Busy Weekend for Matt Griffin in Silverstone!
April 16, 2014 by Dave Mint
Ferrari GT driver, Matt Griffin, will be one of the busiest men in Northamptonshire as he tackles the 1st round of both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), at Silverstone this coming weekend.
In the WEC, Matt will re-join Ram Racing, a team that he has already tasted success with after winning the GTE class championship in the European Le Man Series last season. The Irishman will pilot the number 52 Ferrari 458 GTE, with new team mate Alvaro Parente in the GTE Pro class race that takes place on Sunday.
“Ram Racing is a really top team and we had a fantastic season in 2013, I honestly think we can build on that. WEC, in the GT Pro class is a big step up, it’s the top level of GT racing worldwide, but I think we have the ingredients to fight at the front of the field”. Griffin explained.
Having completed 4 days of pre-season testing, Griffin feels the team are in a good place heading in to this weekend “We have had a very good build up to the season, Alvaro (Parente) and I have been working well together and I think we are well prepared heading into the Sunday’s 6hr race.”
In the 4 hour long ELMS race on Saturday, Northamptonshire based Matt will drive for the crack Italian team AF Corse, a team that he has driven for since 2008. Alongside familiar co drivers Duncan Cameron and Michele Rugolo, Griffin will compete in the GTE class in the number 55 Ferrari 458 GTE.
“I am feeling very confident heading into Saturdays ELMS race. AF Corse knows how to win championships and so far we have been very fast in testing. In the ELMS Championship, the competition is really strong” noted Griffin.
Having set the 2nd fastest time in the recent official ELMS test at Paul Ricard, the well experienced Ferrari driver feels he is in with a chance of claiming back to back ELMS championships. “Realistically, there are 5 to 6 cars that will challenge for the championship, but I am sure that we are one of those cars. We will have to take the championship race by race, but winning back to back ELMS Championships would be a dream come true”.
Griffin has the strange situation of driving for AF Corse in the ELMS race on Saturday and driving against AF Corse in the WEC race on Sunday, however, he does not see this posing any problem.
“Driving for AF and also against them in the same weekend might seem a bit strange, but for me it’s quite normal. Both Ram Racing and AF Corse are part of the Ferrari family and in the WEC our biggest job will be beating Porsche and Aston Martin.”
The popular weekend starts on Friday with free practise for both events. Saturday sees qualifying on starting at 11.05 for ELMS and straight after at 12.00 for WEC. The 4 hour ELMS race begins at 14.30. Events start at 10.00 on Sunday with a pit walk and autograph session, the 6 hour WEC race begins at 12.00.
TV coverage will be on Motors TV, kicking off at 14.10 for the ELMS on Saturday and 11.30 for the WEC on Sunday. Radio coverage is with www.radiolemanscom all weekend.