Just a day after finishing third in race three at Rockingham on the 12th August, Matt Simpson has parted company with Eurotech Racing and will now run independently for the remaining rounds at Knockhill, Silverstone and the season finale at Brands Hatch on the famous Grand Prix circuit.
Matt Simpson previously raced in short circuit oval racing – competing in the National Hot Rods. He won many titles during his time racing with them, the biggest of which was the European Championship. In 2013, Simpson moved to circuit racing competing in the Quaife Intermarque Championship in 2013 and 2014 where he was a double champion winning the series back-to-back.
In 2016, Speedworks Motorsport signed Matt allowing him to pilot a Honda Civic Type R sponsored by his own company, Simpson Race Exhausts. He had a tough year, unable to reach the heights of his young teammate Tom Ingram. For the following 2017 season, Team Dynamics announced that they would run Matt, again allowing him to be sponsored by his own company. His performances improved slightly but he was still unable to reach the heights of his championship winning teammates Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden.
Over the winter between the 2017 and 2018 season, Eurotech Racing run by Jeff Smith announced that they would be running three Honda Civic Type R’s. One for Jack Goff, one for Jeff’s son Brett and another for Matt – of which all three drivers have enjoyed great success so far during this 2018 campaign with pole positions, race wins and podiums.
This year, Matt has improved massively getting consistent points finishes and breaking into the top-ten on occasions. At Oulton Park, he secured his first ever British Touring Car pole position and converted that into his first ever race win in the first race of the weekend. Since then, he has struggled a little with reliability and getting caught in other people’s accidents but in race three at Rockingham yesterday, he out-dragged the ‘pink-panther’ Sam Tordoff and championship contender Tom Ingram to finish third.
Matt is enjoying his best ever season in the BTCC, already surpassing his previous points tally from the 2016 and 2017 season with three tracks still to visit and nine races still to complete. This news has shocked a lot of people in the BTCC community, none other than team boss Jeff Smith who commented, “Having helped Matt to his best ever season in BTCC we were completely shocked to be told that he no longer wanted to run with us, especially immediately after the podium in race three. Whilst we are disappointed not to be running Matt for the rest of the 2018 season we wish him the best of luck in the remaining three rounds and beyond.”
It seems that this was nothing to do with Eurotech Racing but more to do with Matt, with many people calling it a “weird” or “interesting decision.” I’m sure Matt will finish the season off strongly and who knows, maybe he could run two cars in the BTCC for 2019 with former multiple National Hot Rod World Champion and current Ginetta GT4 Supercup star Carl Boardley piloting the second car.
By Jordan Hollands