Rally

Paul Bird storms to North-West Stages Rally victory

2 Mins read

MCE British Superbike team owner, Paul Bird has made it a hat-trick of victories in the annual Legend North West Stages Rally.

The Cumbrian in his Ford Focus WRC07, won by two minutes 16 seconds after winning all six of the final stages.

The 17th edition of the event had started badly for Bird and his Newcastle-based co-driver, Andrew Roughead, when they made the decision to go out on ice tyres in the cool, dry conditions.

The Subaru of Simon Bowen led the first couple of stages around Weeton Camp but this was short-lived as Bird took the lead on the Blackpool Promenade.

Going into Saturday Bird had a nine-second lead, which was soon increased to 35 seconds after a strong performance in the opening loop.

Bird struggled with the Docks stages of the event and after gaining a stage maximum, his lead was cut to just six seconds.

This set-back seemed to motivate Bird even more and he went on to post five fastest times in the next seven stages to increase his lead to over a minute.

Bird continued to dominate the remainder of the Rally and took victory ahead of Tony Bardy’s Nissan Sunny Gti-R.

Following the event, Bird said: “ That was hard work but to come away with a third win on the trot is fantastic and I’m pleased with how I drove. It was forecast below freezing on Friday night so we went with ice tyres on the opening stages, which proved to be a wrong choice as I should have been on inters.

“Saturday was fine, it was a bit of a stop and start day and I made it hard work for myself when I wrong slotted on SS10 and lost a big chunk of my lead, but I hold my hands up to that. From there, I knew we had the pace to win the event so it was a case of being fast but careful.

“I’m feeling confident after today so will do a test in mid-week before next weekend’s Wyedean Rally. It’s about time I won one of these championships as I’m fed up of being the bridesmaid!”

In total Bird picked up an impressive 17 stage wins and after three successive victories, he is now the man to beat in the Rally event.

Next up for the team owner is the opening round of the 2015 BTRDA Rally Series, which kicks-off with the Weir Engineering Wyedean Forest Rally next weekend.

590 posts

About author
Josh is a Sports Journalism graduate and has been a member of the TCF team since 2015. Between 2015 and 2018, Josh focused primarily on British Superbikes and Road Racing events such as the Isle of Man TT. At the beginning of the 2019 season he became the MotoGP Reporter.
Articles
Related posts
Rally

28 Drivers Using the C3 Rally2 for Title Chases this Season

2 Mins read
There will be a total of 28 drivers that will be using the Citroen C3 Rally2 this season and at the same time are getting factory support from Citroen Racing
Rally

Strong Entry List of Over 200 Cars Revealed for the 2021 Rallye Sanremo

2 Mins read
A big entry list of over 200 cars has been revealed for the 2021 Rallye Sanremo that takes place next weekend, and it´s filled up with a lot of well-known rally drivers!
Off RoadRally

Renault Clio Rally4 ready for the stages

1 Mins read
The new Rally4 specification Renault Clio is ready for competition after receiving its homologation from the FIA on Thursday (1st April) .

Leave a Reply