Ford GT Crashes Hard in 2016 WEC’s 6 Hours of Spa
Spa-Francorchamps’ infamous Eau Rouge corner claimed another victim in the form of the No. 66 Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT in yesterday’s 6 Hours of Spa, the second race of the 2016 World Endurance Championship.
The car, one of two GTs fielded by Ford in partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, was driven at the time by Stefan Mucke. Fortunately he walked away with only some leg bruises and was cleared by the circuit’s medical center. Nevertheless he was later taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, and Ford today gave the all clear.
As the video from Speed shows, his GT was banged up pretty good. The car, which was already out of contention for a podium finish in the GTE Pro class due to turbo issues, was traveling at speed when the rear lost traction. The car then entered a spin and ended up crashing into a tire wall.
It wasn’t all bad news for Ford. The second GT, car No. 67 piloted by Andy Priaulx, Marino Franchitti, and Harry Tincknell, finished third in class to secure Ford its first trophy in the WEC. The podium finish came just a week after the No. 67 Ford GT competing in the 2016 United Sportscar Championship’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca took home the GTLM class victory. Securing that first win for the new GT was Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook.
The overall winner of the 6 Hours of Spa was the No. 8 Audi R18. Coming second was the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, and third was the No. 13 Rebellion R-One.