Northern European Cup (NEC) champion Matt Parry will link up with the Motorsport Association’s (MSA) national squad heading into 2014.
The Bury St Edmunds-based teenager has been invited to join the elite Team UK squad to receive performance management and support programme through the MSA and help him on his way towards his ultimate goal of racing in Formula One (F1).
Parry – who has been a member of the MSA Academy for several years and is on the driver development programme of F1 team Caterham – followed up success in the Intersteps title in 2012 by clinching the Formula Renault NEC title this year, both by huge winning margins.
“As part of the MSA Academy, I am well aware of the prestige that comes with being a part of Team UK,” said Parry. “I am fortunate to have had the chance to witness, first-hand, the benefits of the scheme, having joined last year’s squad on a training weekend in the Lake District.”
As a Team UK squad member, Parry will receive a bespoke performance management and support programme, working with an MSA level four-qualified performance manager, who will provide ongoing coaching, support, advice and guidance.
Each driver’s programme is tailored to their individual needs and requirements, mapped out using a scientific-based approach to talent development.
Along with the NEC championship, Parry has also been invited to join the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) Rising Stars programme this year, yet the 19-year-old Welshman could still hit new heights in 2013.
He is down to the last six contenders for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, which would win him a test driver for the McLaren F1 team and £100,000 towards his racing career if selected.
The winner is announced at the Autosport Awards on December 1.
As well as going through the McLaren Autosport assessment, Parry has already been testing ahead of the 2014 season and will get a taste of what may lie further into his future when he gets the opportunity to drive Carlin’s World Series by Renault car at a group session at Aragon, Spain – another reward for his NEC success.