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Eddie Jordan's Biography

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Eddie Jordan was born on 30 March 1948. He dropped out of college and in 1967 became a bank clerk with the Bank of Ireland.

Three years later he moved to Jersey and got a taste for kart racing. He soon started a career as a driver which saw him win karting and Formula Ford races.

He won the Formula Atlantic Championship and drove in Formula 3 and Formula 2.

In 1980, Eddie Jordan retired from driving and established a team. Early highlights included giving Ayrton Senna and Damon Hill their first ever Formula 3 drives.

In 1987 the Jordan team went on to be Formula 3 champions with Johnny Herbert driving. Jordan then moved up to Formula 3000 and in 1989 season won the championship with Jean Alesi driving. In 1991 the team moved into Formula 1.

Jordan Grand Prix gave Michael Schumacher his F1 debut.

In 1998 the Jordan team signed Damon Hill and with Ralf Schumacher also driving, Jordan Grand Prix became the first team to win its maiden Formula 1 race with a 1-2.

In 1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen won two Grand Prix and the team finished third in the championship.

Eddie sold Jordan Grand Prix in January 2005.

He subsequently presented the BBC's coverage of Formula 1.

In February 2016, it was revealed that Eddie Jordan was to be part of the presenting line-up on Top Gear.

He has written an autobiography, An Independent Man.

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