RACING driver Matthew Parr has traded his dream of being a Formula 1 driver for a similarly lofty ambition.
Matthew, from Warnham, has made the switch from single seater racing to saloon cars by moving from Formula Ford to the British Ford Fiesta Championship, and goes into this weekend’s final meeting of the season in a scrap for second place in the championship.
And after the realisation that F1 was not an option, the 25-year-old has set his sights in competing in the Le Mans 24 Hour race.
Matthew said: “Formula 1 was the ultimate dream. But single seater racing takes such a huge amount of money that it is practically impossible, the only other option is giving up racing altogether.
“I have followed endurance racing and I wanted to start going down the GT route, I needed to make the step out of single seaters, to make a step up was just miles too expensive.
“So the dream now is Le Mans, that’s why I have decided to go down the GT route. It has been difficult, as Formula Ford is rear wheel drive and I have switched to front wheel drive in the Fiestas.”
Matthew, who hopes to make a pitch to Aston Martin later this year to compete in next season’s British GT Championship, will battle Harry and Edward Cockill for second place in the Fiesta Championship at Brands Hatch. Leader David Brady wrapped up the title in the last meeting at Lydden Hill, and Matthew is confident, with two wins at the Kent circuit already under his belt this year.
“I did not get off to a brilliant start,” Matthew added. “But the races since have been quite a lot better after getting used to it.
“There should be some good races and I won both races there last time out.”
Matthew races for Daniels Motorsport this year and if he does make the step up to the GT Championship he faces annual costs of between £60,000 and £70,000.
For more on Matthew, visit www.matthewparr.com.