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I am a 22 year old National Championship Winning racing driver, Ambassador for The Shaw Mind Foundation charity, supporter of Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. Born in Manchester, I have won National Championships in the UK and USA. I am the first British driver to be awarded the prestigious President’s Cup by the Sports Car Club of America.
I transitioned from being a championship-winning kart racer to single-seat racing in late 2013, at the age of 16.
I have worked hard on and off the track to improve my skills both personally and professionally. In 2014 I entered into a partial season of single-seat car racing. With budget constraints we worked, in the main, as a ‘dad-and-lad’ team.
In 2015 I won the BRSCC National and Northern Pre-90 Championship, the highly-contested Walter Hayes Pre-90 event at Silverstone with a number of other championship wins and runner-up spots. I was also awarded the Graham Peacock Trophy for my performance and attitude, both on and off the circuit. I also raced on the Brands Hatch GP circuit in a round of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, being one of the youngest to do so at that stage.
In 2016 I moved to the Post-89 class of FF1600. Although it was a tough year, I nished runner-up in the Northern Championship, 4th in the Scottish Championship and won the Star of Anglesey Series. I was really proud to be awarded the Scottish Motor Racing Club’s ‘Rising Star’ for FF1600 and to join three-times World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx’s ‘Young Driver Development Programme’.
For 2018 I entered the FIA F4 US Series to help develop the car a team new to the series. I was selected for my second year on the Motorsport Association’s (MSA) ‘Development Squad’ and continue with the ‘Andy Priaulx Sports Management Programme’. I competed in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and The Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, finishing 4th and 2nd respectively. For the second year in succession, I was awarded a ticket for the Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship Shootout at Wild Horse Motorsports Park, Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2019 I raced in the European GT4 series as an Aston Martin Racing Academy driver, which, whilst showing I had the pace to be at the sharp end of the race, for many reasons outside my control the results weren’t there. The season ended well back in my Formula Ford with a 3rd place at the Festival held at Brands Hatch.
For 2020 I am aiming to continue in the GT4 series.
It’s been great having Matt as part of the program. His 2017 results were tremendous when considering he made a move to the US and raced on all unknown circuits. His focus both on and off the track, his ability to think strategically whilst racing combined with his speed, talent and professionalism has led to his success………. He has all the potential to become a professional racing driver… and is at that level where we need to give him the chance to go all the way.
“As Matt’s engineer in his first event in GTs I was very impressed with the speed that he adapted to the size and weight of this car. His feedback was accurate and he improved throughout the weekend, I am sure he could be very competitive at this level in 2016.”
“Matthew was extremely impressive and we very much enjoyed having you both to be a part of the team for a few days. Hopefully this is just the start of Matthew’s af liation with the team.“ Matthew “is a front running package already in the F1600... I’m very con dent you would be a championship contender with Team Pelfrey.”
“It’s clear that Matt Cowley has got talent...he showed good pace in the races and I think if we get the opportunity to work with him again with some more track time we can make a lot of progress.”