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Bird Wins Welsh Thriller
After a second place on the opening Wyedean Rally followed by a win on his local Malcolm Wilson Rally for a record-equalling fourth time, the British Superbike and MotoGP team boss from Langwathby near Penrith was hoping to bounce back after a run of bad luck had put paid to his chances on recent events.

With the best quality entry of the season so far, Bird and Welsh co driver Aled Davies started well with third fastest time on SS1 in their Rubis Petroleum, Cockspur Rum, Fuchs Titan Race and Mac Tools-backed, Dom Buckley Motorsport-prepared Ford Focus WRC07.

With very little experience in the classic mid-Welsh forestry stages, Bird upped the pace over the next three stages to head for the mid-point service in second place, just seven seconds down on leader David Weston Jr.

However, on the way back to the service area, the car suddenly stopped leaving Bird and Davies to attempt to solve the problem. They quickly rectified the problem with the ECU which allowed them to return to service before proper repairs could be sorted by the team.

Into the second loop of stages and Bird immediately reduced Weston’s lead to a single second before hitting the front on SS6 to lead by two seconds. Weston pulled a second back on the penultimate stage meaning Bird’s lead was just one second going into the final stage in the legendary Crychan forest.

With all eyes focussed on the stop clocks, Bird eventually arrived at the finish adding a further two seconds to his lead to cross the Llandrindod Wells finish ramp three seconds to the good over his Scottish rival with Bird’s long time friend and adversary Steve Perez in third.

Having not contested the previous two BTRDA rounds due to other commitments, the result means the former ANCRO National Rally champion is up to seventh in the standings but with other drivers yet to drop certain scores, it’s still wide open going into next month’s Woodpecker Stages.

Paul Bird: “After the run of bad luck in the Isle of Man and then in Barbados, this makes up for canada goose parkas yellowknife outlet online a little but I had to drive the wheels off the car. I didn’t have the knowledge of these forests like most of the other drivers but I was delighted with the way I drove and didn’t make a mistake all day long. We thought our bad luck had returned when the car stopped on the road section but we just fiddled with a few wires, switched canada goose parkas yellowknife outlet online off and back on again and canada goose parkas yellowknife outlet online worked. My kids Frank and Jordan spurred me on today and Lexi’s lucky crocodile has found its mojo again! It’sa pity I’m jetting off to the MotoGP in Germany tonight otherwise that champagne that Steve Perez would be buying would taste very sweet indeed!”


1 Paul Bird/Aled Davies Ford Focus 07 WRC 45:23
2 David Weston Jr/Kirsty Riddick Subaru Impreza WRC 45:26
3 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner Ford Focus WRC 45:42
4 Stephen Petch/Ian Windress Ford Fiesta R5+ 46:07
5 Desi Henry/Damien Duffin Mitsubishi EVO 9 46:38
6 Jamie Anderson/Chris Brooks Mitsubishi EVO 9 46:54
7 Tristan Bailey/James How Mitsubishi WRC 47:29
8 Wayne Sisson/Neil Shanks Mitsubishi EVO 9 47:35
9 Roland Llewellin/Jamie Edwards Mitsubishi EVO 9 47:43
10 Karl Simmons/Guy Simmons Subaru Impreza WRC 47:56

Championship Positions (provisional)

1 M Robinson 143
2 S Petch 137
3 R Thompson 123
4 R Llewellin 120
5 S Perez 110
6 P Naylor 101
7 P Bird 89
8 L Francis 84
D Weston 84
10 T Naughton 82

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Picture attached courtesy of Stuart Woodier – Paul Bird and Aled Davies on their way to victory on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally


Along with Welsh co-driver Carl Williamson, the pair were embroiled in a day long battle around the classic Irish lanes with leading British and Irish crews including former champions Steve Simpson and Damian Cole as the crews battled the weather conditions as well as themselves over the 12 stages.

Seventh overall after the opening stage, the Lancastrian driver gradually upped his pace to move up the leaderboard into second place after SS6 but the tricky conditions continued with tyre choice proving to be a lottery and meaning the Dom Buckley Motorsport IRS-prepared car was occasionally not on ideal tyres on the ever-changing roads.

The pair combined caution with speed and arrived at the final stages in second place overall but dropped time due to having intermediate tyres on a dry surface and had to settle for fourth place overall losing eight valuable seconds on the final test, but second place of the registered championship contenders.

The nett result is John and Carl have climbed up into the lead of the 2014 REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship going into the Wilkinson Maintenance Tyneside Stages Rally next month.

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Official Results

Championship Positions (after 4 rounds)

Pictures: John Stone and Carl Williamson in action on the ALMC Stages Rally (pictures courtesy of Wayne Goldring and Peter Boyd


Driving the ex Marcus Gronholm Kick Energy Ford Focus WRC07, Perez led after all but one of the ten special stages on the Southwell Racecourse-based event which utilized the popular forest tracks of Sherwood Forest to claim maximum points in the 2014 REIS BTRDA Rally Series for the second time this season after victory in Somerset earlier this year.

Perez took the lead on SS1 by a single second and over the next few stages, edged ahead even further only to slip to second briefly on the first run through Clipstone. Soon, order was restored and four stage wins and a second place thereafter saw him reach the finish nearly half a minute ahead of rival Stephen Petch.

What it also means is that Perez is right in the mix for championship honours given the dropped scores points system and with a good string of results over the final five rounds, including next month’s Nicky Grist Stages, he can seriously challenge for the BRTDA crown he last won in 2010.

Steve Perez: “Other than dropping some time on SS4 when we overshot a chicane, we had a pretty good run although conditions were very difficult and far from ideal. It’s great to equal Andy’s record of four wins and I’m delighted for Paul to gain his fifth win. I’m the only driver to have won two events in the BTRDA Series this year so hopefully we can continue that form into the remaining rounds and challenge for the title again.”

1 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner – Ford Focus WRC – 44:11
2 Stephen Petch/Ian Windress – Ford Fiesta R5 – 44:40
3 Jamie Anderson/Chris Brooks – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 45:39
4 Pat Naylor/Ian Lawrence – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 45:51
5 Russ Thompson/Andy Murphy – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 46:23
6 Karl Simmons/Guy Simmons – Subaru Impreza – 46:48
7 Roland Llewellin/Jamie Edwards – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 47:26
8 Tom Preston/Jamie Forrest – Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 48:12
9 Matthew Robinson/Sam Collis – Ford Escort Mk2 – 48:21
10 Richard Lane/Frank Richer – Ford Escort H3 – 50:12

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Pictures (courtesy of Marcus Andrews): Steve Perez and Paul Spooner on their way to victory on the Rainworth Skoda Forest Rally.

Driving the Rubis Petroleum and Cockspur Rum-backed Ford Focus WRC08 he was sharing with regular Welsh co driver Aled Davies, the former National rally champion was hoping to back up his victory in last weekend’s Scotiabank King of the Hill contest on the Caribbean island.

The Cumbrian MotoGP and British Superbike team owner scorched into the lead following Friday evening’s stage around Bushy Park and set fastest times on the next nine stages to hold a 25 second lead as the event entered the final half.

However, it was SS11 that the Dom Buckley IRS-prepared car came to grief as Bird explained:

“We were smashing it and I wasn’t even driving to the maximum as I had everything under control. We’d done that stage three times already so I was carrying a little more speed through a corner when I drifted the slightest bit wide. I was hardly off line at all, but there was some cut rock on the exit which I hit and it broke two wheels and the suspension meaning we couldn’t continue. This rally is the highlight of my year so I’m naturally gutted, I can accept misfortune anywhere on events, and we’ve had more than our fair share recently, but it’s very hard to take over here. Thanks to Rubis

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