Motor racing as hobby can quickly become an obsession and for Hampshire businessman Matthew Boyce the 2017 season almost saw him drive away with the championship.

Matthew, director a cyber security firm Cybermo, races a Golf Mk5 purpose built car in the Dunlop Britcar Sprint Championship. Like most drivers he picked up the bug with karting when he was young and with various test days throughout the years he quickly picked up his skills.

This was his first season in Britcar and the highs and the lows came in quick succession.

Matthew Boyce and racing partner Roland
Matthew Boyce and racing partner Roland

“The highlight was leading the championship until the penultimate race,” Matthew told the Solent Times. “However the low light was a driveshaft problem at Silverstone which meant we were unable to race and we lost out by 2 points for the Championship.”

The ‘we’ is this team is racing partner Roland, Matthew’s father Stan who is the manager and Adam the chief mechanic. For those with a ‘motor head’ their Golf is 300BHP, weighs 1150KG, Quaife LSD, Manual, semi flat floor and runs on touring car slicks.

Inside Team's Pits
Inside Team’s Pits

Even though the end of the season brought heartache, the memories are fond and Matthew can recommend a couple of tracks if you are thinking of having a go: “Donington’s craner curves are flat out and a blind entry so scary and very fast! And I must give a special mention to Silverstone GP as it’s the home of motor racing!”

“However,” he said, “we’re unsure of the series we will enter next year, we had a large off at Brand Hatch so will need to sort the car out and go from there.”