Ferrari GT driver Matt Griffin finished 2nd at last weekends Total 24 hrs of Spa and in doing so has clinched the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am Championship, with one round still remaining.
After qualifying his Ferrari in 18th out of the 58-car grid, 32-year-old Griffin, along with teammates Duncan Cameron, Francisco Guedes and Davide Rigon, ran at the sharp end throughout the twice round the clock classic. With Championship points awarded at 6, 12 and 24hr, this enabled the crew to extend their championship lead, Griffin and Cameron now cannot mathematically be beaten in the championship.
“The Spa 24 went really well for us. In qualifying we didn’t have the best run but still made the super pole top 20. Throughout practice we focused on the car in race trim rather then qualifying trim and it really worked well in the race. We were either 1st or 2nd from the 6 hour mark onwards. In the end, some bad luck with safety cars prevented us from winning but that’s 24hr racing” Matt explained.
In a race which was marred with inconsistent weather, incidents and many safety car periods, this is his 3rd trip to the 24hrs of Spa podium after last winning the event in 2013, something which the Irishman feels very proud of.
“To finish on the podium again is fantastic. The 24hrs of Spa is one of the biggest and most difficult races in the world with a grid of nearly 60 cars all the same spec- any car can win. As always, my AF Corse team did a great job as usual and our Ferrari 458 GT3 was super strong throughout the race.”
After consecutive race weekends since the end of May the busy driver now has some time off before his next race; Rd 4 of the European Le Mans series at circuit Paul Ricard France on September 6th.