Matthew Cowley

Name Matthew Cowley
FIA grade Silver
Nationality British
Height 1.72m
Date of birth 11 / 10 / 1997
Place of birth Manchester (GBR)
Residence Manchester (GBR)
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Why GT4? The European GT4 series provides the opportunity to compete in a GT4 car only race in a series on some of the most iconic European circuits. The grids are large with a many manufacturers represented and the great driver line-up provides the chance for me to see how I can do against drivers from many countries.
This season's goals Moving from single seats to GT cars for 2019 is a new challenge for me. Having driven on many iconic tracks in the USA, the opportunity to drive on some of Europe’s most iconic circuits with Academy Motorsport in an Aston Martin GT4 as one of AMR’s Academy Drivers was a great attraction. I’m really looking forward to the season and sharing the car with my team mate Will Moore. We’re aiming for good things in this first season of the new AMR GT4 and will be working hard on and off the track with the hope of being selected as an AMR Junior Driver for the season 2020 season keeping my career heading upwards.
Greatest achievement Winning Sports Car Club of America runoffs at Indianapolis and being awarded Presidents Cup
Racing since 2007 (karting)
Race career (highlights) In 2015 I won the BRSCC Formula Ford Pre-90 National and Northern Championship, the Walter Hayes Historic and the Star of Anglesey trophy and was runner up in the Formula Ford Festival Historic meeting. In 2016 I was 4th in the Scottish F1600 championship, 2nd in the BRSCC Northern Championship, awarded the Scottish Motor racing Club (SMRC) “Rising Star”.

In 2017 I moved to Tampa Florida to race with Team Pelfrey in the F1600 series in the USAC/FRP Series, which I won achieving 17 podium places out of 20 races and finished no lower than 5th. I competed in the Sports Car Club of America “Run Offs” at Indianapolis which I fought off a last lap challenge to win. I was awarded the SCCA President’s Cup at their annual dinner in Las Vagas. The Cup is awarded to the SCCA driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. I am one of the youngest recipients and the only British driver to have been awarded this prestigious trophy in its 64 year history. Other recipients include: Roger Penske, Skip Barber, Bobby Rahal, Jim Hall and Paul Newman.

In 2018 I competed in three rounds of the FIA F4US Championship. I returned to the UK to compete in the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy. At the Festival I won my heat, came second in the semi-final and fourth in final. I was hoping for a podium position but my earlier pace was restricted through a tyre issue in the final. At The Walter Hayes I finished 2nd having to do it the hard way by competing from the “last chance” race due to an incident in the heats pushing my back from a winning position. I was close to a win having to pass 40 cars in three races to get to the runners-up spot. For the second year in a row I was awarded a ticket for the “Shoot Out” for the Road to Indy event in Phoenix Arizona but I couldn’t attend due to prior commitments. I also completed my second year with the MSA Academy Squad and third year with Andy Priaulx Sports Management team.

For the past few years I have been an Ambassador for a UK/USA mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation and more recently become a promoter of Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. I am supported by the US automotive products brand Justice Brothers Inc, Trigger Publishing, the publishing house for The Shaw Mind Foundation and Rugged Interactive, producers of sophisticated gym and training equipment.