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Matt Griffin aims for elusive win at Bathurst

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Matt Griffin heads to Mount Panorama, Australia this weekend for the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12hr hoping to follow up his successful, frantic start to 2015 by adding victory to his Dubai 24 Hour win and narrow miss of a podium at the Daytona 24 Hours.

The Irishman will be hoping he can improve on previous years, with 2012 seeing the Ferrari man 3rd and 2nd the following year.

“I am really looking forward to being back on the mountain,” said Griffin. “Last year I think we would have been able to fight for the win if it had not been for the unfortunate crash of my teammate.  It is a track I feel very comfortable at and after finishing 3rd and 2nd in the past I really want to get that win.”

He will join Clearwater Racing once again, for the fourth consecutive year, and will drive the #33 Ferrari 458 GT3 alongside Mok Weng Sun and World Endurance Champion Toni Vilander in the Pro-AM class.

53 cars will make up the grid including entries from the likes of Audi, Mercedes and Bentley. However, the numbers will not faze Griffin.

“To be back with Clearwater for this race is great, they are a world class team and while they are based in Singapore, have top technical engineering talent from all over the world,” he said.  “I am really confident in our driver line up, Weng (Mok Weng Sun) is the reigning GT Asia Champion and Toni (Vilander) is the reigning world champion so I think together we will make a very strong team”

With 2015 having been a rewarding one so far, Griffin heads down under with spirits high.

“I am heading to Australia with a lot of confidence,” he said. “The win at the Dubai 24hr was fantastic but to follow that up with the strong showing we had at Daytona really tells me I am in a good place.  We were really fast at Daytona with our car setting the fastest race lap, we had an unfortunate engine issue early on that cost us a lot of time, if it wasn’t for that, I believe we would have been right there fighting for the victory.”

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A second year sports journalist at the University of Huddersfield, Tom Errington has spent over a year in the motorsport industry. He spent the 2014 season with SRO on British GT and British F3, even helping out with Blancpain in the Spa 24 Hours, before later becoming a freelancer with the Lotus F1 Team helping with PR and website content.
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