The second of our “Focus On…” features for the upcoming Kingsbury GP will be looking at Matt Wood, the former T850 monohull driver who has made the switch this year to F4 catamarans. I spoke to Matt today to get his thoughts ahead of the weekend’s racing.
“I am feeling much more confident in this new style of boat after the T850 of the last two seasons, and I must say I am very much enjoying the challenge of cat racing.” Matt went on to tell me that thanks to help from his sponsors, Atwell Labellers, the team have been able to make some small changes to the boat and have plans for further alterations to try to find the extra speed to get higher up the rankings.
“With this being my first season racing catamarans it has been a learning curve and a crash course in how to feel the boat and get to grips with the different style of racing required. Fortunately I feel instantly at ease and excited when I jump in the cockpit and with two 3rd place finishes I am confident that things can only get better with more improvements.”
Matt has made some great starts this year, improving on his qualifying positions at both previous rounds, and has gone on to have some thrilling battles on the water both fighting to move towards Sam and Rob ahead and trying to keep Ben and Leon behind him.
“Every time I jump in the cockpit I always want to win, as i do in anything I do, but I also need to remember that I am still learning and to be safe, which the team help me massively with. I am looking forward to getting back on the water at Kingsbury as I have enjoyed racing there the past two seasons in the T850s, and I’m really looking forward to driving the cat around there. So, let’s see what the weekend brings, as I am sure improvements have been made all round.”
Matt sounds confident, and so far this year the F4 class has provided some really great racing, so why not come down to Kingsbury Water Park (B76 0DY) this weekend and see if the gains made can push him closer to that top step.