Team Griffin – A Viper On A Budget
Team Griffin’s British GT bound Chrysler Viper had another
outing last weekend, in the EERC GT Open at Brands Hatch - in the
hands of Julian Griffin and Neil Waterworth.
It was another rung on
the ladder towards fully understanding the big V10 N-GT (GT2) machine.
“This is some step
up from a Renault Clio,” said team owner Julian Griffin, “with
such a jump in power and the change to rear wheel drive, and in
conditions like we’ve got today (wet and greasy).
The Viper is in precisely
the same spec. as it was at the end of the 2001 season and it clearly
still has the pace to take the fight to the British GT regulars.
There’s more to come though:
far more we could do with suspension, a rear wing and a sequential
‘box, the current gearbox is really not very nice at all;
and there’s far more to come from both of us too,” added
to show what can be done in GT racing with the sensible application
of a limited budget,” said Griffin. “The re-introduction
of Friday testing is very good news because it allows us to learn
more about the car quickly and cheaply. And if things go our way
we’d like to take the Viper to the Spa 24 Hours and perhaps
a Belcar enduro. Make no mistake, we’re serious about this,
we’d like to work towards a programme that sees us with equipment
in the future that would allow us to have a crack at Le Mans.”
The horrible conditions
at Brands on Saturday afternoon were particularly tricky in the
grunty Viper – especially as Neil Waterworth was suffering
very badly with a misted screen in the first half of the event.
Poor Julian Griffin didn’t get through lap 1 in part two,
skating off at Stirlings.
New blood for GT racing,
in a car which will draw a crowd – excellent news for the
2005 British GT season.