Bird Ready To Rock Blackpool

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Defending champion Paul Bird returns to the Legend Fires North West Stages Rally this weekend determined to hang onto the number one plate he claimed in emphatic fashion last year.

A year ago, the Langwathby driver took the lead after the opening stage on Friday night and was never headed over the next 25 stages and he'll be looking for another perfect performance in the Fuchs Titan, Rapid Solicitors and Mac Tools-backed Ford Focus WRC07.

But the Cumbrian boss of his own MotoGP and British Superbike teams knows it won't be an easy task with the usual array including some of Britain's best drivers entered on the two-day Blackpool-based event but along with Welsh co-driver Aled Davies, he's confident of success.

The pair are planning a test on Friday in the Dom Buckley IRS-prepared car and following an intense training regime in recent weeks, the 2005 National Champion is as well prepared as he can be as he kicks off his 2014 season.

However, after finishing runner-up in the 2013 MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, Paul is turning his attention back to the gravel and aims to contest the 2014 BTRDA Rally Series which kicks off with the Wyedean Rally the week after followed by his annual outing on home turf in the Malcolm Wilson Rally.

But for now the focus is this weekend's tarmac action and to see off the considerable opposition to win the event for a second successive year over 75 stage miles at various locations in and around the Lancashire resort.

Paul Bird: "I dedicated my win last year to my daughter Lexi and I know she'd like me to do it again so that's the plan. I'm back in training again and looking forward to testing the car as I've hardly driven it over winter and you can't give any of these drivers the slightest advantage so you've got to be on it from the word go. Last year the car was perfect and I never put a foot wrong so I'll settle for that again which would be a massive confidence booster going into the Wyedean the week after."

Image courtesy of Marcus Andrews: Paul Bird in action on the 2012 Legend Fires North West Stages Rally

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


F4 British Championship TJS Self Drive Alan Healy Memorial Rally Nurburgring circuit Bennetts British Superbike Hungaroring Rallynuts Stages Rally Motorsport News with MSVR Circuit Rally Championship Grampian Forest Rally Oulton Park, Arden Motorsport Broc Parkes Cadwell Park BSB Showdown Carlisle and North Lakeland Hospice at Home Red Bull Ring in Austria Hockenheim Snetterton Knockhill Stages Rally Misano Sepang Michael Dunlop Andrew Irwin Trackrod Rally Thruxton Paul Bird Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally Stuart Easton Ford Focus WRC07 John McGuinness Autodromo Nazionale Monza Manx National Rally BSB Champion Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship Ian Hutchinson Macau GP MotoGP Christmas Stages Rally Ford Focus WRC08 Ciceley Motorsport GT Team Glenn Irwin Silverstone North West Stages Rally Vision Track Croft Circuit Ulster Grand Prix Wyedean Forest Rally LDV Donington Park Rally Malcolm Wilson Rally Yonny Hernandez Team Parker Racing VisionTrack Spa-Francorchamps Lee Holland Memorial Rally 2019 BTRDA Rally Series PBMUK Aragon Ducati Panigale R Shane Byrne ​Tech 1 Racing Team Tech 1 Racing Team Be Wiser Ducati V4R Phillip Island Be Wiser Ducati Team Isle of Man TT BSB Michael Laverty Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series Sol Rally Barbados 2014 VisionTrack Ducati Jimmy Storrar MSVR Down’s Syndrome Association Valencia Motegi Martin Jessopp Carlisle Stages Rally Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally Scott Redding Red Bull Ring Snetterton Stages Rally Somerset Stages Rally Rallying Donington Rally Assen James Ellison Woodpecker Rally Hospice at Home Creventic 2 Hour of Dubai Sachsenring Indianapolis Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit British Superbike Championship Le Mans Sol Rally Barbados Brno North West 200 Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages Danny Buchan Cambrian Rally Qatar Silkolene Nicky Grist Stages Rally Bentley Continental GT3 Knockhill Mugello Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Frank Bird Christian Iddon Damian Cudlin Alastair Seeley Ford MSA Formula Jerez Wyedean Brands Hatch Catalunya RST Superbike TT Oulton Park Donington Josh Brookes









CA10 1NB

Copyright © 2020 pbmuk Limited.