UK 2000: Sam Bird Silverstone test 2006-03-03

BIRD ON SONG AFTER FIRST OFFICIAL TESTS Sam Bird has completed the first two official test days of his Formula Renault UK campaign at Silverstone in good spirits, with his name firmly towards the top of the time sheets. Despite...

BIRD ON SONG AFTER FIRST OFFICIAL TESTS

Sam Bird has completed the first two official test days of his Formula Renault UK campaign at Silverstone in good spirits, with his name firmly towards the top of the time sheets.

Despite Wednesday's session at the Northampton track being curtailed by snow, the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver finalist ended up in third position, only 0.081 of a second behind the leader and third year returnee Cheng Con Fu. Similarly on Thursday, he was in third place, with only 0.039 separating him from Fortec team-mate Seb Hohenthal, who finished last year's championship in 4th place.

"Finishing 3rd in the first test was a good start for me" said Sam ."Obviously it's only testing and everyone is trying out different settings, trying to find the optimum pace, but it was very interesting in the final session of the day when we all had to go out on new tyres, as there was less than 0.4 second separating the top ten finishers!"

"Sam did a great job this week" said team boss Richard Dutton "he has only driven a FRenault a handful of times and he was on the pace immediately".

Sam is now looking forward to the next test days which take place on March 7/8 at Snetterton.

-www.sambird.com

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