Irwin And Bird All Set For ActionMon, 08/05/2017
There’s a busy week ahead in the Paul Bird Motorsport camp with action taking place on both two wheels and four for the Penrith-based team.
Ulsterman Glenn Irwin makes his return to the Vauxhall International North West 200 where the 27 year old from Carrickfergus will be in action aboard the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R on which he has taken two podiums so far in the MCE British Superbike Championship.
Irwin last contested the 8.9-mile closed roads track which links the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine two years ago and came away with a podium finish in the Supersport class but this year sees him on board the fully-fledged Superbike in next Saturday’s two races.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Frank Bird will contest round two of the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at his home round of Silverstone next weekend having made a good start to the season at Monza a couple of weeks ago.
Lake District-born Frank, originally from Penrith, will be in action in the Be Wiser, Hager, WIX Filters and Frank Bird Poultry-backed Fortec car which he aims to improve on his pair of top twenty positions which he recorded in Italy.
Glenn Irwin: “It's cool to be going back to the North West 200 after a year off, I can't wait to ride my Be Wiser PBM Ducati in front of so many local fans on such an iconic track. There seems to be a lot of expectation from fans which is great but this is only my second year for me, and my first ever time there on a Superbike. It's important to be realistic and we remember that and to respect the event. That said, as a kid I dreamt of winning a NW200 Superbike race and on Saturday I will be giving it my best shot.”
Frank Bird: “I’m really looking forward to my home round next weekend at Silverstone. The first round at Monza went well and looking to carry that progress into Silverstone as it’s a track I know well and we have done some testing around there. It’s important to keep building momentum this season and the aim is to keep improving so hopefully all will go to plan in the two races and we can get a couple of good results.”