mercredi 1 juin 2016

Interview with Matt Griffin ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours


Matt Griffin is competing this year in European Le Mans Series with Ferrari and the AF Corse team. The Irish GT ace had two frustrating rounds in the demanding LM GTE class. Now Matt Griffin will be focusing on the most important race of the season, Le Mans.

We interviewed Matt Griffin before the French endurance classic. An interesting Q/A about his season so far in the European Le Mans Series and Ferrari's chances for Le Mans 24 Hours.

You had two unlucky ELMS rounds at Silverstone and Imola, tell us more about your start of the season.

Yes so far things have not gone our way in the ELMS, At Silverstone we were hit by an lmp3 car early in the race which put us behind and in Imola the fact that the final hr was all under safety car hurt us as I never did any green laps.

The most important thing is that we have been fast and we just need things to go our way.


You will compete at Le Mans with Ferrari and AF Corse in GTE-Am, how competitive is the class this year?

Le Mans is very competitive in fact it is the toughest race there is and this year is no different. The entry list sees a lot of world class GT drivers and many previous winners. Le Mans is the biggest race there is so it makes sense that the field should be the strongest.

ELMS GTE vs FIA WEC GTE-Am, which one is the most demanding?

Both Championships are very strong but I think that ELMS has more depth and is more demanding this year.

I think this was proved when my friend Davide Rigon came to Imola after being the fastest GTE-Pro driver at the Spa WEC in qualifying and qualified P4 at Imola ELMS.


What do you think about the Ferrari entries in GTE-Pro from AF Corse and Risi Competizione?

All 3 Ferrari entries look strong and are all driven by good friends of mine. The 488GTE has looked very strong this year so I expect them to be super competitive but there will be strong entries from the other manufacturers.

I think GTE-Pro is the toughest class at Le Mans, far more competitive then LMP1. Of course it would have been great if I was in one of the Ferrari GT pro entries but those decisions are down to AF Corse and out of my hands !

In saying that I am very motivated and happy to be back at Le Mans for the 5th consecutive time with Duncan Cameron and Aaron Scott in the number 55.

Photos: ELMS Adrenal Media / Ferrari Media