Misano 06-07.05.2017. GT4series Brand Hatch. Photo: Chris Schotanus/GT4series.com

Northumberland-based driver Matty Graham earned a podium finish in the GT4 European Series Northern Cup at Brands Hatch on May 8.

Graham, from Stamfordham in Northumberland, competed in the UK round of the European GT4 series aboard a McLaren 570s – the same car he competes with in the British GT championship.

The 20-year-old’s deal to compete in the Blancpain GT-supporting event came together at the last minute and saw the youngster compete in the two races with Hungarian co-driver Csaba Mor.

Race one saw Mor start the race from fourth position on the large 30 car grid and would hand the car over to Graham from fourth after battling with the leading pack of cars.

However a slow pitstop would see Graham filter back into the race in tenth place, meaning the Northumbrian would have it all to do to fight back through the grid.

After a safety car was called when the #61 Aston Martin went into the gravel trap, this enabled the now eighth placed Graham to close up the gap to the cars in front.

And when the safety car period ended, Graham instantly began his comeback drive and was up to a fine fifth after just one lap under green flag conditions and would go onto climb into third by the end of his 30 minute stint at the end of the race.

Race two saw Graham start the race and the McLaren driver was again at the sharp end of the grid and would hand over the car to co-driver Mor in the top five.

And Mor would initially continue where Graham left off and keep moving up the field and crossed the finishing line in fourth position; just four tenths of a second behind Matt Nicholl-Jones in the #62 Aston Martin.

However, Mor’s driving standards didn’t go unnoticed by the stweards and as a result of overtaking a car under yellow flag conditions – something that is forbidden in motorsport – the pair would be classified down in 19th overall after receiving a 30 second penalty after the race.

After Graham’s European adventure at Brands Hatch, he will now turn his attention to the next round of the British GT Championship, which takes place at Snetterton in Norfolk on May 27-28.