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Stamfordham-based race ace Matty Graham will return to the UK’s fastest one-make motor racing championship for the 2022 season, as he once again teams up with Stockton-based Redline Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

The partnership proved a fruitful one in 2020, when Graham secured the rookie championship for series newcomers and took third in the overall standings at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Showing front-running pace throughout the year, the highlight of the season was a sensational breakthrough victory at Knockhill, one of five podium finishes across the campaign.

Graham is part of a six-car assault on the championship by the Teesside squad, the most successful team in the series’ history.

Part of the support race schedule at eight British Touring Car Championship meetings, Porsche Carrera Cup GB is the country’s fastest one-make championship where identical cars put driver skill in the spotlight.

The 2022 season will be contested marks the 20th of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB which has been the launchpad for several professional sportscar and GT drivers.

It is one of the most competitive and exciting championships in the UK, utilising identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, with a new look

With a new car being introduced for 2022 in the shape of the new-look Porsche “Type 992” 911, Graham is hoping to make the most of the reset and enjoy another successful season.

Speaking ahead of the opening rounds of the season at Donington Park on April 23 and 24, Graham said. “It still doesn’t feel real that I’m racing the full season in the Carrera Cup GB. We’ve worked hard to get this deal together and I certainly don’t take these things for granted.

“Coming back after sitting out most of last year, my main concern was that I wouldn’t have much time in the new car and that it might have taken a bit of time to get back up to speed.

“We had a good day though at the pre-season media day at Silverstone though, where I found the car comfortable to drive and our lap times were promising.

“I’m pleased to be back with Team Redline Racing after a great year together in 2020. I’m just keen to get going now and see what we can achieve this season.”

Redline Racing managing director Simon Leonard said: “We’re delighted to be able to go racing full-time with Matty again this season. He showed us across the 2020 season just how much of a talented driver he is, with some brilliant performances led by his fantastic victory at Knockhill.

“It was a huge shame to see him spend most of last year on the side-lines, so it’s great that his hard work has paid off and got him on track again.

“He’s adapted well to the new car so far in testing and we’re confident he’ll be a leading contender in the championship again this year.”