The Motorbase Performance Ford Focus of Liam Griffin suffered extensive damage in a crash in the final race of the day with the Vauxhall Vectra of Lea Wood – with concerns the car may not be able to race again.
Griffin and Wood had a coming together on lap six at Tower, with Griffin spinning off at full speed into the barriers, with the car catching fire as it came to rest, with Wood’s car also out of the race with front-end damage.
“Liam sustained possibly the most damage I’ve seen to one of our BTCC cars,” said Motorbase Team Manager Oly Collins. “We struggled with pace all weekend compared with the NGTC cars and rear-wheel-drive BMWs; I can’t say I enjoyed this event at all.”
Griffin, now in 19th place in the championship and at the first weekend of the year where he’s failed to score points was also downbeat after the race.
“I’ve been waiting for my luck to change and it just hasn’t,” said Griffin. “There’s so much contact now in the BTCC and it’s resulting in drivers not getting the results they deserve. It’s very frustrating that we’re spending a lot of time, effort and money on going racing and have nothing to show for it.”
“The guys in the team have been amazing,” added Collins “I can’t thank them enough for their efforts, time and time again, with nothing to show in return. Once again we have been on the receiving end of some really bad luck.”