Matt Allison (racing Driver)
Matt Allison (born June 13, 1983 in Norwich) is an English racing driver. He is most well known for winning the 2006 British GT Championship and for racing in the UK's most popular racing series the British Touring Car Championship (btcc). He progressed through the ranks of British Karting winning 2 Championships and 2 Runners Up Trophies before moving to Formula Ford in the year 2000.
In his first year of car racing Matt won the BRDC Formula Ford 1600 single seater championship in 2000. He progressed to the senior Ford 1800 category for 2001-2003 with numerous podium finishes and a championship best finish of 5th in 2002. Funding issues, preventing a move to Formula Renault/F3 saw switch to front wheel drive saloon racing in the form of the Renault Clio Cup. A 3rd place in only his third ever saloon car race meant that Matt was again at the front of a respected British Championship and pushing for the title. Finishing 3rd overall with an impressive 12 podiums Matt went on to win the highly prestigious Renault Clio Winter Cup Series in 2005.
In 2006 Matt saw his career take a big step forwards when he was given the opportunity to enter the world of sports cars by racing in the British GT Championship. Matt drove his Porsches 911 GT3 to 4 wins, 9 podiums and 6 pole positions to clinch his third British Championship in six years. Racing across Europe, Matt won the highly prestigious Pau Grand Prix Street Race in France in July 2006 beating over 60 entries from across Europe.
In late 2006 Matt participated in the last rounds of the FIA GT3 European Championship at Mugello in Italy, racing an Ascari KZ1R. In torrential conditions he proved his talent in a car he barely knew by finishing second in both the two hour races, Ascari's best results of the season.
In 2007 Matt entered the British Touring Car Championship racing for Motorbase Performance in their SEAT Toledo Cupra's. Matt finished a very credible 6th in the Independents Trophy and 12th overall. His performance over the season won him widespread recognition as a Touring Car Driver and he was rated in the Top 10 of the BTCC 2007 Season by Autosport in his first season.
In early 2008 Matt signed to drive a Chevrolet Lacetti for Robertshaw Racing in the 2008 British Touring Car Championship season. With little opportunity to test the car before the Media Day at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Matt finished 7th for the day on his first drive in the car justifying his high expectations for the season. Matt put in some good performances in the first 9 rounds of the series, picking up some good points, but the car was weighted down by the organisers, making it uncompetitive & Matt had to pull out after the Donington Park rounds due to financial problems. Despite this, Allison was still 17th in the championship.
Unable to secure a satisfactory full time seat for 2009, Matt decided to take some time out to concentrate on his family business, for which he is the majority shareholder, and analyse opportunities from there.
It was not till 2011 that Matt made his racing return, in the highly competitive Renault Clio Cup. After 3 seasons away Matt showed no signs of slowing down finishing 4th on his debut and went on to score two popular wins at Croft.
2012 was a big year for Matt as he became a father for the first time with his wife Elise & he was also accepted as a full member of the British Racing Drivers Club (brdc) a personal ambition of Matt's of which he is very proud.
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—Dorothy Allison (b. 1949)
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—Robert M. Fresco, and Jack Arnold. Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar)