MEET THE DRIVERS: MATT GREENWOOD

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Matt's first year in Fiesta Juniors is off to a promising start - Photo: James Roberts

This season, we're going to be taking a closer look behind the scenes and talk to those who are front and centre in the Fiesta Junior paddock - the drivers. First up is Jam-Sport's Matt Greenwood.

Speaking to him on the Saturday morning of the Cadwell Park meeting between sessions, Scott Woodwiss asked Matt about his experience so far and what his first impressions of competing in FJC have been so far.

It’s great to see you here at Cadwell Park, Matt. How are you finding the weekend so far?
It’s a great circuit. I’ve had a few problems here before but I’m loving the track and I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead.

This is your first year in the Fiesta Junior Championship, but you’ve had experience racing elsewhere. Tell us about your career so far.
I started off in endurance pro karting, then I won the European Pro Kart Endurance championship. Last year I moved up to the Junior Saloon Car Championship, had something of a tough year and then came across the Fiesta Juniors for this season.

You had your first weekend in the Championship at Brands Hatch, what was the one big thing that you took away from that?
It’s great racing, so fair and I had some great battles with the other drivers out there with total respect for one another. It what you really want from a junior championship.

Do you think that FJC is becoming an ideal spot for anyone who wants to move up from karting into GT or Touring Car racing? Is that a personal aim for yourself?
Yes, touring cars or GT for me personally. I think it’s an ideal step as the cars have a bit more power and are a little more modern than those I’ve raced before. You just have to take it one step at a time and this is a great series to do that.

How have you found the paddock atmosphere so far?
I’m loving being around the other teams and drivers. The team (Jam-Sport) has welcomed me very well this season with me being new to them, as has the whole series. It’s just a really friendly atmosphere all through the paddock that I've really enjoyed.

What are your hopes for this weekend?
Ideally I’d like to bring some silverware back! That’s my hopes, but I’m always pushing as hard as I can to score the best possible results.

It’s a very competitive field this year. How impressed are you with the quality of drivers that you’re up against?
Absolutely, the quality of drivers is great. It’s tough to race against them out there, but there’s total respect for everyone involved at the same time. With how close the racing is, it’s going to be a great season.

Come the end of the year, what would you class as a success?
I want to get a win, simply. Everyone wants to do the same in racing so I think that’s got to be my goal. Other than that, I just want to do as well as I can.

After managing to qualify an impressive 6th, Matt would be forced to make do with 7th and 8th place finishes in both races. He and the rest of the drivers now move to the National circuit at Silverstone, the Home of British Motor Racing, on May 27/28 to make further progress towards his first podium.

Scott Woodwiss

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