Sam Bird to represent Carlin Motorsport at the Brooklands Centenary
TEAM NEWS: British racer Sam Bird will represent the Carlin team at the Brooklands Centenary Festival on 16 – 17 June. The two day festival will celebrate 100 years of motorsport and aviation at the legendary British circuit. The 20 year old British F3 race winner will take part in a parade of racing cars and motorbikes that raced at Brooklands, together with modern race cars and aerial displays.
The Brooklands Centenary Festival will host the largest collection of pre-war machines ever assembled in Britain. For the first time in nearly 50 years, a selection of historic vehicles will take to the legendary banking as famous aircraft soar overhead.
BP Ultimate driver Bird will complete a number of demonstration runs in the car in which he took his first British F3 win last month in Romania. It will be the team’s first appearance since its record breaking 1-2-3 finish at the last F3 race in Norfolk on 3 June.
The Carlin Dallara-Mercedes is capable of speeds of over 160mph, the Mercedes engine producing 210bhp taking the car from 0-60 in 3 seconds, making the Carlin F3 car five times more powerful that a normal 2 litre family car.
The Carlin F3 race car will be one of a select group of modern race cars on display. The British F3 championship has proved vital in the emergence of some of motorsport top drivers. Out of the current F1 grid, Rubens Barrichello, Takuma Sato, Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Anthony Davidson, Mark Webber and Scott Speed have all learnt their race craft in British F3 before heading on to race in the pinnacle of motorsport. Other racing legends such as Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna have also won the British F3 championship before going on to become F1 champions.
After four successive podiums, Bird has emerged as one of the stars in the 2007 championship and currently lies second in the drivers’ standings.
Speaking about the event, Bird commented, “I’m delighted to be taking part in this event and representing the rest of the Carlin F3 team. Brooklands must have been an amazing facility in its heyday, and I’m thrilled to help celebrate and remember that heritage. This is very much a local event for me and the team, so I’m very proud to have been asked to take part. I’m looking forward to showing the public the sights and sounds of the F3 car.”
Gates open at 7.30 on both days, with demonstration runs beginning at 10.00.