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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 January 2008

Bird to fly the flag in Europe

Sam Bird will be competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series with Manor Motorsport in 2008. The 20 year old CJ Motorsport managed driver will enjoy continued support from BP Ultimate in his quest for European success.

"I am absolutely thrilled" said Sam after signing the contract with Manor owner and Team Principal, John Booth. "When I sat down with my management team to look at my options for 2008, there was a case for remaining in the UK Series where I did well in my rookie year and I know the tracks, the tyres and the overall set-up. However, given my longer-term ambition in this sport, we felt that I needed to remain on the steep learning curve I have thrived on for the last few years and the Euro Series certainly presents that challenge."

"I have known John Booth for several years" added the MSA Elite Driver. "He has always been extremely supportive towards me, even when I was competing against his team in Formula Renault and I always hoped that I would drive for him one day."

"I am also over the moon that BP Ultimate are fully supportive of my European challenge. I have worn their colours with pride in the British Championship this year and I am determined to achieve success for them in the Euro Series in 2008. Between BP Ultimate, Manor Motorsport and myself, it looks like we have a bit of a British thing going! We will together be aiming to fly the Union Jack high in Europe."

John Booth of Manor Motorsport said: "I am obviously delighted to have Sam joining Manor Motorsport, after three years of trying to get him on board. It would have been an easy option for Sam to stay in the British Series for 2008, but he has shown a great deal of courage and confidence to take on the challenge of the Euro Series Championship. I am sure that he will be a strong contender having been the strongest F3 Rookie in 2007".

Mark Reader, BP’s UK Fuels Marketing Manager, added: "We are delighted to offer Sam our continued support as he takes on the Formula 3 Euro Series. He has been a valuable ambassador for BP Ultimate throughout 2007 and we are excited to be working with Sam again as he takes on this new challenge in 2008."