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20 October 2008
Training in Italy
Hi guys, Just got back from Italy where I was training with Formula Medicine.

23 September 2008
A nice big trophy
Hi guys, just got back from Barcelona and for the first time in a while, I was s

3 September 2008
Friends and fans at Brands Hatch
(photos by Clément Marin)   As the race weekend at Brands Hatch lo

12 May 2008
Busy schedule
When you look at my racing diary, there seem to be a lot of gaps, plenty of spar

7 May 2008
Watch the Birdie
It’s 1989, and the Bird family is settling down to watch the Grand Prix. F

5 May 2008
Flying Bird pays heavy price for qualifying
Another new track, another good practice session, but another qualifying setback

28 April 2008
"Well, just a week to go.."
Well, just a week to go till my next race in Mugello, looking forward to it. I h

12 April 2008
Sam's interview with Radio London

8 April 2008
Hockenheim is coming up
Hello and welcome back to my weblog. I am so looking forward to start racing aga

25 March 2008
Bird tops time tables at Estoril
Sam Bird has recorded the fastest time over the two day F3 Euroseries test at Es

20 March 2008
BRDC launches superstars initiative, supporting young British drivers
On Thursday 20 March the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) launched its

10 January 2008
Sam opens Silverstone BP service station
Best of all, he opened BP’s first service station to sell only its BP Ulti

7 January 2008
Bird to fly the flag in Europe
Sam Bird will be competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport in

21 November 2007
Sam top of the class in Macau
Sam capped off his maiden Macau weekend in style, finishing 6th in the Grand Pri

19 November 2007
Bird soars ten places in Macau qualifying race
(photos: Clement Marin) BP Ultimate driver Sam Bird flew through the pack from 1

5 November 2007
Bird enjoys first taste of Formula One
Sam Bird has conducted a series of aerodynamic tests on behalf of the AT&T W

18 October 2007
Sam presented with rookie prize
The British International Formula 3 series came to a glittering conclusion on Sa

1 October 2007
listen to Press conference from Rockingham

27 September 2007
What I've been doing since Croft
Although we haven’t had a race meeting for three weeks, I’ve been re

17 September 2007
Listen to the radio interview of Sam Bird on BBC radio

10 September 2007
Interview with Sam from Croft
Listen to the interview between Sam Bird and journalist Stella Ma

28 August 2007
Bird suffers a weekend to forget at Thruxton!
Sam Bird, (20, Claygate) endured a torrid time at Thruxton today, Sunday August

14 August 2007
Sam scores valuable points at Silverstone
Photos Jakob EbreySam secured two sixth place finishes today at Silverstone, in

30 July 2007
My first Spa experience
We set off for Spa last Wednesday, cramped in the back of the family car, took a

6 July 2007
Listen to Sam about Brands Hatch circuit
Brands Hatch is a great venue, especially the Grand Prix circuit. It makes it a

1 July 2007
Hi, I¡¯m Sam Bird
Welcome to my weblog. I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself. I’m

Sam Bird

Thursday 5 March 2008

BRDC launches superstars initiative, supporting young British drivers

On Thursday 20 March the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) launched its BRDC Superstars scheme, an exciting new initiative that will support and further the careers of young British racing drivers.

Damon Hill OBE, president of the BRDC, was joined by former British Touring Car champion Tim Harvey, who will be directing the BRDC Superstars initiative, and BRDC Director Derek Warwick to announce the list of 14 drivers who will benefit from the scheme in its inaugural year.

Having shown promise in their careers to date, with several already winning series championships, the following drivers were confirmed as BRDC Superstars for 2008:

- Jonathan Adam, Seat Cupra championship
- Sam Bird, Formula 3 Euro series
- Wayne Boyd, British Formula Ford championship
- Max Chilton, British Formula 3 international series
- Riki Christodoulou, British Formula Renault Championship
- Joey Foster, Le Mans series
- Stuart Hall, Le Mans series
- Ben Hanley, GP2 series
- Mat Jackson, British touring car championship
- Jon Lancaster, Formula 3 Euro series
- James Sutton, British GT championship
- Duncan Tappy, A1 Grand Prix
- Oliver Turvey, British Formula 3 international series
- Stefan Wilson, British Formula 3 international series

Nine of the 2008 Superstars were introduced to a sizeable audience at the BRDC Clubhouse, including members of the media, BRDC Members and a number of motorsport related dignitaries. Driving commitments prevented the remaining five Superstars from attending the launch.

BRDC Superstars is a commercially-driven initiative that supports drivers from a cross-section of motorsport disciplines and championships, ranging from single-seater racing in the GP2 series to British Touring Cars, Le Mans and GT series drivers. Essentially chosen from within the Club’s successful and continuing Rising Stars scheme, the BRDC Superstars will pave the way for a new breed of racing champions all benefiting from the vast experience the BRDC and its Members have to offer.

Speaking at the launch BRDC Superstars Director Tim Harvey said, “Developing the cream of young British talent is a cornerstone of the BRDC and I look forward to working with our fourteen Superstars during 2008. The future `Lewis Hamiltons’ are out there and it would be remiss of the BRDC if we did not do our utmost to find them”.

BRDC President Damon Hill said, “There is a strong desire among our Members for the BRDC to be actively involved in progressing the most promising fledgling professional drivers’ careers. The problem has always been that simply providing funds does not prepare a driver for the many extremely demanding and complex challenges that he will face throughout his career, and often renders that investment wasted.

“We felt that the first step has to be to provide sound and reliable experience and un-biased advice as to the way forward for each individual. Providing advice is the first base for what we hope will grow into a thoroughly complete service for the serious minded driver who has his sights set on the summit of his chosen discipline, be that F1, champ cars, Indy cars, touring cars, sports cars or whatever”.

BRDC Board Director Derek Warwick added, “The timing of this initiative couldn’t be better. BRDC President Damon Hill has brought a new dimension to the Club, while Lewis Hamilton has re-ignited the nation’s enthusiasm for motorsport. It’s a great time for these 14 young drivers to be associated with both the BRDC and the Superstars scheme, which will add further credibility to the drivers’ credentials and help to develop their professional careers. Out of these 14 drivers the aim is for at least one to go on to become a World or British Champion.”