Automotive Racers Hall of Fame – Matt Roberts Drifting

Photo: Matt Roberts Drifting

Automotive Racers Hall of Fame – Matt Roberts Drifting

Matt Roberts is a UK based semi-pro competition drifter who competes in various drift racing events including the HEL DriftCup and one day hopes to compete in the British Drift Championships.

Matt uses Bluestuff NDX race brake pads on the front of his BMW E36 M3 and on the rear he has Yellowstuff race & drift racing brake pads installed.

Photo: Matt Roberts

Name:

Matthew Roberts

Year of Birth:

1978

Team Name:

Matthew Roberts Drifting

Discipline:

Drifting

Highest Place Finish:

Top 16

Car/Bike Used:

BMW E36 M3

What`s your day job?

In the Army – The Parachute Regiment.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Getting in to competition drifting.

What would be your dream car/ motorcycle?

The Jaguar F-Type is a nice car and sounds like an animal.

Did you always want to be a racer or something else?

I’ve always wanted to be in the Army, with a passion for motorsport. So to combine the two is awesome.

Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or two wheels?

Rear wheel drive for me all the way.

What motorsport event would you most like to compete in?

British Drift Championship.

What is the most insane/scary/memorable drive/ride you’ve ever had?

The rear end of car swinging out at 60mph, just scraping the wall.

How involved are you in testing and mechanical tweaking before events?

I’m a strong believer in testing, as it gives you the time to make tweaks to any new changes without the pressures of competition.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Competing in the British Drift Championships.

What is your go to playlist or song before an event to get in the zone?

Anything rock or metal really.

If you could try any other motorsport which one would you choose?

Touring cars also interest me.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone in a car or bike on track and when?

80mph sideways is a lot more exciting than 140mph in a straight line.

What is your daily drive or ride?

Nothing too exciting these days. If not driving the support van, it would be the family saloon.

Who is your inspiration?

Arnold Schwarzenegger was my idol growing up. His dedication to his sport and work set me on a good path.

What is the one thing you could not live without?

If I’m tinkering with cars I think I would be lost.

What is your favourite takeaway?

Pizza.

Do you have a favourite movie?

Not really, but do like sci-fi.

Any bad habits?

I probably have loads, but I don’t think they are bad habits.

Tell us something about you that most people would not know?

I’m also a State Registered Paramedic.

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?

That hard? Maybe 100 duck-sized horses as in the confusion I could run away, lol.

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EBC Brakes Yellowstuff Brake Pads

EBC Yellowstuff Brake PadsEBC Yellowstuff brake pads are ultra high friction brake pads for race, trackday and street use, race drivers in particular love them because they are made from an aramid fibre compound. These pads are ideal for street and track driving as they don’t require a warm up but get even stronger under hard driving.

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