Newest recruit to Team BPS is Simulator Engineer David Waters. He is our secret weapon on the ever-moving fight against updating circuits and cars.
How did you come to work at BPS?
It all started when I decided to have a go at making a model of Buckmore Park kart circuit for rFactor. I’d never done any 3D modelling before but I had a go anyway. When the track staff saw what I was up to they offered to pay me to complete it. At the time I had just started university and was studying Motorsport Technology, so my degree tied in nicely with what I was doing. Once I graduated, I was offered a full time position as simulator engineer. Just over a year later, and now I’m working at BPS in a similar capacity.
What does a typical day at BPS entail for you?
The job is extremely varied, which is a big part of why I like it. One day might be coaching a driver in the simulator, the next might be modelling a car or track for a client, and then the day after might be a simulator installation at somebody’s house. No two days are the same.
What do you think makes BPS different to other companies?
BPS is a very small company, which I really like – it means that the work I do has a big impact on the company, which keeps me motivated to do the best job I can all of the time. It’s also good to work with a team of people who all have similar interests. I grew up in a football-loving family, in a county with no race tracks, so I still love coming in on a Monday and being asked “did you see the MotoGP at the weekend?”
What is the best day you’ve had at BPS?
A couple of years ago I would have never thought I’d find myself saying this, as I always used to be quite shy, but I enjoy days where I get to work with drivers who can learn something from me and who subsequently improve their technique. Coaching drivers is really satisfying and has also resulted in me gaining a lot of confidence.
What do you do when you aren’t at work?
Racing, obviously! I try and get some karting in now and then, and my weekends pretty much revolve around what motorsport is on. Other than that, I have just moved into a house with my girlfriend who hasn’t got a practical bone in her body, so I end up doing all of the DIY and getting rid of spiders!
What is the one piece of advice you’d give to your 15 year old self?
Don’t worry about the people around you and what they think – you won’t even live within 100 miles of them in 5 years time.
Quick fire round!
Tea or coffee?
Neither, but thanks for offering!
Single-seater or GT?
Probably Thruxton or anywhere where there is only grass and/or gravel the other side of the white lines.
Lotus Esprit, but I’m partial to anything from the 90s with popup headlights.
Favourite workshop/office radio station?