It has been a busy year for motor driver Matt Flowers, but not on the track – however, that is all about to change.

The Banstead man returns to action in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge this weekend at Brands Hatch having taken a year out.

In that time, the 27-year-old has moved home and begun plans for his forthcoming wedding – however, his break from racing is due to far more basic reasons.

Flowers said: “Money was the problem. I competing in 2014 without the budget of my rivals, and clearly is a problem.

“I’d race on old tyres and, more importantly, did not get the practice time in the car.

“I could have gone on the same last season, but I decided to take a year out, save up some money, and go again this year.”

Flowers will be driving a Ginetta G40 car, boasting a top speed of 130mph, a 1.8ltr engine and 160bhp.

He admitted his year-long absence has left him a little rusty, but he is hopeful it will not take long to get back into the flow of competitive motorsport.

“It’s another competitive field this year, with the addition of a few new drivers and juniors,” he said.

“It will be tough, and I will be practicing hard to get back up to speed.

“I would hope to be in the top six in the opening meetings, and then, going forward, I’d want to be on the podium.”