Bird Maintains Second in British Rally Championship Penrith rally driver Paul Bird continued his recent run of results with another fine performance, this time on the International Rally of Wales in round two of the Pirelli Kwik Fit British...
Bird Maintains Second in British Rally Championship
Penrith rally driver Paul Bird continued his recent run of results with another fine performance, this time on the International Rally of Wales in round two of the Pirelli Kwik Fit British Rally Championship.
After two days of intense competition in the sweltering heat and dust of the forests around Dolgellau, Bird and co driver Andrew Bargery from Hove, brought their RMS-prepared SEEMEE.co.uk VK Ford Focus WRC home in fourth place to maintain second place in the championship standings.
As well as the dust which reduced visibility to virtually zero in places, the MonsterMob Ducati superbike team boss had to overcome a pair of punctures after clipping a bridge parapet early on in day two following on from a major scare on the opening stage in Dyfi on Saturday.
There, Bird was hurtling through the stage back towards a split junction when a later car overshot the initial corner causing Bird to take evasive action. A loss of around 20 seconds followed but despite the fright, the pair held onto fourth place overnight after five stages, just over a minute down on championship leader, David Higgins.
Bird pushed on through the three remaining stages on Sunday morning to end up around two and a half minutes behind rally winner, defending champions Jonny Milner and Nicky Beech (Subaru), with Irishmen Austin McHale/Brian Murphy (Ford Focus WRC) pipping Higgins and co driver Craig Thorley for second.
As a result, Bird now lays just three points adrift of Higgins going into the RSAC Scottish Rally on June 11th and 12th whilst Manxman Bargery leads the co-drivers championship.
"The dust was a major problem for anyone running behind the leading car and we had to stop on a number of occasions just to see where we were going. Still, it is another good result and we've scored another bagful of points which was the idea. The car was great and I'm looking forward to the next round in Scotland although I've never been there before" said Bird who recently moved up to an incredible eighth place in the Sony British Rally Driver Rankings.
<pre> Results: 1 J Milner/N Beech Subaru WRC 1h 45m 18.5s 2 A.McHale/B Murphy Ford Focus WRC 1h 46m 22.7s 3 D Higgins/C Thorley Hyundai Accent WRC 1h 46m 45.0s 4 P Bird/A Bargery Ford Focus WRC 1h 47m 45.2s 5 M Wilson/S Martin Ford Focus WRC 1h 48m 37.6s 6 S Perez/D Barritt Ford Focus WRC 1h 49m 37.2s
Drivers Championship (after two rounds) 1 D Higgins 36pts 2 P Bird 33 3 S Perez 29 4 M Wilson 28 5 B Johnson 27 6 J Milner 20