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The forthcoming May Bank Holiday weekend is going to be a very busy one for Cumbrian driver Frank Bird who will be in action in both France and the UK in two different disciplines for the 21 year old from Penrith.

Starting on Friday with the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km, Bird will be part of an ultra-competitive 47-car field who will contest round three of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS in the Team WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 which he will share with teammates Ryuichiro Tomita and Valdemar Eriksen.

Frank has already scored a second and fourth place finish this season in the Silver Cup for younger drivers so is hopeful of another good result in the six-hour race which starts in daylight and runs into darkness on Saturday evening before finishing in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Bird will then dash back to the UK on Sunday afternoon in a bid to add the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship title to his list of goals for 2021, as he tackles the opening round of Britain’s premier rallying series in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2.

The Neil Howard Memorial Stages Rally at Oulton Park in Cheshire sees a capacity entry for Bank Holiday Monday’s action which also comprises a round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship with MSVR, which Frank leads along with regular Lake District-based co-driver Jack Morton.

In only his second season in the sport, Bird has racked up no less than ten outright rally victories on both asphalt and gravel and the event will be only his second in the latest Rally2 machinery. Last time out at Snetterton in the MSNCRC, he finished a close second to BRC front-runner Rhys Yates, but this is his first opportunity to pit himself against the British Championship field.

Frank Bird: “It’s going to be a busy weekend for sure but hopefully we can get some good results at both events. I’m really looking forward to the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000km race over six hours along with my teammates. The plan is to challenge for the Silver Cup win and to continue our good run so far. Then it will be good to take another step forward at Oulton Park into the BRC for the first time, but the level of competition is immense. I`ll still be learning, but I’m excited to see how we get on.”

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