Confirming his place as one of the rising young talents in British Motorsport, Jordan Collard has been selected to join the second year of McLaren’s Automotive Driver Development Programme (DDP). Introduced in 2018, the initiative is designed to support and nurture young, up-and-coming GT drivers. Helping to gain valuable experience both on and off the track, with a view to develop the next generation of McLaren Automotive Factory Drivers to compete in endurance racing.
Jordan Collard has already made a name for himself in his young career. Rising through the karting ranks since the age of 8. The graduation into car racing, saw him debut in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in 2016, where Jordan finished in the top ten in every race, ahead of tackling the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2017 in which his strong run of consistency continued.
This year, Jordan made a sensational debut into the MINI Challenge JCW Series. After taking a pole position and a podium at his first race. He celebrated his maiden win at Silverstone, further claiming 5 podiums, 3 pole positions, 7 fastest laps across the season, which saw Jordan crowned the Rookie Cup Champion.
Jordan has been inducted into the programme, following a meticulous selection process of formal interviews, monitoring of overall fitness, engineering discussions with data analysis, and various driving activities against the clock in a 570S GT4, simulating qualifying runs and extended race pace. All overseen by a team from McLaren Automotive, that included Factory Driver, Rob Bell.
As part of the programme , Jordan will benefit from guidance in PR, marketing and sponsorship as well as fitness, nutrition, data and telemetry, and contract management.
Speaking of the announcement, Jordan Collard said:
“Being a part of the McLaren Young Driver Program has completely changed my future in such a huge way. My end goal has always been to become a professional driver, now thanks to the unbelievable opportunity McLaren has given me, I am a step closer. The way the McLaren brand has been developing over the past few years it will be an honour to race for them.”