Griffin ready for 2nd round of Blancpain Endurance Series
Matt Griffin is looking for history to repeat itself as he heads to the iconic UK track, Silverstone this weekend for the 2nd round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, which will see 63 cars on the grid.
Rd 1 of the ever growing championship saw Cork based GT ace Griffin and team mate, Duncan Cameron, clinch a P2 in the Pro-Am class and a 3rd place overall at Monza, Italy a month ago. The Duo will return to Silverstone in their number 51, AF Corse run Ferrari.
“I am really looking forward to this weekend at Silverstone. The Blancpain endurance championship is very competitive and with such a huge grid I am expecting a very exciting race. In the 1st round at Monza we finished 2nd, the Ferrari was very strong and the car is well suited to Monza. Silverstone will be a different situation though, so I expect the other manufacturers to be very strong” Matt said.
This weekend will see the Irishman return to Silverstone for the second time in his 2015 calendar. Griffin feels confident the weekend will be a success after already standing on the Silverstone podium this season when he came 2nd in the European Le Mans Series held at the circuit in April. Matt is also coming in to this race event after a 5thplace finish at Rd 2 of the European Le Mans Series held at Imola last weekend.
“I guess you could call Silverstone my local track but I think there is really no advantage as Silverstone in an international circuit so most drivers have raced here many times. In saying that, I have already stood on the podium at Silverstone this year in the ELMS race a few weeks ago. I am hoping for more of the same”.
Matt continues, “Whilst the result last weekend at Imola in the ELMS might not have been perfect, the speed we had was very good and I led the race from most of my stint. I think my form is good so far this year and this is something I want to bring into this weekend”.
After the weekend, Griffin will manage to squeeze some family time in to his schedule before embarking on his journey to Le Mans, France, for the official test prior to the prestigious 24hr of Le Mans held in 3 weeks time.
“Obviously Le Mans is looming but I am fully focused on the Blancpain Endurance race this weekend. A podium would be great but also improving our championship position is something we are aiming for”.
This weekend will commence with free practice sessions on Saturday followed by qualifying at 09.00 GMT on Sunday morning. The 3 hour race will start at 14.45 GMT. Motors TV will be showing the race, with delayed as-live coverage starting at 18.00 GMT. The race will also be streamed live at http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/gt-tv.