Newly crowned European Le Mans Series champions Ram Racing announced this week that it has re-signed drivers Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin, with the target of graduating to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014.
The British squad, which contested the five-round ELMS championship with a pair of Ferrari F458 Italias in GTE, will continue with its two title-winning drivers, despite Griffin’s recent upgrade from Silver to Gold driver rating.
“It didn’t make any sense at all to not re-sign Johnny and Matt,” said team principal Dan Shufflebottom. “They’ve both done a fantastic job for Ram Racing this year and we know that stability in as many areas as possible is a big factor for continued success.
“We haven’t yet confirmed what we will be doing next year, but it’s no secret that we would like to move up to the FIA WEC. It seems a natural progression, and we firmly believe that we can compete – and win – alongside the very best.
“There’s no guarantee that Johnny and Matt will be teamed in the same car in 2014 but we’ll be happy to know they’ll be with us!”
It’s understood Ram is evaluating a potential two-car effort for the WEC, with one Ferrari in each in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. The latter category will enforce one Bronze-rated driver per lineup beginning in 2014.
“For me it was really a no-brainer to sign up again as I’m sure the team will continue to excel,” Griffin said. “Obviously the program for next year is not confirmed yet, but whatever we do I am sure we will be right at the sharp end. I’m really looking forward to getting going.”
Mowlem added: “It means a lot to me to know that next year not only will we hopefully be successful on track in whatever we decide to do, but that I am going to also be able to enjoy myself doing it!”