Ford has bolstered its hopes of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours on its return to the endurance classic after being granted four entries in the GTE class.

Half a century on from its historic win with the Ford GT, the modern day version will set its sights on the GTE Pro victory again as part of an assault on the World Endurance Championship.

However, though two entries were guaranteed with its WEC entry, the ACO has confirmed Ford will be allowed to also enter its two cars that also compete in the American WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

In what is set to be a hugely competitive GT field, Ford will go up against a trio of Ferraris - which will run its new 488 GT -, two Aston Martins, three Porsches and two Corvettes.

"I'm very happy that we can run all four Ford GTs at Le Mans," said Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. "It will be a big challenge for us but one we are thrilled to undertake. We have prepared well and can't wait to get the Ford GTs onto the track there and show everyone what they can do."

The Ford GT made its competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this week, where it finished seventh and ninth in class.

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