Pukekohe Motor Racing driver Matthew Griffin recently defended his Castrol BMW E30 title in style winning the Championship with two races left to go in the series.
The final round was held at Hampton Motorsport Park on March 25 and 26 and with three races over the weekend Matthew finished a close second in the first race held on the Saturday after he started from grid eight after a poor qualifying. He worked his way up to the top, setting the fastest lap for the race.
The championship was made up of 7 rounds raced at Hampton Park, Pukekohe Park, Taupo international Raceway and Manfield raceway. Out of the seven rounds Matthew won six of them with the one round he didn't win, finishing second.
He set nine fastest laps during the season and was the fastest qualifier at three of the rounds. During the season Matthew finished every race so all that extra work in the garage after work paid off with not only the fastest car but also a very reliable car.
It has been a three year campaign for Matthew in the BMW E30 and to win two championships and come third in his first season has been a job well done. Now it’s on to the next phase in Matthew's motorsport career which will see him moving up to the next BMW class where here will be racing a two litre BMW E36. The 2017 / 2018 starts in September and the new car is still a bare shell so there’s still a lot of work to do.
Matthew won’t be resting around till September as he has a chance to compete in the North Island Endurance in the one hour section. For now he is getting a funding plan together.
Overall Matthew has had a great season and none of his success would not be possible if it wasn’t for all his sponsors and supporters. Winning the championship for a second time was a great way to say thanks to them all. Roll on the next BMW race season.