Irish GT driver, Matt Griffin heads to France ready for the 4th round in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) to be held at Paul Ricard Circuit this weekend.
Griffin, who is 2013 ELMS champion (LMGTE) will be joined by teammates Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott in the British Racing Green #55 Ferrari 488, entered by team AF Corse in this 4 hour race.
After some bad luck in the 2016 season, including being hit by LMP3 cars in both Silverstone and Red Bull Ring, the trio is currently lying 9th place in the championship (LMGTE), however, this circuit suits the Irishman well having gained pole position there in both 2013 and 2014, so Griffin is determined to use this race to turn things around.
“So far the European Le Mans series has not been going to plan for us, we have been fast but luck has not been on our side. An LMP3 car hit us at Silverstone that cost us a podium, in round 2 at Imola there was a huge downpour that caused the race to be neutralised just as we had pitted, so unlike our rivals we couldn’t capitalise. Then at Red Bull Ring we were hit by another LMP3 car before the 1st corner, which damaged our car. The main thing though is that we have been fast in every race, so the plan is to keep doing the same thing we always do and hope some luck comes our way” explained Matt.
The Cork based driver last raced at Spa 24 hour 4 weeks ago with Cameron and Scott and despite being strong in the race, did not manage to finish.
Matt continues, “It has been nice to have some time off but now I am busting to get back in the race car. At the Spa 24h we were lying in a strong 2nd position with 2.5h of the race to go, unfortunately we ended up not finishing. Of course the result is not what we wanted but I can take huge confidence from the race as Duncan, myself and Aaron were really strong throughout the race and I am sure we can continue that form into Paul Ricard and beyond”.
This weekend commences with Qualifying on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 12.50 CET(13.50 GMT); the 4-hour race will take place on Sunday 28 August 2016 at 14.00 CET(15.00 GMT). TV coverage can be found on Motors TV at 17.00 GMT. More information and live timing can be found at www.europeanlemansseries.com.
About Matt Griffin:
The 32-year-old, 2013 European Le Mans Series Champion, has made quite an impact on International GT racing in the last couple of years, competing successfully in championships ranging from the FIA World Endurance Championship to International GT Open as well as racing closer to home in the British GT Championship. In the last five years he’s never competed in less than 24 races, all in a Ferrari, and in 2012 raced in 8 different series.
He has also broadened his experience in the last two years, taking part successfully in endurance races in Australia, Malaysia and Dubai.
In all of these he has been behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and has worked closely in testing and developments with the Italian marque’s GT development partner and constructor, Michelotto Automobili.