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Griffin, Tordoff Confirmed at Barwell for British GT

Liam Griffin to be joined by BTCC star Sam Tordoff at Barwell in 2017…

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Liam Griffin is set to return to Barwell Motorsport for the 2017 British GT Championship season, joined by Sam Tordoff in the No. 6 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

This comes after last week’s announcement that Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen would stay in the sister car in 2017. Meanwhile, Tordoff and Griffin’s car will be entered under the GardX Racing with Barwell Motorsport banner.

Tordoff was runner-up in this year’s British Touring Car Championship, but he already has experience in GT racing, with appearances in JMW Motorsport’s Ferrari F458 Italia GTE during the 2015 European Le Mans Series season.

“I am really excited about 2017 as I embark on a new career in GT racing,” Tordoff commented. “It is something we have looked at pursuing for a while, and when this opportunity presented itself with Liam and Barwell Motorsport it was the perfect time to jump ship.

“I’ve known Liam for a long time and I think together in the Lamborghini we have all the tools in place to mount a serious title challenge.

“The British GT Championship is going from strength to strength and I am very aware of the expectations of the team to be at the sharp end of it – I cannot wait to get started!”

Griffin’s future in British GT was put under question following his disappointment at the Silverstone 500 race, in which he was shunted off track by one of the GT4 European Series entries. Nevertheless, he will return to the series in 2017 hoping to improve on a successful year with the new Lamborghini.

“I’m really pleased to be back in BGT for 2017 and with a new teammate that might raise a few eyebrows!” he said. “Sam had a great year in BTCC being both quick and consistent, attributes that are well suited to GT racing and ones that I hope rub off on me, to allow us to compete at the sharp end of the championship.

“I think that the BGT is going to be incredibly competitive this year with any one of the current entries capable of winning a race. Consequently every second will count and I am hoping that another year with the Lamborghini, for both me and the team, will give us that extra bit of pace to finally topple those pesky Astons!”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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