Matty attacks the curbs at Knockhill circuit

Matty attacks the curbs at Knockhill circuit

Matty’s first trip to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB podium was to collect the winner’s trophy following the first race at Knockhill circuit in Scotland, as he became the first winner from outside Team Parker Racing in 2020.

Lining up third on the grid Matty made a good getaway and was up to second as the field reached turn one, out-dragging Team Parker Racing’s Josh Webster off the line and holding his position into Duffus Dip.

Having taken the spot Matty and Webster engaged in an evenly matched fight, with the Eighty-One Powerdrink backed Northumbrian able to open up an slender half a second lead by the end of lap five.

Up ahead, Porsche GB’s anointed junior driver Harry King was stretching his lead after starting from pole position but, as the race headed into the eighth lap, the winner of five of the season’s six races pulled into the pits with a radiator problem and an enforced retirement.

Now in the lead, Matty had increased his advantage over second placed Webster to over two seconds and with the second Team Parker car battling with Lorcan Hanafin, was seemingly well placed to eke out his advantage at the front.

That was until lap 13 when Hanafin lost control and spun at Knockhill’s chicane with the resultant safety car wiping out that gap and leaving Matty to start from scratch when the race restarted four laps later.

Again the pair exchanged fast sector times with Webster able to find a tenth of a second in the mid-part of the lap as Matty took a conservative line, but it was advantage to the Redline Racing driver as he gradually re-established his lead.

It was approaching one second when an off for Mark Kimber necessitated a second safety car leaving Matty to face a six-lap sprint to the end to secure his first win in the series.

He was equally to the task though, as he again managed the restart well and pulled away to take the chequered flag by three quarters of a second.