The Multimatic Motorsports of Markham developed No. 68 Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (GER) crossed the finish line at Le Mans at three o’clock on Sunday, as the overall GT winner of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The No. 69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Scott Dixon (NZ) and Richard Westbrook (GB) joined the winners on the podium after scoring third place.
The Nos. 66 and 67 Ford GTs finished in fourth and ninth places, respectively.
Multimatic Motorsports is the competition arm of Multimatic Engineering, one of Canada’s largest and most successful engineering organizations.
For Multimatic, motorsports is a high-speed laboratory where innovative engineering, creative thinking and rapid problem solving are imperative for success. Motorsports provides an excellent opportunity for Multimatic to create and test new technologies that can be transferred to production oriented projects.
“This is an historic moment for the Ford Motor Company,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.
“We dared to dream that we could return to Le Mans, 50 years after the incredible 1966 win, and take on the toughest competition in the world. The pride we all felt when the Ford GT crossed the line at Le Mans is indescribable.
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First unveiled to the media at Le Mans last year, the Ford GT’s Le Mans victory comes 395 days after the car turned a wheel for the first time on May 20, 2015, at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada.
A Herculean effort from the Ford Chip Ganassi team has transformed the car into a Le Mans winner in just over one year.
The No. 66 Ford GT earns maximum FIA World Endurance Championship points from this event, which fires up the competition for the remainder of the WEC season.
The IMSA Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team is flying high all the way back to the US for the next round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen on July 3.
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