Swift Rally Team

Matt Edwards

British Rally Championship winner.
International rally winner. Regular podium finisher. 
Drives the all-powerful Fiesta R5, very quickly.

Biggest Achievement

British Rally Championship 2018 - 1st place
Pirelli International Rally 2018 – 1st place
British Rally Championship 2017 - 3rd place overall

It’s been a sensational few years for Swift rally driver Matt Edwards.

His truly meteoric rise has taken him from promising outsider to the top of the British Rally Championship – the pinnacle of the sport in the UK. 

And with an incredible 2018 season behind him, he shows no signs of slowing down. 

Matt built his first ever rally car himself, at home in North Wales, splurging his student grant to do so. He slept in tents or in the car at rallies, performing his own repairs. 

He now drives the Swift Ford Fiesta R5 built by M-Sport – one of the biggest names in global motorsport. At rallies he uses a new Swift Go motorhome as a base, with his own dedicated team of engineers and mechanics. 

It’s an incredible journey, full of highs and lows and breathtaking feats. As a long-time sponsor, Swift has been right beside Matt through it all – from hairpin bends in mud-splattered forests to euphoric achievements. 

Follow Matt this season…

A speedy star is born 

Matt first appeared on Swift’s radar in 2010, as the undisputed star of a rally in which Swift chairman Peter Smith was competing. Soon after, we stepped in to fund a potentially career-ending repair bill. 

Matt continued to advance, eventually winning the British Rally Championship Class 2 after just six events in a car he himself built, maintained and repaired.

Swift had by now seen enough to know that Matt’s star was rising, but to challenge the best, he needed a more powerful car... 

British Rally Championship breakthrough

Enter the Swift-funded Ford Fiesta R5, a high-performance car equal to one of the world’s most challenging rallying contests.

Matt competed in the British Rally Championship Class 1 for the first time in 2017. Unproven at this level, he went up against the giants of UK rallying exceeded all expectations. Driving with navigator Darren Garrod, Matt finished 3rd overall in a thrilling closing rally on the Isle of Man to conclude what the BRC called his ‘breakthrough season’. Building on this success, Matt stormed through an illustrious 2018 season in which the Swift Rally Team dominated the competition to win the overall championship

Matt is competing in

MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) 2018

Overview: The highest level of rallying in the UK for professional drivers – testing ground for World Rally Championship

BTRDA Rally Series 2018 

Overview: Clubman and pro drivers go head to head on gravel courses in ultimate amateurs contest 

Podium finishes and upcoming rallies

British Rally Championship (BRC) 2018

Pirelli International Rally 28 April 1st
Renties Ypres Rally 22-23 June 1st
John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally    22-23 June 1st
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Round 6 4-7 October 3rd
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Round 7 4-7 October 1st

BTRDA Rally Series 2018 

Rallynuts Stages Rally 14 April 1st
Plains Rally 12 May 1st
Carlisle Stages 9 June 2nd
Nicky Grist Stages 14 July 1st
Woodpecker Rally 1 September 1st

Perfect Pirelli 2018 season

Having ended the 2017 season in 3rd place overall, Matt roared through 2018’s first BRC rally, the Pirelli International, in April to win with a 20.5 second advantage. 

And the victories just kept on coming. The Swift Rally team were the clear ones to beat throughout the year, culminating with a momentous win at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB to take the podium as 2018 BRC champions.

Matt’s triumphant 2018 season has given him the confidence in his talent to continue dismantling the competition, making him an even more formidable opponent for 2019.

Matt steps up to M-Sport 

Driving for what’s called a ‘factory team’ is the biggest accolade in motorsport, a dream which Matt achieved in 2018 when Swift partnered with M-Sport on a new Ford Fiesta R5. 

M-Sport is one of the biggest names in global motorsport and Malcom Wilson, the organisation’s managing director, is expecting great things from Matt, who he believes has “impressed a lot of people this year.”

Motorhomes and Motorsport

Swift has been a fixture on the rallying scene for over 40 years. As well as providing the M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5, we also provide the team with a motorhome as a base for rally events from our motorhome hire business, Swift Go. 

Motorhomes are perfect for motorsport, giving competitors somewhere comfortable to stay during events – right there on site without the need to rack up hotel bills. With a warm, comfy bed and home-from-home amenities, it’s a far cry from Matt’s early days camping out in his car. 

In 2014 The Swift Group teamed up with extreme sportsman Neil Greentree, owner and boss of UK windsurf Race and Demo team Team QSW. Neil has always been very outdoor minded and his passion for exploration and adventure continues to this day.

Swift are proud to partner Mission Motorsport, an armed forces’ charity doing amazing work with veterans to help them rebuild their lives through motorsport.

In 2018 Swift Group joined forces with Basecamp aficionado Will Hawkins, sharing inspiration and wanderlust as he and his crossover camping vehicle explore the UK, discovering new experiences off the beaten track.

Swift Group teamed with Airstream adventurer Andrew Ditton in 2018, sharing his travels out on the open road, exploring the unknown and discovering unforgettable experiences.

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