Irishman Matt Griffin has been named as co-driver to Johnny Mowlem as new team Ram Racing begin to assemble their line-up for a two car team in the GTE class of the European Le Mans Series.
While the drivers for the second Ferrari 458 Italia are still being finalised Griffin will add the season with Ram Racing to a growing CV of GT racing in cars adorned by the prancing horse. The Northamptonshire based driver has been a regular in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship and in recent years, as well as helping with the development of the 458 racer, has driven in the International GT Open and the FIA World Endurance Championship, driving for AF Corse in three races of the 2012 season, winning the LMTGE Am class at Silverstone.
“While Ram is a new team, there’s an awful lot of experience there right the way through the team” he said, “and I think there’s a lot of synergy about what we want to achieve this year. For me it’s a massive bonus to drive with someone like Johnny, and I’ve got a massive amount of respect for what he’s achieved. I think we’ll work really well together and hopefully I’ll learn a lot from him as well.”
“With the amount of experience Matt has accumulated over the last couple of years, he’s naturally a man in demand and we’re really pleased that he chose to put his faith is us for the ELMS,” said team principal Dan Shufflebottom. “ We think that between him and Johnny we’ve got a winning combination, and the specific Ferrari knowledge that Matt is able to bring with him will be a real advantage.”
He continues; “we can’t wait to get going. Entering the Dubai 24 Hours proved to us that, although we need some more miles under our belts in testing, we can definitely mix it with the more established order. We don’t just want to mix it with them in the ELMS, we want to rock them to the core!”