In 2010, Romain Grosjean contested one of the most eclectic seasons of his career! As well as driving a single-seater in the GP2 and Auto GP series, the young Frenchman also competed in the FIA GT1 World Championship with Matech Competition. Before lining up in the 24 Hours of Spa for Gravity International in a Mosler MT900R GT3, Grosjean secured a drive in the impressive Ford GT1 for Martin Bartek’s Matech team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The lengthy entry list in the LM GT1 class at Le Mans featured teams of the calibre of Larbre Compétition, Young Driver AMR, Marc VDS Racing Team and Luc Alphand Aventures, as well as Matech Competition. The Swiss team partnered Grosjean with Thomas Mutsch and Jonathan Hirschi, with the other Ford being shared by the female trio Natacha Gachnang, Rahel Frey and Cyndie Allemann. Despite veering off the track at the Porsche bend in Wednesday’s practice session, Grosjean and his co-drivers in car no. 60 managed to grab third place on the starting grid after qualifying.
Unfortunately, during the race, while battling for third place in the LM GT1 class, engine failure in the small hours of Sunday morning dashed the Frenchman’s hopes of crossing the finishing line.
Pierre-Yves Riom / ACO - Translated by David Goward
PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES, 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2010, QUALIFYING SESSIONS. The Ford GT1 driven by Romain Grosjean.