Ferrari GT driver, Matt Griffin heads to Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire this weekend for his 100th British GT race. Rockingham is the 3rd round of the 2017 British GT Championship calendar and will hold one of the two hours races that have been scheduled in the 2017 season.
The Cork based driver joins regular teammate, Duncan Cameron in their racing Green Ferrari 488 GT3 entered and run by Spirit of Race. This will be the Irishman’s 5th race in just two weeks.
“I am really looking forward to Rockingham this weekend, it’s a track which I think is suited to GT cars as its wide and gives a lot of opportunities to pass. I am also hoping that it will play to the strengths of the Ferrari 488 GT3, but we will find that out when we get on track on Saturday. Definitely the aim is to try to win the race and I am even more motivated to do this as its my 100th British GT race” enthused Griffin.
The 1st round of the championship was held at Oulton Park on Easter Monday. Griffin and Cameron missed qualifying due to also racing in the European Le Mans Series being held at Silverstone the same weekend. Starting from the back of the grid, the teammates still managed to finish 6th and 4th respectively in the two one-hour races. Matt Griffin set fastest lap in both races and the duo are currently sitting 5th in the points.
Matt continued “Obviously Oulton Park was difficult as we had to start from the back of the GT3 field but to come away with 2 solid results was a great way to start the British GT Championship. To then go on and set fastest lap in both races was great as it shows that we really have the speed. I am hoping to bring that speed to Rockingham and fingers crossed we can win the 2h race on Sunday.”
The weekend kicks off on Saturday 29th April 2017 with free practice in the morning followed by qualifying at 15.35. The two-hour race will begin at 13.10 on Sunday 30thApril 2017.
You can watch the race live and find live timing www.britishgt.com.
About Matt Griffin
The 34-year-old, 2013 European Le Mans Series Champion, has made quite an impact on international GT racing in the last couple of years, competing successfully in championships ranging from the FIA World Endurance Championship to International GT Open as well as racing closer to home in the British GT Championship. In the last five years he’s never competed in less than 24 races, all in a Ferrari, and in 2014 raced in 8 different series.
In all of these he has been behind the wheel of a Ferrari, and has worked closely in testing and developments with the Italian marque’s GT development partner and constructor, Michelotto Automobili.