Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Media Call Out: Opportunity to view Matts practice at Baskerville Raceway on Monday 5th November at 11am.
In car footage will be available.

Paralysed 19 years ago when hit by a drunk driver Tasmanian Matt Speakman back in his home town to race in Improved Production Nationals – first Australian in a wheelchair to race professionally

Tasmanian born Matt Speakman was 26 when he was hit by a drunk driver whilst riding his motorbike in 1993.

A serious spinal cord injury resulted in paraplegia and he was told he would never walk again.

Devastating especially given Matt was a motor sports competitor.

Even more so as on the morning of the accident Matt had signed a deal to compete in the 1993 Australian 600 Super Sport Championship.

But 19 years later Matt is about to embark on his most ambitious challenge yet.

Matt has just been officially awarded the Queensland Under 1600 Improved Production State Championship. Matt won the championship in the up to 1600cc class.

In March to September 2012 Matt competed in six rounds in the Improved Production Racing Association (IPRA) on racetracks throughout Queensland.

Matt won the championship in the up to 1600cc class.

Matt is now in his home town, Hobart Tasmania preparing to compete in the Improved Production Racing Nationals on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11

“Discovering the Nationals were going to be held at Baskerville Raceway
where I was a flag marshall when I was 15 and a spectator from the age
of two years was exciting. It’s as though I have come full circle and I am
so happy to be racing in the Nationals on my home ground” says Matt.

Matt will be competing against other drivers from other states in different classes of cars from 1000cc up to 6000cc.

In Australia Matt is the only person competing in circuit racing with a major disability. And he is one of the few to do so throughout the world.

He is an advocate for medical research to find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and has just been appointed Ambassador of Spinal Cure Australia Matt is literally racing for a cure.

On November 26 at Queensland Raceway Matt is test driving a GT3 Cup Car as part of the Porsche Sport Driving School Day under the direction of ex touring car legend, Tomas Mezera, and multiple champion, Andy McElrea.

Matt will then be entering the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia for 2013 commencing in April with a view to moving up to driving in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

“The opportunity to drive a Porsche GT3 Cup Car under the direction of Tomas Mezera and Andy McElrea is an incredible opportunity. All eyes will be on the stopwatch and that will be an indication on when I will be heading to Carrera Cup.

Matt’s opportunity to drive with Porsche is the first time in Australian history anyone in a wheelchair has competed at a national level on a race track let alone striving to reach the top level of motor sport, especially the iconic Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

“My ambition is to become a fulltime member of McElrea Racing competing in Carrera Cup alongside the V8 Supercars in Australia and my long term goal is to travel to Europe and race in the Porsche Supercup. And I know I will do it” says Matt.

Andy McElrea of McElrea Racing comments

“We are extremely excited to be a part of Matt’s Carrera Cup campaign. As a race team, we like to think outside the square while staying true to our ideals of training drivers to be the best they can be.

In this case there are obviously a few additional challenges, but we can’t wait to get stuck in to it”.

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Matt Speakman is the first Australian in a wheelchair to race professionally.
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