BIRD CROWNED BRITISH F3 ROOKIE CHAMPION 2007

Sam Bird (20, Claygate) today ended his rookie year in Formula 3 with a tenth podium place in the final race of the season at Rockingham, after coming second to clinch his title as Rookie Champion.

Having had 2 wins, 4 second places and 4 thirds, BP Ultimate driver Bird has also suffered a number of mechanical gremlins during the latter half of the season, forcing five non-finishes, so it was amazing that he finished the championship in 4th overall and as top rookie. During the early stages of the season, the MSA Race Elite driver was never out of the points, and scored more podiums than anyone other than the championship winner.

"while I am of course thrilled with the rookie title, I am extremely disappointed that the bad luck that has dogged me lately has dropped me from 2nd in the championship. Today I was on course to finish third overall, till my driveshaft snapped in race one. I started from 6th on the grid, and was up to 3rd when it went, causing yet another retirement, leaving me just three points adrift of third overall".

Sam started the second race in third place and was challenging the pole man at the first corner, but had to back off and settle into second place for the remainder of the race. "After a good start, my car was lacking the pace of my team mate and eventual race winner, but it was great to be back on the podium for the final race of the season" he said afterwards.

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me during the season, especially BP Ultimate for their sponsorship, my management team for their support and my mechanics and engineers who have worked so hard all year.

-credit: sambirdPR