Buxton student puts his mind to Touring Car success

Matt Hamilton. Photo contributed.
Matt Hamilton. Photo contributed.

A BUXTON student will be lining up to race in the British Touring Car Championship next season.

Matt Hamilton, 21, will drive for TH Motorsport next year, and is currently working with the team to prepare their Skoda Octavia for testing this winter.

Matt, 21, from Hemel Hempstead, completed a Joint Honours BA (Hons) degree in Sports Psychology and Sports Development at the University of Derby Buxton in June, and what he learned during the degree is proving invaluable as he pursues a career in motorsport.

“Most people study sport psychology so they can help sportspeople reach their peak performances, but I’m putting theory into practice on myself,” said Matt.

“Everything I’ve learned helps me when I race – especially as motorsport is such a mental sport. Once you’re in the car, your mind is in complete control of how the race goes, so mental preparation is key.

“Driving fast and winning races is all down to confidence. You need to be able to learn from past experiences but not let bad performances haunt you.”

Matt began racing karts at the age of eight and has been racing cars since he was 16, before most people even learn to drive.

Throughout his studies, Matt continued to pursue the sport, even competing in the 2010 British Touring Car Championship season for TH Motorsport while studying towards his degree.

John Pates, lecturer in Sports Psychology at the University of Derby Buxton, said: “We’re all really pleased for Matt and wish him the best of luck for his future in motorsport. This proves the variety of pursuits that sport psychology can be applied to, and the different roads that a degree can take you down.”

Matt will formally graduate from his degree at the University of Derby Buxton’s awards ceremony in December.