Graham secures first Porsche Carrera Cup win at Knockhill

In Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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Redline Racing’s Matty Graham took his first Porsche Carrera Cup GB victory at Knockhill after a great start put him in prime position to capitalise on mechanical issues for his rivals.

Starting third on the grid, Graham powered his way past second-placed Josh Webster on the opening lap to put himself onto the back of pole-sitter – and five-time race-winner – Harry King.

With King pulling away, the Redline driver settled in to second but when the Team Parker driver was shown the black and orange flag and forced to pit for fluid leaking from the rear of his Porsche 911, Graham found himself inheriting the race lead.

Despite two safety cars to recover cars stuck in the Butchers gravel trap – first Lorcan Hanafin and then Mark Kimber, who had been battling Will Martin – Graham mastered the restart on both occasions to take the chequered flag first, half-a-second clear of Webster.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

Rounding out the podium was Ross Wylie, who made a bright start in his In2Racing machine and then capitalised on cars ahead making mistakes to make steady progress up the order.

It was the same story for Dorian Mansilla as he combined a strong start with avoiding trouble to take a season-best fourth, ahead of a charging Scott McKenna.

Martin took sixth for Richardson Racing, with Sam Macleod running out of time to close the gap and make a potential move before the 32 laps were up.

Eighth went to Pro-Am Class winner Esmee Hawkey, who recovered superbly from a crash in qualifying on Saturday as she tried to avoid a slower car.

Ryan Ratcliffe and Brookspeed’s Aaron Mason rounded out the Pro-Am podium, and the rest of the top ten, in ninth and tenth respectively.

Credit: Dan Bathie/Porsche

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