GT Ace, Matt Griffin heads to Belgium for the 2nd round of the World Endurance Championship being held at Spa Francorchamp Circuit this coming weekend after a controversial weekend of racing in British GT at Rockingham last weekend.
Although Griffin finished 1st on the road, a penalty of 26 seconds was handed out after the race had finished stripping Griffin of his win and placing him in P2.
Griffin exited the pits in 4th place after an excellent opening stint by teammate Duncan Cameron. The Irishman caught and passed the 3rd, 2nd and 1st place cars, a safety car error occurred after that and Griffin finished the race with a 25 second lead. Unfortunately after a post race protest by team Parker Racing, the Spirit of Race teammates were given a 26 second penalty for some very light contact that occurred much earlier in the race which dropped them to 2nd.
“So far this year my racing form has been very good and I continued that at Rockingham last weekend. We were classified 2nd after we received a post race penalty, which was very controversial, and I am still unhappy about. I dominated the 2nd part of the race and in my opinion 100% deserved the win I earned. So while I respectfully do not agree, I accept the decision of the Clark of the course Bernard Cottrell and will hopefully come out stronger in the next British GT race” explained Matt.
This weekend Griffin joins Singaporean team, Clearwater Racing and will pilot the Ferrari 488 GTE alongside teammates Mok Weng Sun and Kieta Sawa.
The trio won the 1st round of the World Endurance Championship held at Silverstone on Easter weekend after a dramatic last lap by Griffin which saw the top three cars nose to tail, the Irishman came round to win the race.
“I’m really pumped for Spa this weekend, Silverstone was a dream come true really as it was the teams 1st ever race in the WEC and also both Weng’s and Sawa’s 1st experience of Silverstone. I think all the ingredients are there for us to challenge for the win again and hopefully extend our championship lead” Matt enthused.
Spa Francorchamps is one of the most famous and technically challenging tracks in the world. The Cork based driver has a huge amount of experience at the circuit having competed in over 20 races there including seven consecutive appearances at the famous 24 hours of Spa race held in July each year. It will be Mok Weng Sun and Keita Sawa’s 1st time racing at the track.
“Racing at Spa is a privilege and racing the incredible Ferrari 488 GTE is amazing. Like always the competition will be tough and for sure it will not be easy with my two co-drivers being new to the track, but as we proved at Silverstone they are clearly both very good at learning tracks”
The weekend kicks off with two free practice sessions on Thursday 4th May 2017; Friday sees another practice session in the morning, qualifying for the race is at 14.50 CET. The 6-hour race event is on Saturday at 14.30 CET.
Motors TV will have live coverage beginning at 14.15 CET (13.15 GMT). More information can be found at www.fiawec.com.