
At the six hour mark, just after a series of pit stops and driver changes, Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais led the field in the No. 68 Ford GT, followed by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE in 2nd and Scott Dixon's No. 69 Ford GT in 3rd. Billy Johnson had also just started his first stint in the No. 66 Ford GT in 4th.