Derani joins Ford for Le Mans

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Brazil­ian dri­ver Luís Felipe Derani will dri­ve for Ford in the first three rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship sea­son, Ford Chip Ganas­si Rac­ing con­firmed yes­ter­day. The 23-year-old Brazil­ian enjoyed a break­though year in 2016, win­ning the Rolex 24 at Day­tona and the 12 Hours of Sebring over­all for Extreme Speed Motor­sports and fin­ish­ing fourth in the FIA Endurance Tro­phy for LMP2 Dri­vers in the WEC.

Derani has been con­firmed to join Andy Pri­aulx and Har­ry Tinck­nell in the #67 Ford Chip Ganas­si Rac­ing Team UK, gath­er­ing vital race expe­ri­ence at the 6 Hours of Sil­ver­stone and 6 Hours of Spa-Fran­cor­champs before com­pet­ing at the endurance clas­sic at Le Mans in June. “I am delight­ed and proud to have been cho­sen to rep­re­sent such a suc­cess­ful and respect­ed man­u­fac­tur­er like Ford,” said Derani. “To race for an organ­i­sa­tion like the Ford Chip Ganas­si Rac­ing Team has been one of my aims since start­ing in rac­ing and to be recog­nised and select­ed by them is a big deal for me.”

The way that the Ford GT has per­formed in endurance rac­ing over the last 12 months has been excep­tion­al and I am very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the team to try and bring more suc­cess in the FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship and to defend the Le Mans LMGTE Pro title,” con­clud­ed Derani.

Along­side his new Ford com­mit­ments, Derani will also com­pete in the Tequi­la Patrón North Amer­i­can Endurance Cup as part of the Weath­erTech Unit­ed Sports­car Cham­pi­onship for Extreme Speed Motor­sports in 2017.

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