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I am a 23 year old UK/US National Championship Winning racing driver, supporter of Nordoff Robbins and Caudwell Children’s charities and mental health champion for Shaw Mind mental health charity. Born in Manchester, I have won multiple National Championships in the UK and USA. I am the first and only British driver to be awarded the prestigious President’s Cup by the Sports Car Club of America
Racing in British GT4 with Academy Motorsport in the Multimatic Ford Mustang for 2021.
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’.
In 2017 I moved to the USA to race in the F1600 series. I won numerous races and many podium finishes in the FRP F1600 series, resulting in winning the championship. I also competed in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Run Offs held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I won the F1600 race as a Rookie. In recognition of my abilities and approach both on and off the track I was awarded the SCCA “President’s Cup” the only British driver to be awarded this prestigious trophy and one of the youngest recipients in its 64 year history.
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 raced for a second season with Academy Motorsport this time in the British GT Series in a Multimatic Ford Mustang GT4. We had some great successes in the season, front running and challenging for the championship title up to the last race at Silverstone. We brought home Academy’s first win in the Mustang, along with other podium places, pole positions, fastest laps and lap records.
2021 sees us aiming to complete unfinished business and aiming to win the British GT championship with Academy Motorsport in the Mustang.
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.”