Mowlem and Griffin on top in Austria

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Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin scored victory in the LMGTE class of the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, write Colin and James Beckett.

It was the crew’s second win from three ELMS starts for the Silverstone-based Ram Racing team.

Third fastest in qualifying, the lead Ram Racing Ferrari 458 was started in the three-hour race by Matt Griffin, who moved the car into the lead during his time in the cockpit.

When Mowlem took over behind the wheel, the car already held a comfortable position. Lapping consistently, Mowlem pulled out a further advantage to see the car cross the finish line well over a minute ahead of the team’s nearest GTE category rivals.

Mowlem said: “When I got in, it was a matter of maintaining quick lap times and I was focused on pulling out a good gap to Andrea Bertolini behind me.

“The team was correct on with everything all weekend and I really enjoyed this race and my little battle with Andrea Bertolini in the Dunlop Ferrari.

“Our Michelin tyres held up extraordinarily well, but even so we were glad that we made the decision to qualify and race on the hard tyres.

“My engineer Mark Schooman had to work for his supper this weekend and he got everything spot on.”

The second Ram Racing Ferrari, driven by Gunnar Jeannette and Frankie Montecalvo, also finished on the podium – third in class.

After three ELMS race of 2013, Ram Racing has its cars at the head of the LMGTE standings. Mowlem/Griffin lead the class with Jeannette/Montecalvo in second.

Two rounds of the ELMS remain in Hungary and France – both of these races will take place in September.

Mowlem added: “Obviously we are very happy to be leading the championship at this point, and even more so because the team currently holds first and second, but we have to keep the pressure on as the cars in this class are very close.

“We have a lot of work to do to maintain our advantage.”