UK 2.0: Sam Bird Donington Saturday report

SAM BIRD TAKES DOUBLE FRONT ROW AT DONINGTON After topping the time sheets in free practice on Wednesday, Fortec Motorsport's Sam Bird has again dominated qualifying on his first ever visit to the Donington Grand Prix circuit. In front of a...

SAM BIRD TAKES DOUBLE FRONT ROW AT DONINGTON

After topping the time sheets in free practice on Wednesday, Fortec Motorsport's Sam Bird has again dominated qualifying on his first ever visit to the Donington Grand Prix circuit. In front of a 30,000 strong crowd, Sam put in a stunning performance to take pole for the first race with a record beating time of 1.29.367, beating the current lap record by almost 2 seconds! Second on the grid is his team mate Seb Hohenthal, some .483 behind Sam.

In an unusual qualifying format, there was only one session today, to decide the grids for both of tomorrow's races. A driver's best time determined his place on the grid for the first race while his second best time put him in position for race two. Seb took pole for the second race, with Sam only .189sec behind.

Commenting on his third pole of the season, Sam said "we were quickest here in testing on Wednesday and I decided then that I wanted two front row grid slots, so I'm delighted to have achieved them. Thanks to Fortec for such a good job -- with two cars on the front row for both races, the team is having a good weekend so far. I want to go out and win for them as well as adding valuable points to hoist me up the championship table after my disastrous weekend here last month"

-credit: www.sambird.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Sam Bird