Frank Battles To Paul Ricard Finishes


Frank Battles To Paul Ricard Finishes

After a month’s break, the famous Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France was the venue for round eight of the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup whereby Cumbrian-born Frank Bird was back in action in the 4 Hours of Le Castellet.

The Fortec Motorsport Team driver originally from Penrith qualified in 12th place ahead of some leading drivers and was confident of a good result in the Be Wiser, Hager, WIX Filters. Loco Energy Drink and Frank Bird Poultry-backed car.

In the opening race, Frank, who celebrated his and twin sister Jordan’s 18th birthday last weekend, battled to 22nd at the flag despite a spin but still came home ahead of series front-runners Robert Shwartzman, Sacha Finestraz and Fortec team-mate Alex Peroni. In the second outing today, Frank was victim of some harsh driving by his fellow competitors but battled hard to record a 26th place finish at the flag.

Frank Bird:  “In Q1, I struggled a little but was not too bad although Q2 was much better and I closed the gap to the front which was the target. In race one, I made a good start and settled into a good rhythm whilst having a great battle in the group I was dicing with. Then, unfortunately, I made a mistake and spun which lost all positions and didn’t have time to get them back. Race two saw me get a good start passing two competitors off the line, then got a bit roughed up and got pushed off track dropping to last. I had good speed after that and managed to get some positions back so at least I got another finish. The next outing for me is a test at Spa coming up then the race there next month which I’m looking forward to.” 

The next round takes place at the world-famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium over the weekend of September 22/24 before the season finale in Barcelona at the end of October.

Results (Race 1)
1 M Defourny (BEL)
2 Y Ye (CHN)
3 W Palmer (GBR)
22 F Bird (GBR)

Results (Race 2)
1 R Shwartzman (NED)
2 S Finestraz (FRA)
2 M Defourny (BEL)
26 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.


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