Yorkshire’s Matt Greenwood is edging closer to the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship after enjoying the perfect weekend at Snetterton, where he and Tockwith Motorsports (TMS) team-mate, Sarah Moore, won both class races.
Matt, a former Cundall Manor School pupil, drove like a champion by nursing his Ginetta G50 to the chequered flag in race one, despite the car suffering a broken wheel on the last lap, and then using his intelligence and race-craft to beat the adverse weather conditions in the second race.
At just 16, Matt is on the verge of winning the Britcar title in just his first year of senior racing; in fact, he and Sarah are already champions after securing the ‘class 4’ championship at Snetterton.
In Britcar, there are five categories known as ‘classes’. Every car from each class lines up on the same grid, and while all drivers are allowed to race one-another and there is an overall race victor, there is also a winner per class.
Points are then allocated and, irrespective of which class a driver is in, the most consistent driver pairing over the course of a season are crowned Britcar champions. At this stage, with just two rounds left (Silverstone and Brands Hatch), Matt and Sarah have been most consistent, registering a podium finish in every round so far.
Matt said: “Obviously, it’s a great result for the whole team. Personally, to win a championship in my debut season is great, but the overall title is what we’ve all been striving for since day one.
“It’s not a done deal either, as our rivals actually reduced our lead slightly due to the number of cars they had in their class, allowing them to score more points.”
Winning both races was hailed as the “perfect weekend” by Matt, but it could’ve been very different: “Both races were exciting for the neutrals but nerve-racking for the team!”
On the broken wheel, he added: “That moment certainly made me draw on my mental strength. I managed to nurse the car over the finish line and then stop in a safe place. It took quite some time to recover me and the car, which meant the team had little time to repair the wheel, and they were forced to do it in the paddock area as other teams were using the garages.”
It proved to be an emotional couple of days for Matt, as he returned home for the final time before heading off to Loughborough the following day to study at the MSA Academy. Following outstanding GCSE results, he will now spend two years at college before deciding on his long-term future.
The next round is at Silverstone (6thOctober), where officials from his chief sponsor, Whitworth Chemists, will be cheering him on. Matt paid tribute to his backers: “A massive ‘thank you’ to all my sponsors, all of whom have supported and believed in me. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing, and I am delighted for them that Sarah and I have been able to deliver results – hopefully, we can deliver the biggest prize of all.”back to news