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Britain’s Frank Bird was in scintillating form once again as he took part in the 74th running of the famous TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa but despite leading the race at one point, the Cumbrian along with teammates Jannes Fittje from Germany, Jordan Love from Australia, and Swiss driver Alain Valente, had to retire after 16 hours of competition.

Penrith-born Frank was contesting the event for the Haupt Racing Team at the legendary Belgian circuit of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the Silver Cup category as part of a three-car entry for the German team behind the wheel of the #4 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes-AMG GT3.

With another fine performance in the dark, and as the various teams’ strategies unfolded, Frank and the team briefly held the lead of the race outright before settling just outside the top ten as dawn broke in The Ardennes. Sadly, when they were in 12th place overall and comfortably leading the Silver Cup class, they were forced into retirement.

Frank Bird: “Unfortunately we had to retire the car with just eight hours to go so I’m pretty gutted, especially after we were leading the whole race at one point through the night with some great strategy from the team. We were also leading the Silver Cup class by over a lap at the time of retirement so it’s a tough one to take. But I think we showed what we could do and were having an unbelievable race. Thanks as ever to the HRT team for the opportunity and also to the engineers and mechanics and all our team sponsors.”

Further details can be found at http://www.hauptracingteam.de (http://www.hauptracingteam.de/) or the 2022 Paul Bird Motorsport website – check out http://www.pbmuk.net (http://www.pbmuk.net/) .

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