Graham saves best to last as he seals the championship

Matthew Graham on his way to victory and the title. Photo: Chris Walker Photography
Matthew Graham on his way to victory and the title. Photo: Chris Walker Photography

Formula Fast graduate Matthew Graham was crowned British Champion after a dominating performance in the final round of the Junior TKM Super One championship at PF International in Lincolnshire.

The 15-year-old from Great Rollright cut his teeth at Formula Fast Banbury as a cadet driver and, after experiencing his first taste of speed, soon became a regular face at weekly Race Club sessions and the Formula Fast Cadet Championship.

It wasn’t long before he progressed to something even quicker and, under the guidance of founder Phil Charles, started his MSA karting career in Comer Cadets in 2011 with the Formula Fast Race Team.

Charles is the chief race engineer for Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team and now presides over F1’s latest exciting rookies Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.

With this wealth of technical expertise within the race team, Graham was quickly able to became one of the fastest young drivers in his category during 2011, despite his relative inexperience outdoors.

Charles said: “Matt showed a lot of promise in his novice days with the Formula Fast team, and was definitely never short of speed.

“He’s clearly been putting in a lot of hard work since and that has translated into a top result which he should be proud of. I’m sure it’s the first of many and I look forward to seeing Matt progress through the ranks.”

This season’s racing has seen Graham compete in the Junior TKM Super One Championship for the Edghill-based Jade Race Team. Junior TKM is one of the most popular classes in the UK, with Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Paffett and Anthony Davidson all racing in the category on their way to Formula 1.

Graham entered the final round trailing the championship leader by two points. But with a first and second place finish in the qualifying heats, he secured pole for the final races and led both to victory, winning the championship by a clear margin as the chequered flag dropped.