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I am a 20 year old National Championship Winning racing driver and Ambassador for The Shaw Mind Foundation charity. Born in Manchester, UK and currently racing in the USA where I won the F1600 FRP/USAC National Championship and the SCCA Formula F Run-Offs at Indianapolis.
I transitioned from being a championship-winning kart racer to a single seat Formula 1600 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’.
At the start of 2017 I was selected to be one of only 12 drivers on the Motorsport Association’s (MSA) ‘Development Squad’. Following successful testing, in January 2017, I signed to race for Team Pelfrey in the US National F1600 Series. Subsequently I went on to win the F1600 Championship, the SCCA Formula F Run Offs in Indianapolis and secured a place in the Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship Shootout. In January 2018 at the SCCA’s “Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner” in Las Vegas I was awarded the President’s Cup, being one of the youngest and the first Britain to be awarded the honour.
“As Matt’s engineer in his rst 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.”
“Matthew has not only met but also exceeded our expectations. His natural talent in conjunction with his race craft will ensure he continues winning races for a long time.”