About Matthew

After a successful 5 years of karting I took my ARDS test on my 16th birthday at Anglesey to allow me to race cars. I passed my test and had my first race lesson in a Lotus Elise followed by a surprise birthday cake with thanks to Richard and Annette of Anglesey Circuit.

 

My first outing in a Formula Ford was at Anglesey for their “Winter Warmer” in December 2013.  I was told the car, “Ronnie”, had been “borrowed” for me to use, only to be presented with a photograph at Christmas telling me it was mine all along!!

 

The 2014 season was punctuated with missed rounds because of my GCSEs and competing in my final year of Junior Rotax, which I won. I enjoyed my first partial season in Formula Ford pre-90, a big step up from karting with things happening a lot faster with greater consequences if they went wrong. I finished 8th in the Triple Crown, 10th in the Northern Championships and 11th in the National Championship competing in less than 50% of the rounds. I also took part in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

 

As expected, 2015 was a big commitment with travelling thousands of miles to the race meetings, but it was worth it with a great season. As with 2014, I raced with the car prepared by Hugh Williams, and helped by Hugh and my dad at the track. The racing was hard and close and great to be involved in, winning the: National Championship; Northern Championships; Oulton Autumn Championship; Star of Anglesey; and the Walter Hayes Historic Final. I was also second in the: Triple Crown; Champion of Oulton and Formula Ford Festival Historic Final. Thanks to all who supported me in my first full season. I also had the chance to race in a Century Motorsport prepared Ginetta G55 at Brands Hatch in the last race of the Ginetta Supercup Series, a weekend of mixed emotions, but what an 18th birthday I had !!

 

2016 was a challenging season in more ways than one, travelling to 23 race meetings located from Brands Hatch to Knockhill and circuits in between, including Zandvoort in Holland. The step up to the FF1600, Post ’89 class in the BRSCC and SMRC championships meant I had to get used to a new car and racing against a greater number of front running, competitive drivers, which made life very interesting and great to be involved in. The season was hindered by two engine failures, reduced power of the spare and other mechanical failures. Despite this, I continued to push hard, focussing on each race rather than the overall season. This approach resulted in me securing a number of podium finishes, winning Champion of Oulton and Star of Anglesey, finishing 2nd in BRSCC Northern Championship, and 4th in the Scottish (SMRC) Championship. I was also honoured to receive the “Rising Star” award for FF1600 from the Scottish Motor Racing Club providing the opportunity to visit the McLaren GT and McLaren Technology Centre and attend a MSA Performance Masterclass. I was also selected for the MSA Academy Squad Programme and the Andy Priaulx Sports Management programme for Young Drivers. Many thanks to all there for the great time and also everyone at all the circuits and behind the scenes for a tremendous season of racing.

 

In March of 2017 I was proud to race under the resurrected Ecurie Australie team name in the Phillip Island Classic, Australia, finishing 4th out of 45 cars and setting 3 fastest laps. I am now in the US racing in the F1600 series with Team Pelfrey, a leading US team with cars from F1600 to Indy Lights.

2015 Season

33 Races

25 Podiums

11 Wins