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I am a 25 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 a full member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) and the only British driver to be awarded the prestigious President’s Cup by the Sports Car Club of America.
Raced with Academy Motorsport in an Aston Martin Vantage in Europe in 2019 and in the Multimatic, Ford Performance Ford Mustang for 2020 to 2022 and competing again in 2023
2022 British GT4 Drivers’ Overall Championship Seventh
2022 British GT4 Drivers’ Silver/Silver Fifth
2021 British GT4 Drivers’ Overall Championship Runner Up
2021 British GT4 Drivers’ Championship Silver/Silver Third
2020 British GT4 Drivers’ Championship Silver/Silver Fourth
2020 British GT4 Overall Championship Fifth
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 finished 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 with a team new to the series. I was selected for my second year on the Motorsport Association’s (MSA) ‘Development Squad’ and continued 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 saw us back to complete unfinished business and aiming to win the British GT championship with Academy Motorsport in the Mustang. Race results early in the season didn’t help but with a strong second half of the season we finished as the overall GT4 Championship’s runners up and 3rd in the Silver/Silver class.
In 2022 I raced in my 4th season with Academy Motorsport alongside Multimatic driver Marco Signoretti. We built a good working relationship and had a season of “ups and downs”, with some fantastic races and podiums countered by unnecessary contact from other drivers and issues outside our control.
For 2023 I am racing for the 5th season with Academy Motorsport and my 4th in the Multimatic, Ford Performance, Mustang.
It’s been great having Matt as part of the program. 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. We see so many drivers come through this facility we know what the level is and Matt’s absolutely at that level and he needs to be given the chance to go all the way.
He’s obviously very quick, his initial approach to the car has been very refreshing, very quiet, very methodical with no drama. He gets in there and performs, which is very refreshing. So, very impressed at where we are now and we are only going to get quicker.
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.
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.
I’m hoping that we haven’t seen the last of Matthew. He is certainly talented enough to make it. However, as we all know, talent isn’t always enough these days. Having said that, never give up. As Murray Walker always says, anything can happen in motor racing, and it usually does!
He’s very focussed, which is massively to his credit, with a proven track record internationally, so yes, I rate him very, very highly.
I think that single mindedness of going to America where he could put together a deal that made sense and could compete in a new environment and win there and win the way he did, I think that underlines the thought that this is a very special talent. He’s more than just your average racing driver, he’s totally committed to maximising his talent. So for me it would just be brilliant to see him in a really, really good team looking for potential outright victories at Le Mans. I think Matt Cowley could really deliver in that situation. Great driver, great driver to watch, great guy to know.