Job well done in first year of GT's for Matty Graham

Monday, September 12, 2016

Macmillan Racing's Matthew Graham declared himself happy with his first year in the championship, after completing the season with a strong second place at Donington Park.

The 20 year old from Stamfordham, Northumberland, enjoyed another strong weekend alongside team mate Jack Mitchell and the team, with the Aston Martin Vantage placed at the sharp end of the GT4 field throughout the weekend.

And while braking issues in the second hour of the race stifled hopes of taking a maiden victory, it was a situation about which Graham remained sanguine.

He said: “We’ve had a good season, we’ve been getting progressively faster throughout the year and more consistent. I’m a bit gutted not to get a win, particularly here at Donington when we were really, really close, but things like brake problems, you get in GT racing.

“I thought we were going to catch the leader quite comfortably, the brakes had an issue coming out of the pits and after a lap pumping them, I was taking some good chunks of time out of the lead and was under four seconds behind with three quarters of an hour to go.
But then the problem came back and there was nothing I could do but look after the car and make sure it got to the finish.”

It was a fourth podium visit of the year for the team and the third in four races, underlying the progress made by both drivers and the team since starting the season as a brand new outfit in April.

Graham added “It’s been one of my more enjoyable years in racing, being back at the front end of the field and fighting for wins in a competitive car, it makes a big difference and hopefully it is just the start of a lot more to come.

“We started showing some good pace at the first round at Brands Hatch and were battling for the lead before the accident with Phil Dryburgh, so the signs were there from the off.

“We’ve had some really strong races at Oulton Park, Spa, Snetterton and here at Donington, and then there have been some like Rockingham or Silverstone where problems or mistakes have meant we had to settle for whatever we got.

“But I think to end the season in a position where we were expecting to have strong results, rather than hoping says a lot about us as a team.

“Jack and I have improved over the year while the engineers, led by Pete Weston have been brilliant. It’s been a pleasure work ” ing with them and I’d like to thank them for all the effort they’ve put in because it has been key to us doing what we have on track.

Source material - Matty Graham PR
Photo credits - Jacob Ebrey
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