FORMER GT CHAMPION GRIFFIN SET FOR FULL-BLOWN TITLE BID Leading sports car racer Matt Griffin has confirmed he will drive an RPM Motorsport GT3 Porsche 997 in the 2007 Avon Tyres British GT Championship. The Cork-born,...
FORMER GT CHAMPION GRIFFIN SET FOR FULL-BLOWN TITLE BID
Leading sports car racer Matt Griffin has confirmed he will drive an RPM Motorsport GT3 Porsche 997 in the 2007 Avon Tyres British GT Championship. The Cork-born, Cambridgeshire-domiciled Irishman will partner Peter Bamford, with whom he shared a car in the last two races last season.
Griffin, the 2003 British GT Cup Champion successfully tested the car at Snetterton last week, following an initial shakedown at Oulton Park and was delighted with his first impressions.
"We had a shakedown test at Oulton Park and then a full blown test at Snetterton which was really good," said Matt. "We had a bit of wet and a bit of dry running and it seems really good. It's just the beginning though so we're working on finding the set up and we seem to be pretty close in the dry and really strong in the wet so we'll definitely be there or thereabouts.
"Next Thursday's media day will be really good to see where we are compared to others, we shouldn't be very far away, I know the Porsches quite well; the team is very good and we know the car is strong after winning the FIA GT3 Championship.
"My ambition for this season is to win obviously. I just want to be as competitive as I can, taking pole positions and fastest laps and hopefully getting some race wins. I know all the circuits we'll be racing on this season as I've been in GTs a few years now so hopefully that will give me an advantage. And the last time I did a whole season in GTs I won the championship so hopefully that will bode well for me again this year."
Banbury-based RPM Motorsport, who finished second in last season's GTC class will run two Porsche 997's and two Dodge Vipers this season, starting the season as favourites to win both GTC and GT3 championships. Matt is the first to admit that the Robin Mortimer run team is more than up to the task.
"The RPM team has really grown in the last couple of years. This year's campaign with two Dodge Vipers and two Porsches is a big undertaking for them but I did the last two races of the British GTs in '06 and the Silverstone 24 hours and I have to say I was very, very impressed with the way they work and their engineering ability. I think they're well able to handle it."
Griffin's return to full-time racing following his horrific track day test at Goodwood in 2005, in which the driver of the road-going Ferrari 360 he was in lost his life, is also likely to be complemented by some appearances in the Porsche Carrera Cup with new team QM Engineering based in Brackley.
"Yes it could end up being a busy year," joked Matt. "But the busier the better as far as I'm concerned. I'm also working on a few other deals for some International endurance races which if they come off will see me have a very busy 2007."
Matt's co-driver Peter Bamford, only started racing in 2006 and within six weeks gained his international race licence. The non-executive Director of Rentokil Initial will also compete in the Ferrari 430 challenge with the Ferrari GB dealer team and despite his limited success can count 3rd in class in the Silverstone 24 Hours and eighth in his first British GT event at Brands Hatch last year among his outstanding racing achievements.
Matt and Peter will return to the track at Silverstone next Thursday March 15th where he will join the rest of his RPM team mates and the British GT regulars for the official Media Day prior to the start of the season, at Oulton Park on Easter Monday April 9.