Pukekohe’s Matt Griffin’s 2017 season in motor racing has gone from strength to strength.
Following on from the success at the Supercars round at Pukekohe Park Raceway recently, Matt received a phone call from Australia last week with the offer to drive in the Australian V8 Ute Racing series final round in Newcastle.
Matt has been dubbed ‘the flying kiwi’, after he took a historic victory in the ECB V8 Utes. He won the final ever race at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 over the weekend. It was said even before the final race of the weekend kicked off, Matt ‘made history’ by starting the final ever ECB V8 Utes race from pole position.
He lined up alongside Michael Sieders in the fight for the outright weekend honours.
The Pukekohe lad made it home cleanly without drama like his fellow competitors to take his second win on debut at the Newcastle street circuit.
“It was a shot out of the blue for Matt and his team,” said Branch Manager, BNT Automotive Manukau, Graham Wilson.
“This opportunity has come off the back of his great performance at the Pukekohe round of the V8 Supercars in the NZV8 support class, where he drove the Mortimer Motorsport V8 BMW to some excellent results.”
With such a short time to get things sorted and for Matt to travel to Newcastle, organising flights, licence applications and gear has been hectic for the team.
However, they would like to thank everybody who have helped make this opportunity as easy as possible, and to allow him to focus on putting on a great performance.