All good things come to an end, they say, and following five successive victories, Penrith-bornracing driver Frank Bird saw his winning streak concluded when he retired from today’s Lee Holland Memorial Rally at Anglesey.
The event formed the penultimate round of the 2019/2020 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship with MSVR whereby the 20-year-old Cumbrian, along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton, were still in with an outside chance of the title going into the event.
In the Dom Buckley Motorsport-prepared Ford Focus WRC07, with backing from VisionTrack, Yuasa, Frank Bird Poultry, Hager, Mac Tools, Fuchs Silkolene and PBM, Frank was in control from the start and set fastest times on the opening two stages to lead by 30 seconds.
Looking to continue his amazing run of results stemming right the way back to December, all was going well on SS3 when disaster struck following a hard landing on a jump which broke the transmission. Despite the best efforts of the team, the damage was unrepairable meaning the challenge for both the outright rally win and the championship too, was over.
Frank Bird: “Unfortunately the winning run comes to an end, but it had to at some point althoughit’s still very disappointing. Up to that point the day was going well, we were leading by 30 seconds after two stages and felt like we were in control. But it all went wrong on Stage 3 where we had a hard landing after a jump, and I felt something break. The boys did their best to fix it and get us back out again, but it wasn’t to be so it’s a sad end to the day. Thanks to the Dom Buckley Motorsport team as well as Jack on the notes and of course my dad and our sponsors for making it possible. The plan is to bounce back on the next event.”
Picture courtesy of Steve McKenna, SMJ Photography