LE CASTELLET, France (September 29, 2013) -- The No.52 Ferrari 458 Italia of Ram Racing’s Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin today took a lights-to-flag victory in the 3 Hours of Paul Ricard in the South of France, and wrapped up the European Le Mans Series GTE Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship titles in the most dominant of fashions. The result not only sees the team take the championship laurels in its first year of competition, but also receive the coveted invitation to participate in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“To seal the championship with a race win is exactly how we wanted to do it,” said Ram Racing CEO Dan Shufflebottom. “Everyone’s worked so hard this year, and they’ve had so much fun while doing it so it’s been a great place to be. I’m really proud of all of them; they’ve done a mega job. We won’t know for a couple of months what we will be doing next year but, as a team, we want to move forward from this, build on our championship and we’ll be working hard to find a way to make it all happen.”
The Silverstone, UK-based team, which was formed midway through 2012 and which made its international debut in January of this year was fastest in the second free practice session, started from class pole, and finished a lap ahead of every other GTE car. In addition, Matt Griffin recorded the fastest GTE race lap to round off a thoroughly convincing performance.
The pair had a faultless race, finishing off a wonderful weekend of racing for the Irish-British pairing, and benefited from a strong strategy from the pit wall which saw them taking rear Michelin tyres only at the car’s first pit stop. By the time Mowlem took over from Griffin, he had built up a lead of over a lap.
It is Ram Racing’s third victory of the season, and Griffin and Mowlem have never finished lower than second place. Their results mean that the European Le Mans Series Trophy for LMGTE Drivers will be presented to them in Paris at the beginning of December, the duo finishing 33 points clear of their nearest rival, Christian Ried of Proton Competition.
Ram Racing uses the Motegi Racing Technomesh GT wheel in competition, a product designed to excel on the racetrack by providing an optimal blend of stiffness and lightweight.
“Motegi Racing has been an integral part of our success in 2013, said Shufflebottom. “It’s been great to work with an organization that shares the same values and drive to win as we do. They have worked tirelessly to make their product the best in the marketplace so the decision to work with them was an easy one. Ram Racing would like to thank everyone at Motegi Racing for their first class support and we look forward to working together with them as we strive for more success in 2014”
SOURCE: Ram Racing