Driving the MinxFlix.com, Fuchs Titan, Rapid Solicitors and Kick Energy-backed, Pirelli-shod FBP Ford Focus WRC07, Bird followed up his narrow victory on the Manx National Rally back in May with an even more dramatic win around the classic Irish lanes despite it being his debut on the event.
Along with Welsh co-driver Aled Davies, the pair were embroiled in a day long battle with the leading British and Irish crews and for the most part, were holding literally a one second advantage over former champion Damian Cole going into the final stage.
But in the self-confessed drive of his life, the Cumbrian MotoGP and British Superbike team owner, who won the ANCRO National Rally Championship in 2005, scorched through the last stage to arrive at the finish some six seconds to the good to kick start his title campaign after missing the previous round en route to winning SOL Rally Barbados.
Bird’s next outing in the REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship is on the Mewla Rally on Sunday 25th August.
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1 Paul Bird/Aled Davies – Ford Focus WRC 07 – 55.00
2 Damian Cole/James Morgan – Ford Focus WRC 05 – 55:06
3 Stephen Simpson/Patrick Walsh – Subaru Impreza WRC – 55:21
4 Hugh Hunter/Andy Marchbank – Subaru Impreza WRC – 55:49
5 Kenny McKinstry/Noel Orr – Subaru WRC – 56:27
6 Graham Coffey/Elliott Edmondson – Subaru Impreza S12B WRC – 57:18
Pictures courtesy of Wayne Goldring & James Burke