Griffin Confident ahead of Le Mans!
June 13, 2014 by Leo Nulty
Busy Ferrari driver, Matt Griffin, will compete in the illustrious ‘24 heur du Mans’ taking place Circuit de la Sarthe, France this coming weekend and has high hopes for a repeat of the 2013 event where he finished on the 3rd step of the podium in GT Pro am class, after driving the number 61 Ferrari 458 GTE for AF Corse.
This year, the Northamptonshire based Irishman will pilot the number 52 Ferrari 458 GTE for professional team, Ram Racing, alongside team mates, Alvero Parente and Federico Leo, in the GT Pro Class.
“The Le Mans 24hr is the biggest race in the world. It is also the most difficult race. I’m feeling really good going into the race week as Ram Racing is very well prepared. While Ram is a fairly new team there is a lot of Le Mans experience within the team and they know what it takes to be successful.” Explained Matt.
This will be Griffin’s 3rd consecutive year taking part in what is one of the most prominent race events in motorsport. The previous two years Matt has teamed with AF Corse, this year is Ram Racings first year at Le Mans and with a successful official test day under his belt, Matt is feeling confident for the race.
“We had a very good test at Le Mans last Sunday; we were fast all day and got a lot done in terms of working towards race strategy regarding fuel and tyre choice. We ended the day 3rd in the GT Pro class, so it shows we are fast.”
Like the previous two years, Matt will be the only Irish driver entered in to the race and he feels proud to be representing the ‘green isle’.
“I feel very proud to represent Ireland and will be filled with pride as they play the Irish National Anthem before the start of this years race*. I finished 3rd last year so I am hopeful of a similar result but as with all 24hr races the 1st goal is to finish.”
There will be no rest for the GT ace, the following weekend Griffin heads to Jerez, Spain for the 3rd round of the International GT Open.
The activities at Le Mans are kicked off with practice and qualifying taking place on Thursday followed by the magnetic drivers parade, which takes place in Le Mans town on Friday at 17.30 CET. The 24 hour race is scheduled to start at 15.00 CET Saturday.
Live commentary can be found at www.radiolemans.com and TV coverage can be found on the Eurosport channels.
*The National Anthem of every driver is played before the start of the Le Mans 24 hr.