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December 17, 2018

Müller: First IMSA win ‘a matter of time’

Müller: First IMSA win ‘a matter of time’
Photo Credit To Gary Parravani/www.Xynamic.com

Le Mans winner Dirk Müller believes it is only a matter of time until he and Joey Hand secure a first win in the IMSA Sportscar Championship, having watched Ford team-mates Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe sweep the last three races in succession.

Müller, Hand and Sebastien Bourdais had the honour of delivering victory for the Blue Oval on their return to La Sarthe in June, fifty years after the Ford GT40’s podium clean sweep in 1966, but the German isn’t content to sit back and allow his team-mates to hog the limelight back in the US.

Westbrook and Briscoe took the GT’s first win at Laguna Seca in May, before leading a dominant Ford 1-2 in the 6 Hours of the Glen and once again prevailing on strategy at Mosport to climb to within eight points of season-long leaders Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.

This weekend’s visit to Lime Rock Park will give Müller and Hand in the No. 66 a chance to set that to rights, although a 15 kg weight increase and reduction in boost pressure introduced after Watkins Glen means they no longer have a decisive single-lap advantage.

“We seem to be winning everywhere, every time, every weekend right now, we’re very happy with the way our team is working together,” said Müller. “It looked good in Laguna Seca and it looked good for us at Mosport, too, but at Laguna we didn’t have the fuel and last weekend got caught by the full-course yellow.

“Winning is nice for the whole team and both groups have the big wins, which helps. I’m enjoying myself, but we want to push to get our 66 car to victory this year in IMSA. It’s not easy but we’re going for it, it’s a matter of time. We have the speed, the crew and the pitstops, until now we just haven’t had the final luck.”

Müller added that the enormity of Le Mans has now finally sunken in after a visit to the Ford’s World Headquarters in Dearborn for a celebratory event with company employees, where he received a commemorative watch from Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr.

“Finally, yes – after seeing so many smiling faces and getting the special present from Bill in Dearborn last week, it definitely feels like we won at Le Mans now, but I have to admit it took a few days!” he said. “For me it was probably on the way home, Monday, maybe Tuesday after the race, before it really set in.”

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James Newbold

James Newbold is Racing.GT's Editor. He graduated from a politics degree at the University of East Anglia in 2015, which should help him navigate through the political minefield that is GT racing. He likes Marmite on toast and Oreo cookies. Speaks Spanish, but only when no one is looking.