Irish Racing driver Matt Griffin will compete in the iconic 24hrs of Le Mans this coming weekend along with his rookie teammates Alex Mortimer and Duncan Cameron.
This will be the 4th consecutive Le Mans start for Ferrari driver in what he regards the biggest motor race there is. All previous starts have come at the wheel of a Ferrari 458 GTE and this year is no different where Griffin will pilot the number 55, for renowned Ferrari team AF Corse.
“Le Mans is a place where experience is very important and coming back here for the 4th time, I feel very comfortable. It will be difficult for Alex and Duncan but I hope I can help them and impart some of my experience. Le Mans was voted as the biggest sporting event in the world and in my opinion it is the most difficult 24hr race where there are often mixed weather conditions and the competition is always fierce” explained Matt.
The circuit of Le Mans is well known for being a huge test of both man and machine where the race takes place on mostly on the public roads around the town of Le Mans. Griffin, who is enjoying an ultra successful 2015 season to date, has already visited the podium of Le Mans in 2013 whilst driving the number 61 Ferrari for AF Corse. In 2014 he raced the Ram Racing entered Ferrari, but hopes being reunited with AF Corse will yield a result like 2013.
“So far 2015 has been going very well for me and I have a few wins already under my belt, along with this we had a very successful test at Le Mans last week setting the 3rd fastest time so I feel comfortable coming into race week at Le Mans. This race is very competitive so we will need to be 100% if we aim to get on the podium. I really think that is realistic though so fingers crossed we miss the bad luck this week” Matt said.
Post Le Mans will see no down time for the super busy driver. The following weekend sees Griffin race in Rd 3 of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France where he currently leads the championship. After Paul Ricard the jet setting Cork man will travel straight to Okayama in Japan for Rd 2 of the GT Asia series.
“My 2015 schedule is very frantic with a lot of travelling, I love racing though and so far this year, I really feel on top of my game”
The 1st track action at Le Mans starts with free practice on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at 16.00 CET. Qualifying takes place over Wednesday and Thursday with the twice round the clock race commencing at 15.00 CET on Saturday 13th June 2015.
You can follow the race live on Eurosport and with live web streaming onhttp://www.lemans-tv.com. Live timing and information will be available onhttp://www.lemans-tv.com; you can also download the official 24hr of Le Mans app from ITunes and the Google play store. As always live commentary will be available on radiolemans.com