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The special relationship between Team WRT and the track of Misano was yet again confirmed in the third round of the Fanatec GT World Cup Europe Sprint Cup when Cumbrian driver Frank Bird was part of the victorious winning team.

The 21-year-old from Penrith partnered Japanese driver Ryuichiro Tomita to the win in the second of this weekend’s Silver Cup races in the Audi R8 LMS to record their first victory of the season after a string of podiums.

Qualifying in 11th place, Bird took the first stint in Saturday’s opening race and soon climbed up to eighth overall. However, a mechanical issue when Tomita took over saw them relinquish their second position in the Silver Cup class, but they made amends on Sunday with a superb performance.

From tenth on the grid, Tomita had the car up to seventh before handing to Bird who followed up his sensational drive in Zandvoort two weeks ago to battle through the field and clinch fourth overall at the chequered flag. In doing so, the British driver took a fantastic win in the Silver Cup class to make it a memorable weekend for the Frank Bird Poultry-sponsored driver.

Frank Bird: “Overall, it’s been a fantastic day for the team, with a 1-3 overall and our first win in the Silver Cup. The pit stop was perfect, and I could undercut a few positions. I made a little mistake in the second lap of my stint, but overall, I’m very happy with my performance after the disappointment of race one. Thanks to my team, our sponsors and of course my dad for making it happen, it is very good and very encouraging ahead of Spa.”

GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup – Round 3
Misano Adriatico, Italy – 2nd-4th July 2021
Race 1 Result
1. Vanthoor-Weerts (Audi R8 LMS)
2. Stolz-Engel (Mercedes AMG)
3. Roussel-Haase (Audi R8 LMS)
4. Panis-Vervisch (Audi R8 LMS)
5. Boguslavskiy-Marciello (Audi R8 LMS)
23. Goethe-van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)
26. Bird-Tomita (Audi R8 LMS)

Race 2 Result
1. Vanthoor-Weerts (Audi R8 LMS)
2. Boguslavskiy-Marciello (Mercedes AMG)
3. Goethe-van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS)
4. Bird-Tomita (Audi R8 LMS) – 1^st Silver Cup
5. Lappalainen-Aitken (Lamborghini Huracán)

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