During the second leg of the 2016 World Endurance Championship the infamous Eau Rouge corner on the Spa-Francorchamps’ had another victim – the number 66 Ford GT.
The vehicles, an official Ford Motor Company entry made in partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, was handled by Stefan Mucke – who was fortunate enough to walk away almost unscathed – he suffered minor leg bruises and was quickly cleared by the circuit’s medical center. Following he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure and Ford later reported all green on his health condition. We have a video of the crash and we can clearly see the GT being trashed quite a bit. The model had prior issues with the turbo and that positioned it out of the fight for a podium finish in the GTE Pro class when traveling at speed it suddenly lost rear traction – it then entered a spinner that made it crash into a tire wall.
Fortunately for the US automaker the number 67 piloted by Andy Priaulx, Marino Franchitti and Harry Tincknell, took home the third spot in the class for the automaker’s first trophy in the WEC. The first win for the new GT was actually scored a week before by the number 67 Ford fighting in the 2016 United Sportscar Championship’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, where it achieved a GTLM class victory.