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After the joy of his double podium at Nurburging earlier this month, Cumbrian racing driver Frank Bird was left feeling disappointed following a difficult weekend at round five of the ADAC GT Masters Series which was held at Lausitzring as part of the DEKRA-sponsored Family and Friends Festival weekend.

Driving for MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF, Penrith-born Frank, who celebrated his birthday at the weekend, was in confident mood as he once again teamed up with teenage Finnish driver Elias Seppanen for the two races in the Frank Bird Poultry Ltd-backed Mercedes AMG-GT3.

But sadly it turned out to be a weekend to forget for the Junior class pairing in the team’s green and yellow liveried ‘Junior Mamba’ car as both the inclement weather and some technical issues plagued them from the start.

Free Practice 1 saw then down in 13th in the Junior class which was followed by a top 11 placing in the FP Trophy. The team and two drivers kept working hard and moved forward to tenth in FP2 followed by qualifying in eighth for the opening race.

In difficult wet conditions, Frank and the team put in a determined performance which saw them clinch eighth in the Junior class but after another P8 start for race two, sadly it ended in retirement after 30 laps.

Frank Bird: “After our successful weekend at Nurburging, we were feeling confident arriving at Lausitzring, but unfortunately it was not our weekend and certainly not the birthday I’d wished for. We seemed to struggle straight from the first session and that carried on in all the conditions throughout the various sessions and races. It was a tough weekend to say the least but we battled on. Thanks to the team for their hard work, and our sponsors, we will aim to bounce back in Sachsenring next month.”

Round six of the series visits the Sachsenring, again in Germany over the weekend of 23/25 September 2022.

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

Pictures (ADAC)

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