Max’s magic puts him on track for Formula 1 dream

Max Bird shows the style that has earned him a place on the young drivers' programme  Picture by
Max Bird shows the style that has earned him a place on the young drivers' programme Picture by
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A talented young racing driver from West Sussex has been granted a fantastic opportunity to progress his career in motorsport by securing a place on a young driver programme that could lead ultimately to F1.

Max Bird, 13, a successful kart racer from Chidham near Chichester, has been selected to join the Young Racing Driver Academy.

Bird started karting aged seven and is now racing for Coles Racing in the British Super One Championship, the top level of karting in the UK.

The Young Racing Driver Academy has been set up by sports management consultancy The Business of Sport, top motorsport team Arden International and sports law firm 7 Legal.

The academy will deliver a dedicated programme focused on maximising Bird’s on-track and off-track potential. It will also aim to provide Max with the skills and support to help him make a successful transition from karting into single-seater racing.

Bird said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to being part of the Young Racing Driver Academy and to work with Arden and the other partners involved as I focus on making the transition from karts to racing cars.”

Steve Hutchinson, director of The Business of Sport, said: “The three key attributes that we look for in a driver are pace, race craft and temperament, and we believe Max possesses these in abundance, which is why we wanted him to be part of the academy.”

Garry Horner, team principal of Arden International, said: “Arden is pleased to support the next generation of young British drivers on their journey to the higher echelons of motorsport, and we hope to see Max racing for Arden in the future.”

Bird is hoping to attract support from individuals or organisations interested in nurturing young talent and who are interested in being part of his journey from karting to racing in single-seater cars and towards his ultimate goal of racing in F1.

If you are interested in supporting Max, please contact his dad Tim Bird on 07850 218010 or by email at - and you can follow Max’s progress at