Matthew Gilmore, although only 20, has already been competing in motorsport for over ten years and this year is determined to show his racing skills in one of the most competitive series in the world - the BRDC British F3 Championship.
He will be driving for Team Avanti alongside Stefano Fabi and is excited about the prospect of bringing an all British winning combination to the series. The team is using the brand new Ralt F302 car that is trying to break the stranglehold the Italians have had on the series over the past few years.
Belfast born Matthew started his racing career in Cadet Karts in 1991, but it was in 1998 that he really came to prominence when he won both the Northern Ireland and DHL `Star of Tomorrow' Formula Ford 1600 championships.
His successes to date have seen him nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award in both 2000 and 2001 and after finishing second in the F3 Scholarship Class last year, he has been signed by Team Avanti for a full season in the F3 premiere class in 2002.
He drove the Ralt at Pembrey for the first time on the 15th February, just four days after his 20th birthday and was very happy to describe this as `a late birthday present'.
Champion Northern Ireland Formula Ford 1600
Champion DHL `Star of Tomorrow' Formula Ford 1600 Series
Race Winner Formula Ford Festival 1600 Trophy race
Awarded RIAC Dunlop `Driver of the Month' (July)
Nominated for the RIAC Dunlop `Driver of the Year Award'
Awarded Avon Tyres `Most Promising Driver of the Year'
Awarded `Gary Gibson Memorial Trophy'
Awarded `Harry Johnston Trophy'
Strong showing in Slick 50 Formula Ford Zetec Championship
Competed in Formula Ford Festival Final
Champion Avon Junior Formula Ford Zetec (5 Wins) (8 Podiums)
Champion Euro Cup Formula Ford Zetec Promotion Class (2 Wins)
Nominated for `McLaren Autosport BRDC `Young Driver of the Year'
Founder member of the BRDC `Rising Stars' Category
Impressed in last round of British F3 Championship (Scholarship Class)
Second in British F3 `Scholarship Class'
Finalist (second year in succession) for `McLaren Autosport BRDC `Young Driver of the Year'
Signs with Team Avanti to drive in 2002 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship