Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Motorsport Driver

Motorsport drivers race competitively in cars or motorbikes around a set course.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

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What does a Motorsport Driver do?

Motorsport drivers race competitively in cars or motorbikes around a set course.

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Work activities

As a motorsport driver, you would:

  • work with your team to analyse maps of the race circuit, and plan your lines how to take each turn
  • work with your technical team to make sure your car is in peak condition and suited to the specific course and conditions
  • plan your tactics for the race and decide when to take pit stops (if necessary)
  • test your vehicle before a race
  • work with other team members during the race
  • review the race after the event and evaluate performance
  • take part in any sponsorship events or special appearances to promote your team, sponsors, and racing organisation
  • follow a strict diet and exercise regime
  • practise and train daily.
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Key skills and interests

To become a motorsport driver, you would need:

  • excellent driving skills
  • a high level of physical fitness
  • good stamina
  • an extremely good level of concentration
  • excellent reflexes
  • self-motivation
  • an understanding of racing strategy
  • to be able to make quick decisions.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Your working hours would be irregular and possibly long, depending on the type of vehicle you race. Press and sponsorship engagements as well as travelling locally and internationally would be part of your role as well as training and racing.

Conditions

Motorsport racing can be a dangerous. You would be putting your body on the line every time you drive or ride. Crashes and fires are common, and motorsport drivers are required to wear crash helmets and flame-retardant clothing.

You would spend a lot of time in a sitting position while racing and training. Your role would be physically demanding. You would race in all types of weather.

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How to become an Motorsport Driver?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a motorsport driver without formal qualifications. Many people start their motor racing career by getting involved in karting at a young age and then graduating to driving cars or riding motorbikes. Aspiring racing drivers tend to join racing clubs, and then develop their skills through hard work and practice on the track. You would then need to work your way up through the ranks of the lower classes of racing, within your chosen field. You would be trained by your team as you progress.

Becoming a professional driver is very competitive with many choosing to become a mechanic or engineer for their chosen sport instead.

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Job outlook

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Employment growth for motorsport drivers is expected to remain neutral.

This is a small and specialised occupation, and competition for professional motorsport roles will remain very strong.

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