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the ti­tle al­most ev­ery sea­son since join­ing the cham­pi­onship as a pair­ing in 2009, with their best re­sult be­ing third over­all back in 2010.

The pair left Bri­tish GT to pur­sue ti­tles in Europe and have raced to­gether in the Euro­pean Le Mans Series and more re­cently the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“Even though we’ve been rac­ing at the top level in re­cent sea­sons, it’s go­ing to be bril­liant com­ing back to Bri­tish GT,” said Ir­ish­man Grif­fin, 34. “I first raced in the cham­pi­onship in 2003 and did at least one round in it ev­ery year un­til 2014, and I’ve missed it.

“It’s good to have your name out there on a na­tional level as well as in­ter­na­tional, and Bri­tain has the best se­lec­tion of cir­cuits any­where in the world. They’re real, flat-out, un­neutered rac­ing tracks.

“Dun­can wanted to come back this year and add Bri­tish GT to our plans in Europe, and AF is the team to do it with. This will be the first time they’ve run a truly fo­cused Bri­tish GT ti­tle chal­lenge, so we want the ti­tle, both for the team and for Dun­can and I as we def­i­nitely have un­fin­ished busi­ness here.

“There’s been a lot of neg­a­tive talk sur­round­ing Bri­tish GT3, say­ing it’s dy­ing out, but that’s not the case. We’re ex­pect­ing a healthy and com­pet­i­tive grid next sea­son.”

AF’S en­try also marks the first full sea­son for the new Fer­rari 488 GT3 in Bri­tish GT, al­though one did fea­ture on the podium at Sil­ver­stone this year with Marco At­tard and Adam Car­roll mak­ing a one-off ap­pear­ance with FF Corse.

“The 488 is a huge step up from the old 458,” added Grif­fin. “It has 30-40 per cent more down­force and is based on the GTE chas­sis [used in the WEC], not an up­graded Chal­lenge car. As tech­nol­ogy moved on the 458 got out­paced, but the 488 will be at the front as it’s much faster in a straight line and has the down­force through the cor­ners too.”

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