Maranello, 31 May 2017 – The 24 Hours of Le Mans is among the best-known car races in the world, the race that all constructors, teams, and drivers want to win. Eleven Ferrari 488 GTEs will be racing, three in the GTE-Pro class, and eight in the GTE-Am class. The journey of Ferrari.com to discover the Prancing Horse crews competing at Le Mans starts with the GTE-Am class, and specifically with car #61 of Clearwater Racing.
The team. Clearwater Racing is one of the most successful GT Racing teams in the Asian region. The team, which has been in existence for ten years, has won numerous titles including three GT Asia Series Driver’s and Team’s championships, three overall victories in the Sepang 12-Hours and the 2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series Championship. In 2016 Clearwater Racing made its debuta at the Le Mans 24 Hours finishing the race in fourth place with Weng Sun Mok, Keita Sawa and Bob Bell. This year the Singapore team is competing in the FIA WEC for the entire season collecting a win in the first race of the year at Silverstone. For the Le Mans race the effort has been doubled with the #60 car also fielded by the team.
Mok. Weng Sun Mok, a Malaysian driver born in 1962, has raced in the Ferrari Challenge APAC, is a three-time winner of the GT Asia Series and debuted in the Le Mans 24 Hours last year. He also has experienced many endurance races such as the 24 Ore of Dubai, the 12 hours of Sepang, and the 12 hours of Bathurst.
Sawa. Keita Sawa, a Japanese driver born in 1976, has competed in the Ferrari Challenge APAC and, in the 2015-2016 season, won the championship in the Asian Le Mans Series. This will be his second year at Le Mans following the fourth place collected last year. He has experience in endurance races like the 24 hours of Dubai, in which he participated twice.
Griffin. Born on 1 October 1981, Matthew “Matt” Griffin is one of Ireland’s strongest drivers. After karting he made his debut in a single-seater in 2001 before moving to GT racing in 2003. In his first year eight wins secured the GTC class of the British GT Championship. In 2012 he came first in the Gulf 12 Hours with the 458 Italia of AF Corse, while the following year he took the GTE title of the European Le Mans Series in a 458 Italia of RAM Racing. In 2014 he took part in a number of championships with different Ferrari customer teams, while in 2015 and 2016 he paired with Duncan Cameron in the European Le Mans Series championships and the Blancpain Endurance Series where he won the Pro-Am class title 2015. He has competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours five times, achieving a fantastic third place in 2013 with the 458 of AF Corse with Jack Gerber and Marco Cioci in the GTE-Am class.