Bird aims to soar on Ginetta debut

Max Bird in karting action
Max Bird in karting action
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Max Bird has grabbed a spot in the Ginetta Junior Championship next year.

The Chidham talent, 14, will join 25 other drivers – aged 14 to 17 – for the high-octane series in 12 months time.

Bird has been karting for much of his youth and narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish in the British Junior Championship after a tyre problem left him playing catch-up after the first round.

The racer has now set his sights on a career in motorsport and recently passed the racing car driver test at Silverstone to earn his licence.

Tim Bird, the teenage driver’s dad, insists karting was a stepping stone.

‘It’s difficult to turn professional in karting,’ he said.

‘Karting is good as it provides close competition but cars is the next progression.’

The Ginetta Junior Championships, which sees recognisable showroom cars racing bumper to bumper in close competitive action, will take place at all the major circuits in the UK and will run between April and October.

The event will be broadcast live on ITV4 and is expected to draw in excess of 450,000 trackside spectators over the 10 rounds.

While Tim Bird acknowledges this high-pressure environment will be a new experience for his son, he is confident he will be able to manage it.

‘It’s true, Max is not used to anything like this,’ he said.

‘But he’s very mature and he’s used to being put under pressure.

‘He’s very good at qualifying on time.’

With Max Bird receiving occasional tutelage from experienced racing driver Adam Morgan, he has been tipped for a bright future in the sport.

‘If I’m to believe what Adam Morgan tells me, he has natural ability,’ said the racer’s dad.

‘He’s very quick. When they were driving in Donnington, Max was actually quicker than Morgan.

‘It’s hard to be impartial but he’s got potential.’

Max Bird is currently seeking sponsorship.

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