For the second weekend in succession, Tech 1 Racing Team driver Frank Bird endured a weekend of disappointment at round four of the 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup Championship which supported the Formula One Grand Prix at Monaco.
In almost a replica of his fortunes at his home round of Silverstone the week before, the Cumbrian-born teenager left the Principality without any points after what promised to be a good weekend for the Toulouse-based team in the Paul Bird Motorsport, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Loco Energy Drink and Frank Bird Poultry-backed car.
A promising qualifying session ended when the 18 year old crashed at the opening corner Sainte Devote which meant he was playing catch up from the back of the grid in both races. In race one, he clawed his way up to 22nd at the chequered flag before going two places better in race two but now has a break until the end of July before he’s back in action.
Frank Bird: “It’s been another frustrating weekend as I was really looking forward to Monaco, but it didn’t quite go as I wanted it to. In qualifying our pace was looking quite good and I was fifth in my group on the first set of tyres then I made a small mistake, spun and hit the barrier at Turn 1 which broke the rear end of the car. That left me in a bad position for the races but in the opening race, I made a good start, but it is so hard to pass around street circuits. However, I managed to make a few places up and finished 22nd. Race two was more of the same although I improved to 20th, which was very frustrating. Another weekend to forget but I would just like to thank the team, dad and sponsors and hope it goes better at the next round.”
Meanwhile, over in the Caribbean, it was better news for PBM teamster Paul Bird who’d accompanied his son to Monaco before jetting over to contest the opening event of SOL Rally Barbados which saw him claim runner-up spot in the Flow King of the Hill Rallysprint competition.
The Langwathby driver, along with Geordie co-driver Jack Morton, had planned to only contest next weekend’s 2018 SOL Rally Barbados which he has won twice but decided on a last-minute entry whereby he took the Dom Buckley/IRS-prepared Frank Bird Poultry, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Fuchs Titan Race and Loco Energy Drink-backed Ford Focus WRC08 to second place behind Jamaicans Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennell Jnr in the 90-car field.
Copyright-free pictures of Frank Bird courtesy of Dutch Photo Agency