"Bittersweet'' weekend for Bird

Date: Thursday 12th September 2019

ARDEN Motorsport driver Frank Bird was in the points for a second successive weekend in round eight of the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup Championship at the Hungaroring, where he recorded his best result of the season.

The 20-year-old, who is originally from Penrith, was hopeful of a good result after a promising performance in Germany the previous weekend when he was in the PBM, Hager, Fuchs Silkolene and Frank Bird Poultry-backed car.

A great performance in the collective tests saw him as high as fourth at the Hungarian track, and he followed that with a pair of top 10 starts following the two qualifying sessions.

Bird was with the leading pack in the opening race when the weather deteriorated and the organisers red-flagged the race, declaring a result with the Cumbrian sixth.

His confidence was high going into race two, but his hopes lasted only until the opening corner when he was involved in an incident with a spinning car which ruled him out of the race, as — not for the first time this season — he paid the price for another competitor's mistake.

Bird said: “This was my best weekend for pace so far. We were inside the top seven in every session, and with the times being so close it was very competitive. Both qualifying sessions were held in tricky conditions, starting off wet then drying out. I qualified in P7 in the first qualifier and P9 for the second, which I was reasonably happy with.

"Race one was red flagged halfway through because of the torrential rain when I was in sixth. Race two saw me make a good start off the line, but, going into the opening turn, a spinning car came my way and I ended up hitting it and that was my race over. It was a shame because I felt I had good pace but overall.

"It’s been a bittersweet weekend, with me showing good pace but things not going quite to plan. Thanks to all the team — the car was mega all weekend — and my dad and sponsors. Onto the next one."

The next round is in Barcelona from 27th-29th September.