Harry Tincknell is a rising light in the world of sportscar racing. After winning the European Le Mans Series and the LMP2 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours at his first attempt in 2014, he’s gone on to become a key member of Ford’s assault on the GTE class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
What was the first Ford you drove? Probably my friends’ Fiesta, after I passed my driving test.
What is your favourite Ford performance car? The Ford Mustang GT. There isn’t a better bang per buck on the market. Now it’s available with right-hand-drive in the UK, it’s perfect.
What is your favourite on-screen appearance for a Ford? The 24-Hour War, about Ford’s assault on Le Mans in 1966. It was great to learn the history of the programme, then make our own history with Ford by winning Le Mans 50 years later in 2016.
You started in single-seaters. What made you move into sportscars? I’ve been mentored and managed by [three-times Le Mans winner] Allan McNish since I was 16, so I always had sportscars in mind. It seemed a good move in terms of a professional career, and the chance to try and win races at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring lets you go down in the history books. For 2014, I got the opportunity to join Jota Sport’s LMP2 team, and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed the right choice.
What was the biggest difference between single-seaters and sportcars? Jota’s LMP2 car was similar to the Formula 3 I’d been driving in terms of power-to-weight, but I had to learn the bigger picture of multi-class endurance racing – saving fuel, looking after tyres, dealing with traffic, and sharing a car with another driver. In single-seaters your team-mate is your number one enemy. In sportscars he’s your number one ally. But I really bought into that idea of working together as a team.