It was a hectic week for the 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup Championship competitors with round six held at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes coming less than a week after the previous round in Austria.
Tech 1 Racing Team driver Frank Bird was looking to add to the points he scored at the Red Bull Ring and the weekend got off to a good start in free practice before seeing him post eighth place in his group in the first qualifying session and sixth in group in the second session going into the two races.
In Friday’s opening race, the 18-year-old Cumbrian-born driver originally from Penrith battled hard throughout the race to end up in 14th place in the Paul Bird Motorsport, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Loco Energy Drink and Frank Bird Poultry-backed car, before a storming drive in today’s second race saw him just miss out on the points by finishing in 11th position.
Frank Bird: “It’s not been a bad weekend overall, I had decent pace on free practice even though I didn’t really put a good lap together. Q1 didn’t really go to plan and I ended up in P8 in my group with my fastest lap deleted because of a track limits infringement which wasn’t ideal. Q2 was a lot better and I ended up in P6 in my group, just half a second off the pole time. In race one, I made a good start passing three people into turn one, but the rest of the race was quite hard because I didn’t really have the pace and had some issues with the car but finished 14th from 17th on the grid.
“I started race two from 11th and made a good start but the safety car came out straight away for a few laps. Once the race resumed, I moved up to P10 and was in the battle for P9 for much of the race but made a small mistake and dropped back a place. The whole race was really close and had some good battles, my pace was much stronger and so was the car and I ended up finishing in 11th. Thanks to the team for a great weekend and a great car, also thanks to my dad and our sponsors, we didn’t quite get the results we wanted but now we are looking to the next round at the Hungaroring in a month’s time.”
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Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) are 10 times British Champions and winners of over 180 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.
FRANK BIRD – PROFILE
Name: Frank Bird
Born: 20th August 1999 in Carlisle (Great Britain)
Height/Weight:1m 79, 62 kg
2015: Ginetta Junior
2016: British F4 Championship
2017: Formula Renault Eurocup, Formula Renault NEC
2018: 24 Hours of Dubaï – Winner in A2 class
TECH 1 RACING – TRACK RECORD
Eurocup Mégane Trophy (2006, 2007 & 2008)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2007, 2008, 2010 & 2012)
Formula Renault Eurocup (2010 & 2013)
Formula Renault Alps (2011 & 2012)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (Álvaro Parente – 2007)
Eurocup Mégane Trophy (Pedro Petiz – 2007)
Formula Renault Alps (Javier Tarancón – 2011)
Formula Renault Eurocup (Pierre Gasly – 2013)
Runner-up Teams’ Championships
Formula Renault Eurocup (2016)
Runner-up Drivers’ Championships
Eurocup Mégane Trophy (Matthieu Lahaye – 2006, Dimitri Enjalbert – 2007)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series (Julien Jousse – 2008, Daniel Ricciardo – 2010, Jules Bianchi – 2012)
Formula Renault Eurocup (Dorian Boccolacci – 2016)