Penrith rally driver Paul Bird continued his great start to the 2018 season by claiming a podiumfinish in the second round of the Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series following the Rallynuts Stages Rally based at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells today.
Along with Hexham co-driver Jack Morton in the Dom Buckley Motorsport/IRS-prepared Ford Focus WRC08, with backing from Frank Bird Poultry, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Fuchs Titan Race and Loco Energy Drink, Bird, from Langwathby village, took a third place finish to add to his maximum points haul in the opening round to lead the series.
Using the forests of central Wales, the British Superbike team boss was fourth fastest on the opening stage before a series of top three times edged him into third overall after four stages. The former National champion dropped some time in SS5 but clawed his way back into contention and by the finish, claimed the final podium spot after 45 miles on the fast Welsh stages.
Paul Bird: “It was a case of doing a good job today and that’s what we did. We came for a top three and that’s exactly what we got. I made a couple of mistakes which cost us a few seconds, but I’m pleased with how it’s all gone. I’m not ecstatic but that’s solid points in the opening two rounds and to be leading the championship at this stage is great. Jack did a brilliant job on the notes and we are gelling a lot more and as ever; the car was fantastic.”
1. Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod – Ford Fiesta – 0:42:31
2. Luke Francis/John H Roberts – Ford Fiesta WRC – 0:43:11
3. Paul Bird/Jack Morton – Ford Focus 08 WRC – 0:43:41
4. Hugh Hunter/Rob Fagg – Ford Fiesta WRC – 0:43:48
5. Stephen Petch/Michael Wilkinson – Ford Fiesta WRC – 0:43:49
6. Julian Reynolds/Patrick Walsh – Ford Fiesta R5 – 0:43:53
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