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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

Wednesday 4 November 2007

Sam top of the class in Macau

Media with this post: Photo gallery Audio file

Sam capped off his maiden Macau weekend in style, finishing 6th in the Grand Prix race on Sunday. In what observers called "the most competitive Macau line-up for years", Sam was this year’s Top Rookie and also the leading driver from outside of Japanese F3 (the top five finishers having competed in the Far East this season).

Following an impressive performance in Saturday’s Qualifying Race, he lined up fifth for the Grand Prix Race. Making his customary stunning start, Sam overtook British F3 Champion Asmer and Euroseries contender James Jakes to challenge Oshima for second place. By the time the 30 strong field reached Lisboa, he was third behind eventual winner Oliver Jarvis and Oshima.

However, having had to start the race on used tyres following his incident in Thursday’s practice session, Sam struggled for early pace against the men on fresh rubber and, unable to carry equal speed into the straights, he had no choice but to yield to Asmer, Tsukakoshi and Streit successively. After a few laps, once the considerable performance advantage of new tyres had faded, Sam was back on level terms and was challenging Streit for 5th when the safety car was called out.

Over the five remaining racing laps, the MSA Elite driver remained in contention with some stunning lap times (personal best: 2:12.310) , but was unable to get past, and eventually took the chequered flag in sixth. 

Team Principal Trevor Carlin commented, "Sam was extremely impressive; he made another fantastic start to challenge for the lead before settling into third place. Unfortunately he wasn’t quite able to maintain that position but in a field a strong as this year’s, it’s still an incredibly impressive performance from a Macau rookie."

Sam added “I made a good start and made up some places but despite my best efforts, I just couldn’t match their straight line speed. I would have loved to have got onto the podium for my team and myself but it wasn’t to be. It has been an awesome experience to bring a close to my racing season and I want to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported me this year, in particular my main sponsors BP Ultimate, and my managers Serge Celebidachi and James Olivier from CJ Motorsport.”