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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

Tuesday 3 August 2007

Bird suffers a weekend to forget at Thruxton!

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Sam Bird, (20, Claygate) endured a torrid time at Thruxton today, Sunday August 26. His first qualifying session went reasonably, giving him grid slot 4, but in the second session, in searing heat, his tyres completely delaminated and recorded the hottest temperature Avon has ever seen, leaving him in 13th, an uncharacteristic position for the BP Ultimate driver.

In Race one, the MSA Race Elite driver benefited from a clash between 1st and 2nd position drivers, and swept into the lead on lap 3. However, Kennard got the tow and managed to overtake when Sam went a little wide at the chicane. Sam’s times were quicker but with Kennard defending position, he couldn’t get past, and this slowed them both up, allowing Mustonen to catch the front pair. Mustonen tried an overtaking manoeuvre at the chicane where three into one just doesn’t go! Sam hit the barrier at around 80mph destroying much of the rear of the car! Both drivers retired.

 “It was a most unfortunate racing incident” Sam said afterwards “a real shame, because we definitely had the pace this weekend, I was feeling good and so was the car, I didn’t mind too much losing the lead to Kennard at first, because there are plenty of overtaking places at Thruxton, and I was confident of either recovering the lead or at least staying a close second, which would have given me back second place in the Championship”.

The Carlin team worked like fury to get the car ready for race two, but unfortunately, although Sam took his place on the grid, it quickly became apparent that the handling wasn’t right “I was suffering serious oversteer and in fact it felt quite dangerous. I decided that, rather than risk another accident it would be safer to retire. Obviously, I’m extremely unhappy with the weekend, but as they say, that’s motor racing, and at least I can take away with me the fact that we had the pace to win. We test on Wednesday at Rockingham, in preparation for the final race of the season, and that will give us the opportunity to put the car right ready for the next race at Croft on September 8/.9.”

photos by Jakob Ebrey