Max Bird, the reigning TVKC Junior Rotax Karting Champion, will embark on his first full season of car racing next year with leading Ginetta Junior Championship squad Total Control Racing after today, Monday, 7th December, being confirmed as the team’s second 2016 signing.
Bird, who made his debut in cars during November’s Ginetta Junior Winter Series where he secured a best outright finish of sixth in his maiden contest and went on to claim Rookie class victory in the fourth and final round, will team-up with Dave Wooder as part of TCR’s expected four car entry.
“It’s great to have Max joining us for next season and we’re obviously delighted to have two of our drivers for Juniors confirmed already”, said TCR boss Lee Brookes, “He’s another proven karter, has a very likeable family and we’re really looking forward to working with him in 2016.
“Max originally tested with us 12 months back, so we’ve known him a while, and we’re confident he can be a strong contender in his first year. He performed well in the Winter Series so there’s a lot to build on there – the plan is to be out testing as soon as we can in the New Year and prepare as well as possible for his first full season.”
The 15-year-old, from Chidham in West Sussex, began his competitive involvement in karting shortly after his eighth birthday and after initially starting out in club level competition he soon progressed into the national Super 1 Championships.
In 2011, Bird became Vice-Champion of the Forest Edge Cadet Karting club series and the following year dovetailed involvement in Super 1 and Formula Kart Stars before moving into Mini Max in 2013 where he finished 12th in the national Super 1 Championship.
Bird then progressed into the Junior Rotax category where he again just missed out on a top 10 position in the Super 1 Championship, before going on to claim the TVKC Junior Rotax Championship title this year.
Prior to his graduation into cars for the recent Ginetta Junior Winter Series, the teenager also took part in the annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship where he progressed to become a finalist. As he now prepares for his maiden season on the British Touring Car Championship support package, Bird is confident his partnership with TCR will deliver some impressive results in 2016.
“I’m really pleased to be joining TCR”, commented the West Sussex driver, “It’s a great opportunity and I’m sure the team will provide me with a car in which I can try to win races. Lee [Brookes] and his guys have been successful in everything they’ve done, so it’s fantastic to be able to be part of a team like that for my first full season in cars.”
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will be the venue for the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship curtain-raiser over the weekend 2nd/3rd April. The season will conclude back at the South East venue, albeit on the longer Grand Prix Circuit, on 1st/2nd October.