Double Sol Rally Barbados winner Paul Bird will compete in the final round of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Winter Rally at the end of this month.
The Cumbrian driver from Langwathby will be joined by fellow Brit Rob Swann as well as regional regulars, including Jamaica’s Jeff Panton, who currently leads the BRC Champion Driver title chase, in what promises to be an explosive climax to the domestic season.
The final round of the 2017 BRC Driver’s and Class Championships will open with two special stages at Vaucluse Raceway (VRW) on the evening of Friday November 24th followed by two loops of six stages each in the north of the island on Saturday; the first loop will run in daylight, the second after nightfall.
For 2005 UK National Rally Champion Bird, it will literally be a flying visit to Barbados in his Dom Buckley Motorsport/IRS-prepared Ford Focus WRC07, with backing from Frank Bird Poultry/Be Wiser Insurance/Hager/Wix Filters/Silkolene/Loco Energy, as he will be competing in the PokerStars Rally in the Isle of Man on November 10-11th, then the Grizedale Stages in his native Lake District on December 2nd.
Bird’s co-driver will be Scotland’s Stuart Loudon, who finished fourth in Sol RB14 with Paul Bourne. In more than a decade of competition, he has gathered a broad range of experience across the world, competing in both the European and World Rally Championships.
Birdy returned from his two-year absence from competition with a bang in August, finishing third against the Scottish Rally Championship regulars in his comeback event, the Grampian Forest Rally where Stuart was also his co-driver on that occasion before winning the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages in September with Welshman Jamie Edwards on the notes.
Paul Bird: “I have really missed competing in Barbados, there’s nothing like it anywhere else, I really like the camaraderie and the fans are just amazing. It has been over two years and that’s too long. Stuart’s got loads of experience and is very organized, and I wanted someone who had done Barbados before and knew the event, so he is ideal for the job. I’m looking forward to it.”
Picture attached courtesy of Eddie Kelly Motorsport
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.