I arrived at Silverstone extremely confident pre weekend as we had done a test there and we had learnt a lot and was very fast! When we got into Friday testing it proved I was quick on old tyres when everyone else had gone new and this was very promising for the qualifying on Saturday afternoon! Qualifying came and I got into the session and started pushing and I couldn’t get any straight-line speed and the cornering was absolutely awful, so I ended up p14 which I was extremely angry about so I came in and spoke to the team and they didn’t know why the setup didn’t work and then when we got back to the awning they found the a huge technical issue with my car but the damage was already done. Race 1 came and I started 14th and after a difficult and tough race I managed p6 which from where I started and the size of the track I was over the moon with. Race 2 I came into thinking I could win but I feel like we didn’t get the setup right and also I felt like I had cooked the tyres after the great drive in race one so I ended up a respectable 8th place, rounding up the weekend I feel like we all did our best and sometimes consistency will win.
R3 was at Thruxton Motor Circuit of which we hadn’t tested a lot at as the availability of the track is few and far between. Running up to the weekend I had spent a day on the track getting back into the swing of things this definitely helped find a base setup for the race weekend.
When we arrived at the race circuit on Saturday I felt very confident for what was to come ! this was going to be a tough task but I felt like we had the pace to win. I had to go straight into Qualifying on Saturday morning and I immediately felt comfortable in the car,on the second lap I set purple sectors and went P3 but according to a report from the marshall I had used track limits so they removed my amazing lap and used my second fastest lap leaving me P8. After some later analysis we found out from the camera footage I hadn’t actually used the track limits but we couldn’t undo the decision as it was too late ! making me very angry!
Race 1 I started P8 and made a brilliant start getting up to P5 but as the race carried on I started to get a problem with understeer and this confused me as the setup I was using shouldn’t produce this at all and this hugely affected the speed I was able to carry around Goodwood and Church!I could also feel the brakes going and this was causing me to struggle to slow my car down in the heavy braking zones, so I ended up finishing 7th. We analysed the data and the car and found that the left side brakes were hugely worn and were stuck on! not something you’d want round such a high speed track!
Race 2 I started off P7 and made and awesome start up to P5 and after a lap I was back down to 11th as I was forced wide off the exit of Church I then re grouped and thought to myself lets have this! and one by one I picked off 6 cars in 2 laps I the set my sights for the win of which I had to close a 5 second gap to the top 3 ! this I did and 4 laps from the end I had overtaken 3rd and 2nd place and had to close down on the first place car I was absolutely on it purple sectors all-round holding the fastest lap for a while, and with 2 laps to go I passed the leader with a stunning move around the outside of church and I took the lead which is where I stayed and I won the race gaining full championship points !
R1 of the Ginetta Gt5 championship was at Oulton Park a track which is a favourite of mine on the 2018 calendar. We started with practice on Thursday and Friday which as proven last year showed I was one of the fastest if not the fastest driver there!
When it came to Quli we were very confident as it was very wet and those are my ideal conditions, I was dominant through the session until the last 3 seconds when my team mate pipped me by 0.09 which was a shame for me but I was happy to still be on the front row. Race 1 we started off p2 and I made a good initial start but my clutch wouldn’t release which meant I then struggled down to turn 1 where by this time I had lost 3 places dropping me to 4th where I finished. Race 2 I made an amazing start up to 2nd of which was short lived when another competitor decided he would push me off the circuit dropping me down to 19th place of which I climbed back to 13th by the end of the race. Race 3 due to weather conditions was cancelled and will be carried over to Rockingham R2.
Overall the weekend was a learning curve and will be improved on.
For the second year running, Max Bird signs with Fenny Compton based Century Motorsport in the Ginetta GT5 Championship.
Bird, 17, had a successful season racing with Century in 2017, winning the season opener at Oulton Park and achieving pole position at the final round at Donington, netting a second and third that weekend. Ending the season fourth in the championship was an impressive achievement for his rookie season.
Century are entering their third year in the championship with the sole aim to take the title and with it being Bird’s second year, it’s a very realistic goal.
Bird speaking of the upcoming season:
“I am looking forward to this season and after the results I produced at the final round of last year I believe the championship is within reach for 2018. After winning Dubai in the A2 class at the beginning of this year I feel like I am ready!”
Nathan Freke, Owner of Century Motorsport, is pleased that Bird has re-signed with the team:
“It’s great to be working with Max again in 2018. We shared a lot of success in 2017 and the package we have for 2018 is a very strong one. Our aim is to win the championship and we believe that Max has the ability to do this.
The GT5 championship is an important one to us, as we want to offer a ladder system through Century Motorsport progressing into either Ginetta Supercup or our GT programme, and GT5 is the start of it all.
There is a lot of promising talent on the grid so it’s an exciting time for the future of British Motorsport. We are all looking forward to the season ahead with Max.”
Max is delighted to announce that he has signed with Go Motorsport Management for 2018.
Go Motorsport Management will provide support to Max during 2018 to help him achieve his goals and to further lay the foundations for the next few years when Max hopes to compete in GT Racing in the UK and abroad.
Max Bird is one of the youngest drivers ever to compete in the Dubai 24h series and came away first try with a class win. ” This was really a test of my confidence, fitness and mental focus without the team and my parents and the help i was provided i wouldn’t have been able to achieve this” Max is looking forward to this up and coming season where he will be competing in the Ginetta GT5 championship of which he came 4th last year in his first year and believes that the gain confidence from winning Dubai will enable him to mount his 2018 championship campaign.