Following their success in Shanghai earlier this month, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s ace driver Harry Tincknell hopes ‘history can repeat itself’ with victory in Saturday’s Bahrain 6 Hours.
Tincknell and his team-mate Andy Priaulx, sealed their second GTE-Pro class triumph of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the six hours race in China. And the pair will be back behind the wheel for the season-finale with still everything to play for.
Chip Ganassi Racing are third in the LMGTE Pro Teams standings with 131 points, behind Germany’s Team Manthey (133) and leader Italy’s AF Corse (146).
Tincknell, 26, is fully aware of the task ahead but says the Shanghai win gives them a lot of confidence going into the race in the kingdom.
“We know we want to win the championship of course and we’re 15 points back so realistically we probably need to win the race,” he said.
“But we’re just going to go out there like every other race and do the best job we can. We had some races today where we absolutely nailed it and finished fourth and that’s the maximum we could do in races that we could’ve won.
“We just have to do the maximum we can and walk away from the track on Saturday night knowing that we gave everything that we could. It’s going to be very difficult because it’s going to be very hot in Bahrain.
“It’s going to be a full team effort and will need the support of the mechanics and the strategy will have to be spot on. As we proved in Shanghai, we can do it and let’s hope history repeats itself in Bahrain.”
For Priaulx, he will look back at the season with a lot of positives.
“There’s been 12 months of racing and intense pressure and to still be in it, is something we should all be proud as team,” he said.
“We won two championship rounds this year but the most impressive thing is winning rounds when under pressure like last weekend in Shanghai and we delivered as a team.”
The 22-year-old Brit, who was crowned the 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and finished third at the coveted Indy500 in his maiden season with Dale Coyne Racing, has now switched his allegiances.
He will drive the No.10 NTT DATA Honda next year and team-up with New Zealander Scott Dixon, who has four IndyCar titles to his name, as well as an Indy500 crown and 41 race victories overall.
“This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT DATA. Chip runs one of the biggest and best motor racing teams in the world, and equally as important, is a proven winner across each series he competes in from Le Mans to Indianapolis and beyond,” Jones, who captured the Indy Lights title in 2016, said.
He continued: “I want to get up to speed quickly and learn as much as I can. Scott is a legend in the sport, and to get the chance to team with him is an amazing opportunity. I think I’m joining the team at a perfect time when the playing field is being reset with common aero kits, and everyone is adjusting to a new formula. I’m really looking forward to getting in the car and getting underway with our 2018 campaign.”
Chip Ganassi, the team’s owner, spoke of his admiration for the young Brit after the remarkable start to his career: “We’ve been following Ed’s career for quite some time now and are pleased we are able to add him to strengthen our line-up. He has a year of IndyCar racing under his belt now and is the type of young talent that we were looking for. We can’t wait to get him on the race track.”
— Ed Jones (@Edjonesracing) October 25, 2017
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