BIRD TO FLY THE FLAG IN EUROPE

Sam Bird will be competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport in 2008. The 20 year old CJ Motorsport managed driver will enjoy continued support from BP Ultimate in his quest for European success.

"I am absolutely thrilled" said Sam after signing the contract with Manor owner and Team Principal, John Booth. "When I sat down with my management team to look at my options for 2008, there was a case for remaining in the UK Series where I did well in my rookie year and I know the tracks, the tyres and the overall set-up. However, given my longer-term ambition in this sport, we felt that I needed to remain on the steep learning curve I have thrived on for the last few years and the Euro Series certainly presents that challenge."

"I have known John Booth for several years" added the MSA Elite Driver. "He has always been extremely supportive towards me, even when I was competing against his team in Formula Renault and I always hoped that I would drive for him one day."

"I am also over the moon that BP Ultimate are fully supportive of my European challenge. I have worn their colours with pride in the British Championship this year and I am determined to achieve success for them in the Euro Series in 2008. Between BP Ultimate, Manor Motorsport and myself, it looks like we have a bit of a British thing going! We will together be aiming to fly the Union Jack high in Europe."

John Booth of Manor Motorsport said: "I am obviously delighted to have Sam joining Manor Motorsport, after three years of trying to get him on board. It would have been an easy option for Sam to stay in the British Series for 2008, but he has shown a great deal of courage and confidence to take on the challenge of the Euro Series Championship. I am sure that he will be a strong contender having been the strongest F3 Rookie in 2007".

Mark Reader, BP's UK Fuels Marketing Manager, added: "We are delighted to offer Sam our continued support as he takes on the Formula 3 Euro Series. He has been a valuable ambassador for BP Ultimate throughout 2007 and we are excited to be working with Sam again as he takes on this new challenge in 2008."

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