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20 October 2008
Training in Italy
Hi guys, Just got back from Italy where I was training with Formula Medicine.

23 September 2008
A nice big trophy
Hi guys, just got back from Barcelona and for the first time in a while, I was s

3 September 2008
Friends and fans at Brands Hatch
(photos by Clément Marin)   As the race weekend at Brands Hatch lo

12 May 2008
Busy schedule
When you look at my racing diary, there seem to be a lot of gaps, plenty of spar

7 May 2008
Watch the Birdie
It’s 1989, and the Bird family is settling down to watch the Grand Prix. F

5 May 2008
Flying Bird pays heavy price for qualifying
Another new track, another good practice session, but another qualifying setback

28 April 2008
"Well, just a week to go.."
Well, just a week to go till my next race in Mugello, looking forward to it. I h

12 April 2008
Sam's interview with Radio London

8 April 2008
Hockenheim is coming up
Hello and welcome back to my weblog. I am so looking forward to start racing aga

25 March 2008
Bird tops time tables at Estoril
Sam Bird has recorded the fastest time over the two day F3 Euroseries test at Es

20 March 2008
BRDC launches superstars initiative, supporting young British drivers
On Thursday 20 March the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) launched its

10 January 2008
Sam opens Silverstone BP service station
Best of all, he opened BP’s first service station to sell only its BP Ulti

7 January 2008
Bird to fly the flag in Europe
Sam Bird will be competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport in

21 November 2007
Sam top of the class in Macau
Sam capped off his maiden Macau weekend in style, finishing 6th in the Grand Pri

19 November 2007
Bird soars ten places in Macau qualifying race
(photos: Clement Marin) BP Ultimate driver Sam Bird flew through the pack from 1

5 November 2007
Bird enjoys first taste of Formula One
Sam Bird has conducted a series of aerodynamic tests on behalf of the AT&T W

18 October 2007
Sam presented with rookie prize
The British International Formula 3 series came to a glittering conclusion on Sa

1 October 2007
listen to Press conference from Rockingham

27 September 2007
What I've been doing since Croft
Although we haven’t had a race meeting for three weeks, I’ve been re

17 September 2007
Listen to the radio interview of Sam Bird on BBC radio

10 September 2007
Interview with Sam from Croft
Listen to the interview between Sam Bird and journalist Stella Ma

28 August 2007
Bird suffers a weekend to forget at Thruxton!
Sam Bird, (20, Claygate) endured a torrid time at Thruxton today, Sunday August

14 August 2007
Sam scores valuable points at Silverstone
Photos Jakob EbreySam secured two sixth place finishes today at Silverstone, in

30 July 2007
My first Spa experience
We set off for Spa last Wednesday, cramped in the back of the family car, took a

6 July 2007
Listen to Sam about Brands Hatch circuit
Brands Hatch is a great venue, especially the Grand Prix circuit. It makes it a

1 July 2007
Hi, I¡¯m Sam Bird
Welcome to my weblog. I thought I’d tell you a bit about myself. I’m

Sam Bird

Monday 2 July 2007

My first Spa experience

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We set off for Spa last Wednesday, cramped in the back of the family car, took about 4 ½ hours by Eurotunnel and road.

Many great drivers consider spa to be their favourite circuit, and now I can see why, after walking the track with my engineer. It’s 7 ½ kilometres long its fast, flowing and undulating and I knew it would be very challenging once I actually got to drive it.

In the evening, when you’re racing, there’s not much social life. We had supper at an Italian restaurant with my family and team mate Maro Engel then back to the hotel for an early night.

We had free practice early on Thursday morning, which went reasonably well, I was fourth in first practice and 10th in the second session. We made some set up changes in order to make the car slightly better for qualifying later that day, and the changes we made worked very well because I managed to qualify 3rd for the first race. Friday saw us take part in the second qualifying session and again I qualified third. I thought I had a beter chance of pole this time but on my best lap I found traffic at the last corner and had to throw it away. I was relatively pleased with my qualifying performances, you can get two good finishing positions from third especially at this track as there are many overtaking opportunities.

Race one: I won!! Really pleased, that’s my second of the year now and it’s put me back up to second in the championship. I got a really good start and was able to get into the lead by the first corner. However, there’s a seriously long straight afterwards, where the pole sitter got a good tow from me and managed to retake the lead. I had to sit behind him for two more laps before I re-took him, and pushed hard to get a good 3 ½ second lead which I maintained to the flag.

Friday night saw heavy rain and by morning, the track was extremely wet. The officials decided to start the race under a safety car, which a lot of drivers thought was unnecessary. Anyway, it was fairly uneventful, apart from the fact that I couldn’t see where I was going because of the amount of spray from the tyres of the cars in front of me. There were only four racing laps because an accident brought out the safety car again, and we crossed the line in formation, with me staying third. Bit boring, but a good points haul.

All in all, a very good weekend. I’ve closed the gap on the championship leader. However, he’s still a long way ahead and I’ve got to do something spectacular or he’s got to do something fairly disastrous if I’m to win the championship!

Another busy week this week, I’m off to Pembrey, a race track in , renowned for testing, where I’ll be coaching a young Spanish driver who aims to do either FBMW or FRenault in 2008. then on Thursday, it’s back to , this time to Zolder, where I’ll compete in a race called the Masters. This is a big, one off race, where all the top teams and drivers from around Europe and go head to head.

Really looking forward to it and I hope to be able to give you guys good news next week.