Andy Priaulx says joining Ford upon its entry into the World Endurance Championship is 'such a privilege' as he prepares to get behind the wheel of one of its two Ford GT entries.
The three-time World Touring Car Champion has been confirmed as one of four drivers for Ford's attack on the GT class for the Le Mans 24 Hours and a full 2016 WEC campaign alongside Olivier Pla, Stefan Mucke and Marino Franchitti.
The GT is set to make its debut at this month's Rolex 24 at Daytona before two cars take on both the American-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the WEC, with Ford aiming for four GT Pro entries for Le Mans 24 Hours on the 50th anniversary of its famous 1-2-3 win.
Priaulx, who finished runner-up in the European Le Mans Series last year with BMW Sports Trophy Marc VDS, has contested Le Mans 24 Hours on two previous occasions with BMW, achieving a rostrum result of third place in GTE Pro in 2011. The 41-year-old is also a former winner of the Nurburgring 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours.
The Guernsey-born driver says he's thrilled to join such a prestigious team and is relishing the prospect of producing a world title-challenger.
“A new project is always exciting but for me to be driving for Ford in the WEC is just on another level,” Priaulx said. “I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the car and start the preparations for the season. Any motorsport fan will remember the iconic Ford GT40 cars of the past, and for me to be part of this programme 50 years after Ford's historic win at Le Mans is such a privilege.”
Priaulx bids goodbye to touring car racing after briefly returning to the British Touring Car Championship for 2015 alongside his ELMS campaigns and now begins a new chapter as a full-time sportscars endurance driver.