Leeds Beckett Motorsport Society

Interviewee: Matt Arnold 

Edited by Holly Barr 


  1. Tell us a bit about your Team.

Our society provides carting, watching the Formula 1 and super car days. Anything to do with Motorsport we try to make accessible as it is known to be rather expensive, so we try to make it cheaper for all.

  1. How did you get into the sport?

I started when I was 11 in indoor racing. I then moved to outdoor which lead to National and European Level. But in the end was left with the choice of try and make a career out of racing and cars and not have the financial security or go to university so decided the latter.

  1. How do you think being part of a sports team has changed your university experience?

Definitely made it a lot more enjoyable. When I came to university I had the idea that I wasn’t going to do any more racing or Motorsport in general so was nice to find that this university did and I could keep going with it.

  1. How would you advise someone interested in trying the sport for the first time?

Come and see us at the Fresher’s Fair in September chat to the members and committee. Come along to sessions get a feel of what it’s like and also socials.

  1. What has been the best accomplishment for your team so far this year?

Attending National Championships, 6th overall and winner in class

  1. How do you deal with multiple members at training?

We go out in the cars with members and give them a bit of coaching and teaching that way. There are also two of us on the committee who teach everyone so we can alternate between us who goes out with them and who stays on the side and watches them that way. Common mistakes often arise in most members at the same time so it’s easy to correct them all as a whole. However we have regularly 10 at the indoor carting so it’s fairly easy to manage.

  1. Where do you see the society in a years’ time?

Based on interest and make the society accessible. More indoor carting, different tracks around the north, a 2nd racing team and super car days once a year or semester.

  1. What do you believe is key in creating a winning team?

Basis for a winning team, but believing in yourself and the team as well as focus and determination. Learning from mistakes and correcting them together. 90% of the time it’s all in the head and not the car itself

  1. If you had to sum up your team in 3 words what would you decide?

Fun, fast and determined

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