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Bird-1-GrizedaleAfter losing out within sight of the finish when leading for the past two years, Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird finally overcame his recent jinx by winning this weekend’s Coppermines Grizedale Stages Rally in his native Lake District.

But the day wasn’t without incident as the British Superbike team boss from Langwathby near Penrith was suffering with a heavy cold after returning from last weekend’s victory at the Macau Grand Prix and an altercation with a wayward spectator’s vehicle en route to the final stage start in the forest complex also hampered his bid.

After  narrowly missing out on this year’s BTRDA Rally Series title, Bird and Welsh co driver Aled Davies were hoping to end the year in style in the Rubis Petroleum, Cockspur Rum, Fuchs Titan Race, Mac Tools-backed and Dom Buckley Motorsport-prepared Frank Bird Poultry Ford Focus WRC07.

Fastest on the opening stage, the 2005 ANCRO National Rally champion set fastest time on all remaining five stages to emerge victorious by over half a minute at the finish and in doing so, added to the 2009 victory on his local event.

The result also marked a successful year for Bird in the Cumbrian forests as this weekend’s victory added to the Malcolm Wilson Rally win which he took back in March.

Bird_GrizedalePaul Bird:  “I haven’t felt too good this week but took some cold remedies and despite feeling under the weather, we just got our heads down and did what we needed to. Apart from a spectator not looking where he was going which nearly put us off the road and resulted in me damaging my car taking evasive action, we had no problems at all. It makes a change as this rally hasn’t been too kind to me in the past but again I’ve not had much luck but managed to pull it off this time. We were fastest on every stage and we just controlled the pace but I was surprised there wasn’t more of a challenge given the top quality entry. Thanks to Aled, the team and the sponsors for doing a great job this season.”

Results are available at http://www.grizedalestages.co.uk and for further information on Paul Bird Motorsport, please visit http://www.pbmuk.net. Follow Paul Bird on Facebook (paul.bird.9809) and Twitter (@paulbirdpbm) for the latest news and information.

Picture credits Marcus Andrews/James Ward, Chicane Media)

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