#LeMans24 @MGriffinRacing Ready to tackle @24hoursofLeMans for the 5th time
Irelands top GT driver, Matt Griffin has arrived at Circuit de la Sarthe, France ready for the epochal Le Mans 24hr race taking place this coming weekend.
Griffin will pilot the AF Corse entered, number 55 Ferrari 458 GTE in the GTE Am element of the race alongside his current European Le Mans Series teammates, Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott. This will be the 5th consecutive year that the Irish Racing Drivers Club member has taken part in the event and is eager to improve his 3rd place finish in 2013.
“I’m really happy to be back at Le Mans this year, it’s one of the biggest races in the world. This is my 5th consecutive Le Mans 24h and my 4th with AF Corse. Le Mans is a track where experience is very important so the consistency in the team will hopefully pay dividends” explained Matt.
The Cork based Irishman competes in the European Le Mans Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series this year and so far has been unable to transform speed in to results due to some bad luck, but is hoping to turn that around at Le Mans and with being 2nd fastest at the Le Mans test weekend, Griffin is feeling confident.
“The driver line up of Duncan, Aaron and I is the same as the ELMS. This year we have been very fast but very unlucky so hopefully at Le Mans we can transform the speed into a result. The test weekend went well and while being 2nd fastest might not be a true reflection, it showed that we are competitive,” Matt said.
The Le Mans 24 hour is a real feat of endurance for the drivers and nowadays a 24-hour sprint for the car. There will be a total of 60 extremely powerful cars on the grid at the start, so it is looking to be an interesting 24 hours.
Matt continues “Le Mans has changed over the years and now really is a 24h sprint race, this makes it even tougher for the drivers and the cars. I have total confidence in AF Corse and Ferrari regarding the car and with the help from USN sports nutrition, I feel very well prepared as well.”
The event kicks off with qualifying sessions on Wednesday at 22.00 CET and Thursday at 19.00 CET. The popular Drivers Parade held in Le Mans town will commence at 17.30 on Friday. Saturday sees the start of the 24-hour race at 15.00 CET.
Live TV coverage of the event will be on Eurosport and live streaming can be found at radiolemans.com