10 June, 2016
Matt Bell is a late entry on the ‘Road to Le Mans’, a new and exciting support race for the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Road to Le Mans provides drivers with a unique opportunity to race at the world-famous 13.629km Le Mans Circuit, just a few hours before the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours roars into life.
Bell will race the #5 FFF Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 alongside 2014 British GT Champion Marco Attard. The British pairing will be a strong combination in the Lamborghini.
“I've been competing against Marco for quite a long time now in British GT,” said Bell. “He's always been one of the front running Bronze drivers; Champion in 2014 of course and a contender in every other season, so it's great to finally get to drive alongside him. He's already raced the Lamborghini this season too so knows the car. It will be a tough challenge to get to grips with the famous Le Mans track in the short amount of time we have but I think we'll be a very competitive pairing nonetheless.”
The GT3 Road to Le Mans grid is a strong group of 19 cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes and BMW and it will provide a great test of Bell’s ability to learn not only a new car but a new circuit too.
“I can't wait for my debut at the Le Mans circuit,” continued Bell. “There are so many famous sections: Dunlop Chicane, Tertre Rouge, Indianapolis, Porsche Curves – the list goes on. I'm excited about the whole track! I've been going to watch my brother race there for several years so it's fantastic to finally get the chance to drive it myself. The Lamborghini is one of the few GT3 cars I haven't driven as well, so I'm looking forward to experiencing a new car. There is a lot to learn but I’m still targeting a podium finish. I've always liked a challenge!”
The one-hour race gets underway on Saturday 18 June at 11:10hrs CET. Bell will get his first taste of the Le Mans circuit on Wednesday 15 June from 20:30 until 21:30 and again on Thursday 16 June from 14:30 until 15:30. Qualifying will take place on Thursday at 18:00. Live timing will be available at 24h-lemans.com and the race will be broadcast live on Radio Le Mans.