Griffin hoping to start busy season with success at Silverstone – Motorsport.ie
GT Driver, Matt Griffin is all set for another busy season in 2016. Recently confirming his race calendar, Griffin will be aiming to defend his 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Championship (Pro Am) title, whilst also aiming to go two better than his 2015 3rd place slot in the European Le Mans Series. On top of these championships, the iconic Le Mans 24 hours, held in June, is also on the list along with some selected races in Asia.
‘I’m really looking forward to the 2016 season, 2015 was a great year for me, obviously with the high point winning the Blancpain Endurance Series (Pro Am). As usual the competition will be super tough in both championships and Le Mans 24h also, but I feel really confident in my team, co drivers and the package that we have’ explained Matt.
The Irishmans 2016 season kicks off with Round 1 of the European Le Mans Series held at Silverstone in the UK, this coming weekend. Griffin will return with team mates Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott driving the number 55 AF Corse run Ferrari 458 Italia, in the LMGTE class of the series.
Silverstone is a circuit that the now Cork based driver is very familiar with, having previously spent many years living nearby. Its a track that was always considered his home track and with 45 cars expected on the grid from top manufactures such as Aston Martin and Porsche, the race is sure to be interesting.
‘Its great that we can go to Silverstone with the same driver line up as last year, Duncan (Cameron) has proved in the last few seasons we’ve race together that he is one of the top bronze rated drivers out there, so we have great continuity.’
Matt continues ‘I’ve never finished lower than third place in the opener of an ELMS race, so I can go in to this weekend with confidence. We have had very good pre-season testing and I feel we are in great shape. The aim for the season is 100% to fight for the championship and gaining a good result at Silverstone is crucial for this.’
The short weekend kicks off with two free practice sessions on Friday 15th April 2016, followed by qualifying on Saturday at 10.50 GMT. The 4 hour race will commence at 14.30 GMT on Saturday 16th April 2016. There will be live TV coverage on Motors TV starting at 14.15 GMT. More information can be found at www.europeanlemansseries.com .