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We couldn’t wait for the Ford GT race car to hit the track at Silverstone. So we designed our own “Silverstone” circuit, taking in London landmarks, on one eye-catching but very slow lap.

The Ford GT race car followed a route that started and finished at London Underground station Southwark – loaded aboard a Clear Idea transport truck.

But instead of Becketts it was Old Spitalfields Market, instead of Hangar Straight it was Tower Bridge, and instead of Club it was Elephant and Castle.

At a shade over two hours we are declaring the 11.9-mile journey through congested central London traffic a new record – as the slowest “Silverstone” lap ever. Luckily, tourists and office workers were quicker off the mark with smart phones and cameras to capture the historic event.

The FIA World Endurance Championship gets under way this weekend at 12:00 BST on Sunday, April 17 – with our two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing “WEC” Ford GTs making their competitive debut.

Olivier Pla will race the #66 Ford GT with Stefan Mücke and Billy Johnson. Andy Priaulx will share the #67 Ford GT with Marino Franchitti and Harry Tincknell.

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