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Griffin hungry for success at Spa 24 hour
Matt Griffin will head to Belgium this week for the biggest GT race of the year, the Spa 24 hours, held at Spa Francorchamps circuit this coming weekend.
Spa 24 hour is part of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Championship in which Griffin is competing this year with regular teammate, Duncan Cameron, however their European Le Mans Series teammate, Aaron Scott, will join them in this 24 hour event. The trio will drive the AF Corse entered Ferrari 488 GT3.
The reigning Pro-Am Blancpain Endurance Series champions have not had a much success in the championship so far this year. The teammates did not finish in round 1 of the championship held in Monza and due to a clash with European Le Mans Series, missed round 2 at Silverstone, however they made up for it at Paul Ricard last month where they finished in 2nd position in the 1000km race. The duo is currently lying 5th in the Pro-Am class of the championship.
“ I am really looking forward to the Spa 24 hr this year, it will be the 1st 24 hr race in Europe for the new Ferrari 488 GT3, which so far has proven to be fantastic. I also feel confident as Duncan, Aaron and I know each other very well so as team there will be no surprises” explained Matt.
Spa 24 2016 will be the 7th consecutive year the Irishman has competed in the event, all but one of them in a Ferrari, and with a steady record of 3rd in 2011, 1st in 2013 and 2nd in 2015, Matt is feeling upbeat ahead of the weekend despite the busy grid of 65 cars.
Matt continues “Spa has been good to me over the years and it’s probably in every drivers top 3 race tracks. I have a 50% podium record at the Spa 24 hr and obviously I hope to repeat my win from 2013. It will be very difficult as this year the competition will be super strong, with 65 cars on the entry list and probably 50 cars on paper that look like they could win, I am expecting a touch race. Throw in the typical spa weather and there could be fireworks.”
The weekend kicks off with qualifying on Thursday 28th July 2016 at 8pm CET and night qualifying at 9.45pm CET. Super pole will take place at 6pm CET on Friday 29th July 2016. The 24-hour race will start at 4.30pm CET on Saturday 30th July 2016. Motors TV will show the race live 3pm GMT. Live timing and live broadcast of the race can be found at http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com