Nurburgring instead of Spa for Griffin
May 1, 2014 by Leo Nulty
GT driver, Matt Griffin has experienced a change to his calendar this coming weekend after Ram Racing had to withdraw their entry in Rd 2 of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa in order to be better placed to concentrate on the Le Mans 24 hours and the rest of the World Endurance Championship.
The diligent Irishman will now be heading to Nurburgring, Germany, to compete in the first round of the International GT Open Championship, taking the place of Rui Aguas, who was originally scheduled to race. Matt will pilot the number 54, AF Corse entered Ferrari 458 in the GTS class with ELMS team mate Duncan Cameron.
“Obviously I was disappointed not to be going to Spa this weekend but I respect the decision of Ram Racing. On the other hand I am excited to go to Nurburgring. The GT Open is a super competitive championship and I am glad to be back.” explained Griffin.
2013 saw the AF Corse team-mates race in the SuperGT class in International GT Open Championship and take three wins, one of them at the iconic Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit located in the Eifel Mountains.
Griffin will be heading to Germany after a European Le Mans Series (ELMS) win at Silverstone on Easter weekend and is hoping for more of the same this coming weekend, yet International GT Open is one of the most competitive championships in the world with 25 cars competing overall and 16 of which are in the GTS class, making competition for the top places fierce.
“I am very confident heading into this weekend. Last year we won here overall and the aim will be to finish on the podium especially after coming off the win in ELMS at Silverstone 2 weeks ago. I am expecting a super strong car from AF Corse and I know that Duncan and I make a good team. In saying that I am expecting a the whole field to be super strong so we will have to be 100%”
The weekend kicks off with race 1 qualifying on Saturday morning at 11.20 CET, followed by the 70 minute race 1 at 16.00 CET. Sunday continues with race 2 qualifying at 09.00 CET and the 60 minute race 2 at 13.00 CET.
Motors TV offer delayed coverage of race 1 and live coverage of race 2 on Sunday from 09.50. Live timing can be accessed at www.gtopen.net
About Matt Griffin:
The 31-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 2012 raced in 8 different series.
He has also broadened his experience in the last two years, taking part successfully in endurance races in Australia, Malaysia and Dubai.
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.