Disappointment for Griffin at Le Mans Debut
June 21, 2012 by Matt Griffin Racing
GT driver Matt Griffins’ Le Mans debut resulted in an early retirement this weekend after the #81 Ferrari , driven at the time by Piergiuseppe Perazzini , was involved in an incident with the # 8 Toyota while at the hands of Anthony Davidson.
After qualifying in 7th position ,Griffin who had hopes of winning the GTE Pro AM, started the legendary 24 hour race in the AF Corse run Ferrari 458, which was being driven alongside team mates Niki Cadei and Perrazzini. “we ran very well in practise and were very comfortable with where the car was and our pace.”
The car was running well and with excellent fuel economy, getting sixteen laps per stint and running as high as 4th before the fateful accident which saw the Ferrari heavily into the barrier and the Toyota Hybrid doing a mid air somersault. “it’s very disappointing to retire especially with our car being involved in a big crash. I’m relieved that my team mate escaped serious injury and I wish Anthony a speedy recovery from his back injury and look forward to seeing him back in action soon.”
AF Corse were also running one other car in the GTE Pro AM which finished 6th and two cars in the GTE Pro with #51 taking the win and #71 finishing 4th in class.
The busy driver doesn’t get to rest with round 6 of British GT at Brands Hatch this coming weekend where he will be racing with MTech Racing and is currently leading the championship and off to Paul Ricard for the Blancpain Endurance Series the weekend after.