The GT – along with Ford’s other big news for FOS 2017, the all-new Fiesta at the other end of the performance scale – will be here all weekend. One of its drivers is the racer Billy Johnson who accompanied Lord March up the hill for the debut run.
Billy – fourth in the GT at Le Mans last year – has been instrumental in the car’s development and testing. ”I have done thousands of miles in the new GT and it is a fantastic car. My advice to Lord March? Have fun!
“The street GT is the closest to the GTE Pro racing car you can get. It even has the FIA roll cage in it. But it is also a very easy car to drive on the road. One of my favourite things is the hydraulic steering. The car will understeer or oversteer if you tell it to. It is one of the best driving cars about.”
Billy, along with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, will be taking the very yellow GT up the hill at regular intervals all weekend, as well as the new Mustang GT4 racing car.
Photography by James Lynch