After a month’s break, it was back to action for Tech 1 Racing Team driver Frank Bird who was contesting round seven of the 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup Championship at the Hungaroring near Budapest this weekend but despite his best efforts, he couldn’t manage to add to the points scored earlier in the season.
In Friday’s practice, the 18-year-old Cumbrian-born driver originally from Penrith acquitted himself well to end up inside the top eight of both sessions before claiming 12th in the first qualifying session.
From there in race one, he was soon amongst the leading bunch but maintained his placing at the chequered flag just two places outside the points-scoring top ten. For second qualifying, the weather turned wet and a difficult session saw Frank down in 20th place on the grid.
Despite his handicap and the very wet conditions, in race two, which was televised live on BT Sport in the UK, Frank made a good start and battled his way up towards the points but just as he was about to make inroads, he had to take evasive action to avoid a spinning car in the monsoon conditions but bounced back to claim 13th at the chequered flag in the Paul Bird Motorsport, Be Wiser Insurance, Hager, Loco Energy Drink and Frank Bird Poultry-backed car.
Frank Bird: “It was a frustrating weekend overall really. Our pace was really strong on Friday with being inside the top eight in both practice sessions and Q1 went OK but not as we wanted, ending up P12 overall. In race one, I made a good start and gained a place but was involved in a big battle the whole race. It was very difficult to overtake at this circuit, but I finished in P12. Q2 was wet and didn’t go very well, my run was a bit scrappy and I didn’t put it all together, so finished P20. Race two was wet, and I knew it would be difficult with all the spray, but the car was great, and I made a good start getting up to P17 on the first lap then just chipped away. I had some good and close battles but had to take evasive action to avoid a spinning car and ended up finishing in P13. All in all, a bit of an annoying weekend, I knew I had the pace but just didn’t put it all together. Onto the next one in Nürburgring in two weeks’ time, thanks to the team, our sponsors and my dad Paul.”