Racer Griffin soars to fourth
PUBLISHED: 11:31 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009
BROOKMANS Park speedster Liam Griffin continued his racing experience with a superb fourth place in the latest rounds of the Volkswagen Racing Cup. The novice driver took to the track in rounds five and six of the cup, held at the Snetterton circuit in No
BROOKMANS Park speedster Liam Griffin continued his racing experience with a superb fourth place in the latest rounds of the Volkswagen Racing Cup.
The novice driver took to the track in rounds five and six of the cup, held at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.
The 35-year-old qualified his Addison Lee-backed Golf GTI into ninth place on the grid during the wet qualifying session.
And then in the dry conditions of the following day's opening race, he drove to eighth spot.
However, it was in the second race where Griffin showed his mettle as he kept well in touch with the leading group throughout.
He subsequently claimed a personal best fourth place at the chequered flag, just 3.2 seconds off the winner's pace.
He said: "I was more than happy with my performance in the first race, and to come fourth in the second was fantastic.
"I was over the moon with how it went at Snetterton.
"I was lucky to find myself in fifth place due to a crash ahead, but I think I held my own well, and if anything the safety car that was brought out wasn't good for me as it brought those behind closer.
"Then, after a car ahead had to pull out, I was elevated into fourth, and my main aim was then just to hold my position, which I did.
"And to be only three seconds behind the race winner is amazing."
It could get even better for the Hatfield managing director, as the results are pending a stewards' inquiry.
The reason for the safety car being deployed was as a result of a dubious looking collision, with one of the drivers involved eventually finishing in the top three.
Griffin said: "I haven't heard anything yet, and although it would be great to get a top-three finish, it would be better to have been on the podium on the day.
"However, I am delighted with how it's all coming together."
Liam has accelerated into 11th position overall in the championship, and next up is a tricky trip to Thruxton race circuit in Hampshire on the weekend of June 28, where he will contest rounds seven and eight of the cup.
Griffin added: "It is going to be difficult because due to noise restrictions I won't have chance to practice in advance.
"The first taste I will get will be in qualifying, which is not the best preparation for the race.
"But I think over half the line-up hasn't raced there before, so it will certainly be interesting.