Swaf­fer aims for top seven

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Matt and Roger Swaf­fer head to Cad­well Park this week­end seek­ing more power in or­der to prove com­pet­i­tive in the lat­est round of the Marangoni Tyres Pro­duc­tion BMW Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

The pair have been test­ing two new ex­haust sys­tems ahead of Satur­day’s race, in what will be driver Matt’s first out­ing at the Lin­colnshire track.

Sit­ting eighth in the over­all standings, he will be look­ing to bet­ter three sev­enth place fin­ishes so far – twice at Brands Hatch, the other at Snet­ter­ton.

The 24-year-old

builder from New­ingreen near Hythe, said: “It’s a new track for me and I am go­ing there hop­ing to be in the top-seven again.

“I missed out com­pet­ing at Oul­ton Park due to the cost and dis­tance so got no points but ev­ery driver can drop their worst score at the end of the sea­son.”

Matt owned his first kart at the age of four.

He pro­gressed to win the Lydd In­ter­na­tional Race­way Ro­tax MIX Sprint Cham­pi­onship twice in suc­ces­sive years – in 2007 and again the fol­low­ing year.

He moved on to pro­duc­tion cars, qual­i­fy­ing on the front row on his de­but at Brands in May 2010. He fin­ished 12th last sea­son.

Dad Roger, a for­mer BT worker, who lives at Sha­dox­hurst, acts as Matt’s en­gi­neer and dab­bles in sec­ond hand cars to fund the rac­ing said: “It is all run on a shoe­string and prob­a­bly costs us £1,400 per meet­ing to take part.

“I re­built the engine my­self, spend­ing £1,000 in parts.”

The Swaf­fers have pre­pared a brochure hop­ing to at­tract spon­sors and any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact Roger on 07968 942938.

ON TRACK: Matt Swaf­fer in ac­tion

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