COLCHESTER racing driver David Graves clinched a third-place finish in this year's Toyo Tires Production BMW national circuit racing championship (PBMWC).

It was the 33-year-old's best performance since joining the national competition, in 2013.

Graves, who lives in Old Heath, finished joint second on championship points out of 38 competitors but was awarded third place overall based on the number of race wins.

His white BMW 320i competed 14 times over seven weekends at tracks across the country, including the Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

Graves said: “This year has been a massive step forward for me as a driver, as well as the team.

"We’ve worked hard and stayed focused, putting in hundreds of hours in the workshop and tracks.

"I’m thrilled that I was able to reward their hard work with good results each weekend and securing third in the championship is the icing on the cake.

“The car has been faultless but my success is also down to my team and sponsors (Lucas Oil, MTEC Brakes and Gaz Shocks).

"They really are the best team any driver could have behind them and am so grateful for their support.

"Now the hard work starts again to get ready for 2018!”

Graves took pole position twice in 2017 and secure eight podium finishes, marking his best PBMWC result since graduating from the ovals to start circuit racing four years ago.

He is hoping to further his success next year when the championship starts again in spring, 2018.