In a new series to EnduranceAndGT.co.uk, Editor Andy Lloyd talks to the next generation of prospective motorsport professionals. He begins this week with a conversation with Norfolk-based data engineer and student Jordan Bird. In 2016, Jordan worked as data engineer with Ebor GT, who contested the British GT Championship with a Maserati GT MC GT4 piloted by Abbie Eaton and Marcus Hoggarth. At the end of its debut season, the York-based team finished 6th in the GT4 Teams Championship with Eaton and Hoggarth finishing second in the GT4 Pro Am standings.
What first interested you pursuing a career in motorsport?
It started when I went to my first race at Brands Hatch in 2007 as a spectator with my father. I enjoyed the sound and the spectacle of motor-racing and I got talking to a few of the drivers and asked them questions about their cars. In 2008/09 I met Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, drivers at MTech, and I got on well with them. Then, in 2012/13, when Duncan and Matt drove for AF Corse I followed them and spent time in the pits.
It was being in the garages that gave me the opportunity to see motorsport from ‘behind-the scenes’. I got talking to some of the engineers, saw what they did and it was then I decided to see if I could pursue this as a career. I asked some of my engineer contacts how I should move forward and their advice was to choose a part of the car and develop some specialist knowledge. I already had an interest in IT and I enjoyed motor racing so I decided to merge the two and focus on data?