Ireland’s sports car racing ace Matt Griffin shared a podium place in the Le Mans GTE category of the European Le Mans Series 4 hour race at Spa Francorchamps, the home of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix.
An attacking Griffin worked his way onto the podium as he took the final stint for Team AF Corse bringing their Ferrari F458 Italia home in third position.
The Corkman was the only one of the four Irish drivers in the race to make it to the finish. Wicklow’s Sean Doyle didn’t even get a chance to race the Murphy Prototypes Oreca as Garry Findlay crashed heavily into the barriers shortly before the end of his opening sting, bringing out the Full Course Yellow in the process. It brought a halt to an otherwise impressive opening stint as the Murphys Prototypes car moved up from 10th to 6th.
The Ligier which Kildareman Kevin O’Hara and Dubliner Dan Polley drove for Spanish team SPV Racing was also a retirement.
At home, Tyrone drivers dominated the two Carlow rounds of the Hewison Autotest Championship, with six times champion Steven Ferguson winning at Garryhill in torrential rain on Saturday, while Paul Mooney, who also won the two opening rounds in Cork earlier this month, came out on top Sunday to increase his points lead in the series.