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Cumbrian racing driver Frank Bird returned to race action at the weekend where he contested round Frank Birdtwo of the ADAC GT Masters series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria but after a promising start to the event, he left disappointed.

Driving for MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF, Penrith-born Frank once again teamed up with 18-year-old Finnish driver Elias Seppanen for the two races in the Frank Bird Poultry Ltd-backed Mercedes AMG-GT3.

Having raced at the circuit near Spielberg previously, Frank, who was a two-times winner in the GT World Challenge Europe last year, was confident of improving on his results at the previous round at Oschersleben in Germany last month.

Indeed, Free Practice saw Frank and his Finnish teammate up to sixth overall and fourth in the Junior category but Qualifying proved a bit tougher and they started the opening race from 16th on the grid.

However, not for the first time this season, luck didn’t go Frank’s way and contact with another car saw him gain a puncture which relegated him down to 20th overall and 12th Junior at the chequered flag.

Starting race two from P18, it was always going to be tough and indeed so it proved as whilst mired in the midfield pack, Frank couldn’t manage to get a clear run at overtaking so had to settle for 18th position but improved to ninth Junior as a result.

Frank Bird: “Not the results we had hoped for this weekend which is a shame because it’s a track I like Frank Birdand first one I have experience on this season. We made a good step forward in qualifying by closing the gap to the front drivers which was a positive. After contact twice and a puncture, race one ended up scrappy and disappointing. Race two was difficult due to being stuck in the pack and it was tricky to follow the cars with the dirty air. The weekend didn’t really reflect our pace but thanks to the team for their hard work and of course to my dad and our sponsors for their support too.”

Round three of the series visits the Zandvoort Circuit in The Netherlands over the weekend of 24/26 June.

For further information, please visit http://www.adac-motorsport.de and the new Paul Bird Motorsport website http://www.pbmuk.net.

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