Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Graham Proves He's So Driven as He Hits Top Gear in Belgium; Spa and Silverstone High Spots of Matty's Busy 2017 MOTORSPORT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Graham Proves He's So Driven as He Hits Top Gear in Belgium; Spa and Silverstone High Spots of Matty's Busy 2017 MOTORSPORT

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Matty Graham celebrates after two victories in the British GT meeting at Spa in Belgium. Picture: JAKOB EIGHT races, across two championships with three teams and two makes of cars made the 2017 motorsport season one filled with variety for Stamfordham-based Matthew Graham - even if it was not the one he had envisaged.

After an impressive first season in endurance racing in 2016 with the Macmillan Racing team, the 21-year-old had anticipated stepping up into the GT3 category and challenge for the main British GT title.

A long winter, however, provided no joy in a search for sponsorship which would enable that graduation to take place - and so saw him instead return to the GT4 grid for the start of the season at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend.

Joining the In2Racing team for its first foray into the championship and alongside an amateur driver for the first time in his career, the opening weekend saw Graham (pictured below) on a steep learning curve - having turned only six laps in the team's McLaren 570S before the first official practice session.

A difficult Saturday gave way to a much better Monday, denied a podium finish after a strong drive in the day's first race through an electrical issue before a well-deserved second place was taken in the second.

It was a result set up by a storming opening half-hour from Graham, which saw him surge from 12th on the starting grid to second and right on the leader's gearbox as he pitted to hand over to team-mate Marcus Hoggarth.

A practice crash for the Am driver at Rockingham prevented the duo from backing up that result and solid pace from Graham, with substantial damage the team was unable to fix and unable to race.

The accident resulted in Graham's next outing with In2 being in June at the Silverstone 500.

However, that would not be his next event thanks to a one-off outing in the GT4 Northern European Cup, where the Northumbrian underlined his credentials with Dutch team Equipe Verschuur.

Two impressive drives saw him race wheel to wheel with some of the best drivers in the class and lay the foundations for a superb drive at the British Championship's blue riband event. …

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