Round seven of the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup took place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria this weekend where Cumbrian-born Frank Bird found himself devoid of luck although he did record two finishes.
The 17-year-old Fortec Motorsport Team driver, originally from Penrith, qualified in 13th place to leave him down the grid but was confident of a good result in the Be Wiser, Hager, WIX Filters, Loco Energy Drink and Frank Bird Poultry-backed car.
However, it proved not to be the case as in both races, Frank had to avoid a first lap collision leaving him to climb the field and on both occasions, undid his hard work with a mistake in each outing to relegate him down the order.
The end result was a 25th place finish in the opening race which he followed up with 23rd in race two but despite the results, Frank was encouraged by his lap times as he aims for better luck at the next round at Paul Ricard in France next month.
Frank Bird: “The weekend started well in practice and things were looking good but I just didn’t manage to transfer that into qualifying which made it difficult. Race one was going well after I managed to avoid the first lap collision and made up a few positions. I was catching the group in front for 12th but then made a mistake and went off track and undid all my hard work. In race two I had to avoid cars at turn one and lost some positions as a result meaning I had to again battle through the field. I made a few places back up before another mistake saw me drop down the order again. Some days your luck is out and today was one of those days but I’m looking forward to bouncing back in Paul Ricard in a few weeks.”
The next round takes place at Paul Ricard in France over the weekend of August 26/27.
Results (Race 1)
1 M Fewtrell (GBR)
2 S Finestraz (FRA)
3 M Defourny (BEL)
25 F Bird (GBR)
Results (Race 2)
1 S Finestraz (FRA)
2 W Palmer (GBR)
3 G Aubry (FRA)
23 F Bird (GBR)
2017 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Calendar
23 Apr Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14 May Silverstone
21 May Pau
28 May Monaco
2 Jul Hungaroring
16 Jul Nurburgring
23 Jul Red Bull Ring
27 Aug Paul Ricard
24 Sep Spa-Francorchamps
29 Oct Circuit de Catalunya
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Pictures attached courtesy of Dutch Photo Agency.
Notes to Editors:
Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) are winners of over 175 races in British Superbike Championship, MotoGP CRT, World Superbike Championship, 125cc, 250cc, Supersport British Championships, Superstock National Championships, Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Daytona, Macau GP, and British domestic races. Points scorers in 125cc, 250cc and 500cc GPs. Points scorers in World Supersport, podium finishers in WSB, Superpole winners in World Superbike. They are based at Langwathby near Penrith in Cumbria.