Returning for his 8th Le Mans, Irish driver Matt Griffin is coming to the end of a special relationship with Clearwater Racing.
He first drove for the team in the 12 Hours of Sepang with Gianmaria Bruni and has since then competed for the team in 4 Bathurst 12 Hours, 3 Le Mans and 3 seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship to name just a few…
“It’s (Clearwater Racing) been a big part of my life and career” said Matt “It’s really been something special, and I’m a bit sad not to be here with Weng and Sawa”.
With new teammates for the race there is certainly a different dynamic to the driver line up, in previous years Matt has shouldered the lion’s share of the driving being behind the wheel for around half of the race.
With Luis and Matteo joining Matt is hoping to reduce his time behind the wheel, which should in turn increase his performance. “We are definitely serious podium contenders, and we will be going for the class win” said Matt. “The key will be running a clean race and being lucky with the safety cars as these can massively change the dynamic of the race”.
Matt continued “The Ford (Keating Motorsport) looks like it will be a strong contender and its performance is unknown, also the Project 1 Porsche and the Spirit of Race Ferrari I think will be the ones we will be fighting with”.
Since the test day the team have made some changes to the car, but on a green and possibly wet track for the first track sessions Matt is hoping that they have gone the right way.