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Sun, 05/14/2017 - 09:52 -- sdukbewiser

Silverstone Progress For Bird

Sun, 14/05/2017
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Silverstone Progress For Bird

The second round of the 2017 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup took place this weekend at Silverstone with Lake District-born Frank Bird continuing his progress in the series although he was disappointed with his results at his home track.

The 17-year-old Be Wiser, Hager, WIX Filters and Frank Bird Poultry-backed driver originally from Penrith was in confident mood after a pair of top twenty finishes on his debut at Monza last month and was hoping to improve at the Northamptonshire track whereby he has lots of experience.
 
Testing on Friday proved promising and saw Frank improve his times during the day, but Saturday’s mixed weather conditions didn’t help and he and his Fortec team were left frustrated when rain intervened in the qualifying session to leave him on row 12 of the grid for the opening race.
 
From there, Frank didn’t make the best of starts and dropped down the order but he drove well to get back to 17th at the chequered flag. Race two didn’t go to plan for Bird as after a lengthy safety car intervention for a crash on the startline, he only had a few laps to climb the order but could only manage 22nd position by the finish.

Frank Bird:   “Overall the weekend was positive, had good pace in both wet and dry conditions. Qualifying 1 was difficult because it started raining mid-way through the session. Qualifying 2 was wet for my session and for the second one for the others it was dry, so I was a bit unlucky. In race one, I got a bad start and dropped a few positions, but managed to get them back and finish 17th. Race 2 was frustrating because of the safety car and only had six racing laps meaning I struggled a little bit and finished in P22. I’m looking forward to Pau next weekend which will be my first street circuit race.”

Bird endures a busy few weeks what with Pau next weekend followed by a pair of races supporting the Formula One Grand Prix at Monaco later this month.
 
Results:
 
Race 1
1 W Palmer
2 H Chaves
3 R Schwartzman
4 M Fewtrell
5 S Fenestraz
6 A Peroni
17 F Bird
 
Race 2
1 R Schwartzman
2 W Palmer
3 D Ticktum
4 M Fewtrell
5 R Guzman
6 R Verschoor
22 F Bird
 
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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