Liam Griffin (racing driver)

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Liam Griffin
Nationality  British
Born (1973-03-09) 9 March 1973 (age 41)
Barnet (England)
2014 British Touring Car Championship
Debut season 2011
Current team Addison Lee Motorbase
Car no. 66
Starts 76
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
21st in 2011, 2012
Previous series
200910
2008–09
Porsche Carrera Cup GB
VW Cup

Liam Griffin (born 9 March 1973 in Barnet, Greater London) is a British auto racing driver and businessman. He is the managing director of his family-run minicab company Addison Lee. He currently races in the British Touring Car Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Griffin started racing in 2008, competing in the VW Cup. He spent two years in the series, collecting three podiums and two race wins. In 2009 he entered two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain at Silverstone, driving for Motorbase Performance. He returned for a full season in 2010 for the team, driving in the Pro-Am 1 class, he finished twenty-first overall in the driver standings.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Motorbase Performance (2011–)[edit]

For 2011 he entered the British Touring Car Championship. Staying with Motorbase, he drove a Ford Focus ST.[1] The season did not start well for Griffin. At the first round at Brands Hatch, Griffin collided with Rob Collard on the formation lap, damaging the Ford's left-front suspension, and was unable to start the race.

Griffin stayed with Motorbase in 2012, now racing under the Redstone Racing banner.[2] He crashed heavily in the wet first race at Thruxton, his Ford Focus ending up buried in a tyre wall. He walked away from the incident but it caused the race to be stopped.[3] He brought out the safety car at Croft after crashing his Redstone Racing Focus into the tyre wall, causing an engine fire. Griffin pulled out of the following meeting at Snetterton in order to focus on his business commitments during the 2012 Summer Olympics.[4] He returned to the team at Silverstone[5] and participated in the final two rounds of the season. After the final round at Brands Hatch, Griffin intended to retire from the BTCC.[6]

In February 2013, Motorbase Performance announced that Griffin would race for them in the Jack Sears Trophy, driving the Super 2000 specification Ford Focus in 2013.[7] Griffin took two class victories at the season opening Brands Hatch round to lead the trophy going to the second around at Donington Park.[8]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded all races) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Pts
2009 Motorbase Performance Porsche 997 GT3 PA1 BRH
1
BRH
2
THR
1
THR
2
DON
1
DON
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
CRO
1
CRO
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
SIL
1

14
SIL
2

16
ROC
1
ROC
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
NC† 0†
2010 Motorbase Performance Porsche 997 GT3 PA1 THR
1

19
THR
2

19
ROC
1

15
ROC
2

18
BRH
1

22
BRH
2

19
OUL
1

15
OUL
2

12
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

16
SNE
1

18
SNE
2

13
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

16
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
DON
1

16
DON
2

16
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

Ret
21st 16

† Not eligible for points, as a guest driver.

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2011 Airwaves Racing Ford Focus ST Mk.II BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

18
BRH
3

18
DON
1

13
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

9
THR
1

14
THR
2

17
THR
3

15
OUL
1

15
OUL
2

18
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

18
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

16
SNE
1

17
SNE
2

14
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

16
ROC
1

16
ROC
2

16
ROC
3

19
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

19
BRH
3

15
SIL
1

15
SIL
2

14
SIL
3

13
21st 2
2012 Redstone Racing Ford Focus ST Mk.II BRH
1

14
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

11
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

14
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

17
THR
3

12
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

8
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

14
CRO
2

14
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1
ROC
2
ROC
3
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

13
SIL
3

Ret
BRH
1

19
BRH
2

13
BRH
3

14
21st 37
2013 Addison Lee Motorbase Ford Focus ST Mk.II BRH
1

17
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

15
DON
1

20
DON
2

Ret
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

20
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

Ret
OUL
1

20
OUL
2

19
OUL
3

16
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

17
KNO
2

18
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

DNS
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

DNS
BRH
1

19
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
25th 6

Complete British GT Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2014 Oman Racing Team Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 GT3 OUL
1

OUL
2

ROC
1

12
SIL
1

9
SNE
1

SNE
2

SPA
1

SPA
2

BRH
1

DON
1

33rd* 3*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BTCC official 2011 entry list". btcc.net (British Touring Car Championship). 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  2. ^ Motorbase Performance confirm three car line-up, TouringCarTimes.
  3. ^ Mat Jackson wins red flagged first race at Thruxton, TouringCarTimes.
  4. ^ "Griffin to miss Snetterton". Crash.net (crash.net). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Griffin & Wood to return". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "David Bartrum's Blog". Motorbase Performance. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Motorbase confirm Griffin's return in Jacks Sears Trophy". Motorbase Performance (Motorbase Performance). 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Turner, Kevin (31 March 2013). "Brands Hatch BTCC: Lea Wood excluded, loses S2000 class victory". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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