Matt Parry’s continued success in international motorsport has gone hand-in-hand with similar progress through the ranks of the MSA’s talent development programme, culminating in a place on the elite Team UK squad heading into 2014.

Already a member of the MSA Academy for several years, the Welsh youngster’s back-to-back championship titles – in InterSteps in 2012 and the Formula Renault Northern European Championship this season – have contributed to his graduation to the ‘national squad’ as much as his renowned preparation, training and application off track.

As a Team UK squad member, Parry will receive a bespoke performance management and support programme, working with an MSA level four qualified performance manager who will provide ongoing coaching, support, advice and guidance. Each driver’s programme is tailored to their individual needs and requirements, mapped out using a scientific based approach to talent development.

“We’ve been working with Matt through the MSA Academy programme for a few years and have been really impressed with his approach and progress through the junior race categories,” MSA Performance Director Robert Reid commented, “We feel the time is now right for Matt to work with a performance manager on Team UK and we look forward to helping him establish himself as a racing talent to watch over the coming years.”

The Formula Renault NEC title was Parry’s first in international motorsport, and bore similar hallmarks to his UK success, with early domination interrupted by a penultimate round that put the title on hold, before he then claimed the title at the first opportunity in the finale. By beating drivers from the Formula Renault Eurocup who took in selected NEC events, the 19-year old was able to showcase his ability for future seasons, and his performance not only resulted in an invitation to join the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s ‘Rising Stars’ programme, but earned a place among the final six contenders for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

“This season has arguably been the most rewarding in terms of the opportunities that winning the NEC title has brought me, and the invitation to join Team UK is right up there with the best of them,” Parry commented, “As part of the MSA Academy, I am well aware of the prestige that comes with being a part of Team UK, and I am fortunate to have had the chance to witness, first-hand, the benefits of the scheme, having joined last year’s squad on a training weekend in the Lake District. I am looking forward to being a full member of the Team from next season….”

As well as the McLaren Autosport assessment, Parry has already been testing ahead of the 2014 season, and will get a taste of what may lie further into his future when he gets the opportunity to drive Carlin’s World Series by Renault car at a group session at Aragon in Spain, another reward for his NEC success.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.