SUPERSTAR STATUS


Matt Parry’s ascent of the international motorsport ladder has been recognised by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, which has upgraded him to its SuperStars programme just a matter of months after adding him to its Rising Star roster.

The 20-year old Welsh talent followed his triumph in the 2012 InterSteps series with an equally convincing success in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup last season, and his performance has already been rewarded with both the Carwyn James Young Sportsman of the Year and McLaren Autosport BRDC awards. Despite having been granted Rising Star status by the BRDC as recently as August 2013, he has now been invited to join the ranks of ‘SuperStar’ by the same organisation, adding to similar promotion to the MSA’s elite Team UK talent pool in November.

Now in its seventh year, the BRDC SuperStars scheme selects the brightest British racing talents to benefit from training programmes designed to keep them at the front of the field as they move up through the ranks of national and international motorsport.

In addition to access to the Silverstone-based British Racing Drivers’ Club, and the opportunities it provides for networking, members of the SuperStars scheme also receive assistance with other aspects essential for building a career in the sport, including physical and mental training, team building skills and PR and sponsorship advice. The drivers also gain the from the media coverage that the SuperStars programme generates for the those on the programme.

"I am delighted to have been asked to become a BRDC SuperStar,” Parry admitted, “It was less than a year ago that I accepted the honour of becoming a Rising Star, so this latest invitation is more than a little unexpected, but it caps the most successful season of my career to date, adding to the Formula Renault NEC title and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

“There is a lot to gain from being a part of the programme, but also a lot of responsibility in representing one of the biggest motorsport organisations in the world. I look forward to representing the BRDC in Europe in 2014 and making the most of the prestige and assistance the SuperStars programme provides as I chase success in the Formula Renault Eurocup."

Parry will be the only Formula Renault Eurocup driver on the 2014 BRDC SuperStars squad, which comprises talent from both single-seater and sports/touring car racing, including representatives from GP2, GP3, Formula 3 and the World Series by Renault.

The Fortec Motorsports driver recently completed the first official Eurocup test session of 2014, at Motorland Aragon in Spain. With the fastest 20 drivers covered by a single second, the season looks set to be highly competitive, and Parry was satisfied to have lapped right on the pace, setting the best time of all on old tyres and finding a good balance on his Caterham-liveried entry over the two days. Testing continues at Paul Ricard in southern France this week [5-6 March]

 

Article created by Craig Llewellyn.