Malcolm Smith joins Matrix Motorsport in driver development role

Press Information - 29th November 2018

Matrix Motorsport is pleased to announce that it has appointed the much respected and highly experienced driver coach Malcolm Smith, who has been brought in to help the team to build on its success from this year and further improve driver performance.

With 2018 Matrix Motorsport’s first full season of competition, when it fielded four cars in the highly competitive Renault UK Clio Cup, the team was greatly encouraged by scoring two podium finishes and multiple top-ten results. However, it knows there’s more to come and therefore the team is confident that Smith’s input will prove invaluable in helping its drivers push even further up the leaderboard.

Having been a driver coach for over 30 years, Smith brings with him a wealth of experience and an impressive track record of successes. His CV reveals that he was a front-runner in the British Formula 3 Championship during the ‘60s. He gave up regular competition in 1967 to develop his coaching career - initially with the Jim Russell Racing School - and went on to work with some of the most famous names in motorsport, a few of them going on to compete in Formula 1.

Smith returned to the grid in 1997, when he won the British Historic F3 Championship driving an ex-works Gold Leaf Team Lotus 59 and more recently has become known as the man behind the champions, having guided no less than five Clio Cup drivers to seven championship victories. This impressive statistic includes Paul Rivett, who claimed his fourth Renault series title this year.

“Having watched Matrix Motorsport all season, I can see the potential the team has and what I believe needs to be done to make a difference. I’m therefore delighted to be joining them”, explains Smith.

“I regard my role as one of helping nurture the driver’s progress and building on what the team has already achieved. I’m really looking forward to getting started and hope to be working with Matrix Motorsport for many years to come.”

One of the drivers that Smith will be working with is the team’s owner Jeff Alden, who is particularly pleased that the knowledgeable driver coach is joining his Midlands-based operation:

“Having completed our first ever season and making our mark within the Clio Cup, we know a great deal more than we did this time last year. Building a successful operation is all about having the right team around you and therefore, I’m confident that Malcolm’s input will make a considerable difference.

“In fact, I’ve already had first-hand experience of his advice and tuition. It didn’t take long before my lap times improved, so I really look forward to Malcolm coming on board and working with him on a regular basis before the start of the 2019 season.”

Matrix Motorsport Team Principal Dave Hayes is also pleased to see Smith join the team: “I’ve worked with Malcolm for a number of years when I was with other teams and I’ve seen what he can do. Whilst we’re not far away from where we need to be, I’m sure we’ll see an overall improvement and consequently, more podiums.”

Further details of Matrix Motorsport’s plans for next year and news of its driver line up will be announced during the next few weeks.