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27th January 2017, 01:57 PM
I thought I'd start a thread for the two major Ford sportscar campaigns -- Ford GT in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA Weathertech Endurance Championships and Mustang GT4 in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

If you want to catch them live, IMSA.tv (http://www.IMSA.tv) streams it live and free or if you have a mobile device, I'd highly recommend downloading the free IMSA app (http://imsatv.imsa.com/mobile-apps). When you register, it will change the race times to your local time so you know when the race is on, live timing and scoring, selected in-car cameras etc.

27th January 2017, 02:00 PM
Martin Leads Mustang Front Row Lockout at Daytona
Ryan Myrehn


The new Ford Mustang will start 1-2 for the BMW Endurance Challenge, with Dean Martin in the KohR Motorsports No. 59 machine edging the Multimatic Motorsports-run car driven by Scott Maxwell by just 0.034 seconds for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opener.

Martin’s time of 1:55.754 unofficially broke the existing class track record which had been held by Jade Buford since 2014. Coincidentally, Buford is Maxwell’s teammate this weekend in the No. 15 Mustang.

KohR Motorsports’ pole comes as something of a coup for the first customer program for Ford’s new challenger, which edged its factory-supported counterpart to start first. The team only took delivery of the car at its North Carolina base at 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

The car turned just two laps in Practice 2 and missed all of Practice 3 while dealing with a vibration before returning for Practice 4 just before qualifying after an extensive search for the root of the problem.

Matt Plumb will start third in the No. 76 McLaren 570S GT4 for C360R and Dylan Murcott’s No. 28 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR will start fourth.

In ST, Connor Bloum earned the class pole position for RS1 in the No. 18 Porsche Cayman that he will share with Aurora Straus and Nick Longhi in tomorrow’s race.

It was Bloum’s first-career Continental Tire Challenge pole position in his first-ever qualifying attempt; Bloum’s co-driver has qualified the car in all of his previous series starts according to IMSA Radio.

The San Diego native set the fast time of 2:04.900 on his third timed lap. That time was never truly threatened, with Pierre Kleinubing in the No. 75 C360 Audi S3 checking in 0.498 seconds adrift in second.

Derek Jones in the No. 73 MINI JCW will start third with Jeff Mosing’s No. 65 Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman alongside in fourth.

The BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona is set for 12:15 p.m.. ET on Friday with live coverage available at IMSA.com with a telecast scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. ET on FS1.

27th January 2017, 02:11 PM
Video tour of the Mustang GT4 (https://www.facebook.com/FordPerformance/videos/10154834815118820/)

27th January 2017, 02:13 PM
Hand Leads Ford 1-2-3 Qualifying Sweep in GTLM

By James Newbold
January 26, 2017


Joey Hand led a top-three sweep for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in GT Le Mans qualifying for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Californian’s benchmark time of 1:43.473 in the No. 66 Ford GT was 0.231 seconds quicker than team-mate Richard Westbrook’s No. 67 car, with Olivier Pla completing the top three in No. 68 Ford, despite a spin at the Horseshoe.

Hand will share driving duties with fellow 24 Hours of Le Mans class winners Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, as part of Ford’s four-car effort for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

Toni Vilander will start fourth in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, ahead of the best-placed of the new Porsche 911 RSRs, the No. 911 driven by Patrick Pilet and Andy Priaulx’s No. 69 Ford.

Defending winners Corvette Racing could not match the pace of the front-running Fords and will start from seventh and ninth in class.

The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen was the quickest of the two, eight-tenths off pole, with Oliver Gavin’s No. 4 car a further four tenths behind.

The two BMW M6 GTLMs rounded out the field in tenth and eleventh positions. Bill Auberlen in the No. 19 car and John Edwards’ No. 24 lapped 1.2 and 1.5 seconds respectively slower than Hand.

In GT Daytona, Ferrari 488 GT3s locked out the front row, as the No. 51 Sprit of Race entry driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi edged Scuderia Corsa’s Alessandro Balzan by a mere 0.018 seconds.

Pier Guidi rocketed to a quick time of 1:47.099 in the AF Corse-run Ferrari.

The single Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in the field, driven by FIA World Endurance Championship GT Drivers champion Marco Sorensen was the best of the rest, a full 0.635 seconds slower than Pier Guidi in third.

The Dane will share row two with the Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Daytona rookie Matteo Cairoli, with Mirko Bortolotti’s Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 fifth and Connor De Phillippi sixth in the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS.

Defending GTD winner Andy Lally ensured Acura were the best of the newcomers in seventh, while 3GT Racing’s Scott Pruett was the fastest Lexus RC F GT3 driver in 13th in class.

The Mercedes-AMG teams decided against showing their hand in qualifying. Boris Said’s SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 was quickest of the three cars entered and will start 18th in the 27-car field.

The 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona gets underway Saturday at 2:30 p.m., with live coverage on FOX.

28th January 2017, 12:18 AM
Good stuff, I'm tracking it all through twitter. But glad theres a more in depth write. So I'll reading for sure

28th January 2017, 06:33 PM
Not a great day for the Mustangs in the Daytona CTSC race. After qualifying 1-2, Scott Maxwell in the factory Ford Performance No. 15 entry jumped Dean Martin in the customer Kohr Motorsports No.59 on the start. The Mustangs appeared to be dominating when the No.59 suffered a driveline failure, triggering the second of three full course yellows.
Following the third yellow, it looked like a good old fashioned Ford vs Porsche fight to the finish after Scott Maxwell fought back after a pit-lane drive through for speeding in pit lane. However, with just 16 minutes to go, the No. 15 Mustang was again penalised for spinning its wheels during the last round of pit stops, having to serve another drive-through, ending any hopes for a Mustang victory. Maxwell eventually salvaged a 5th place with Martin managing 14th after his drive line failure.