Matt's primary interest lies in flying, where he is currently engaged in pursuit of his PPL1 licence. Specialising in fixed wing aircraft, he has flown Cessna, and occasionally Tomahawk, aircraft out of Cambridge, Swansea and Cardiff airports, having first taken to the air in 2009.

Despite having to fit his hobby around both school and karting commitments, Matt has already racked up 20 hours 'air time', and is currently completing 'solo circuits' with Aero's Flight Training at Cardiff Wales Airport. He is progressing well through the necessary examinations, working towards the full total of seven assessments, but admits that his future training will be further compromised by his college and Advanced Apprentice in Sporting Excellence timetables. Despite that, however, he still hopes to be qualified to 'go solo' by the time he turns 17 in the summer of 2011.

Apart from flying, Matt is also keen downhill skier, having taken to the slopes at a very young age. Having been shown the ropes by his father, he has tackled resorts such as Tignes, Val d'Isere and Innsbruck, but again is finding that his opportunities to get away limited by his racing and education.

Similarly, finding the time to return to his roots and venture out on the trails of South Wales with his mountain bike has been difficult, but Matt tries to make the effort whenever he is in the area, knowing that it is a good mean of maintaining his fitness (provided he steers clear of Mark Webber-style mishaps!).

Of course, using the gym is a key part of any race driver's schedule, but Matt insists that his sessions remain 'an interest' rather than a chore and, under the watchful eye of trainer David Calver, he continues to enjoy the programme set out for him as part of his climb up the motorsport ladder.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.