Liam finds it slippery when wet
PUBLISHED: 11:50 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009
NOVICE speedster Liam Griffin continued his racing education as he competed in rounds three and four of the Volkswagen Racing Cup. The 35-year-old from Brookmans Park took to the circuit at Rockingham in Northamptonshire, but the weather disrupted his lea
NOVICE speedster Liam Griffin continued his racing education as he competed in rounds three and four of the Volkswagen Racing Cup.
The 35-year-old from Brookmans Park took to the circuit at Rockingham in Northamptonshire, but the weather disrupted his learning, causing him to retire in the first race.
Griffin was at the wheel of the Addison Lee-backed Volkswagen Golf GTI, which he successfully raced to top-20 finishes on his debut in the championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire at Easter.
However, this time the day was marred by the weather, which caused Griffin to crash four laps into race one, as he explained.
"Qualifying took place in torrential rain, which was a struggle, and I started 19th on the grid," said Griffin.
"But I had managed to get to 14th when the car sideswiped, and I had a collision with another driver at 60-70mph.
"This badly damaged the geometry of the car and unfortunately I had to retire eight laps in."
Thankfully the only casualties were perhaps bruised egos after the collision, and Griffin returned for race two, albeit with the car still damaged.
He again started in 19th position on the grid. At one point during the 14 lap race the Hatfield managing director had elevated his damaged Golf GTI into 12th place.
In the end he settled for 15th place in his fourth ever race.
He added: "Getting up to 12th place considering the car had wheel alignment problems was an amazing feeling, and I think if I hadn't have spun on the wet surface, I could have finished higher than I ended up.
"From this race meet I have learnt that at certain times I have got to keep calm, but it is all learning experience for me, and is still the biggest buzz I have felt."
It was also the first time Griffin had raced competitively on wets (tyres) and he believes he "learnt an awful lot" and is "optimistic" looking towards the next race.
He doesn't have long to wait until he can get back on track - the Racing Cup's next round is at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk this Saturday, June 7.