With the forthcoming Plains and Bulldog rallies to be held in mid Wales, MonsterMob Ducati superbike team boss Paul Bird is set to take to the wheel of his newly acquired Hyundai Accent WRC eager to shake off the disappointment of his previous two events.

With a retirement to his name in the Manx National Rally back in May and a huge shunt when running in fifth place overall on the Manx International last month, the Cumbrian poultry magnate is hoping for success upon his return to gravel.

"Whilst I enjoyed the tarmac events, the results have been disappointing and it will be good to get back into the forests for the first time in nearly six months. I plan on testing the new car over this next week and I'm hoping to post some decent results over the next month or so," said Bird whose rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne clinched the British Superbike Championship recently.

Bird and co-driver Larry Carter will contest the Plains Rally based in Welshpool on September 20 and the Bulldog Rally which starts in Newtown a month later in the latest ex factory Evo 3.5 version of the Korean manufacturer's world championship specification car after an impressive debut in a similar car on the Manx.

Thereafter, the pair may decide to contest the Wales Rally GB in early November depending on commitments or alternatively, the recently resurrected Pendragon Rally which is scheduled to take place over the army ranges of the Cumbrian/North Yorkshire border on November 9th.

Picture credit: MVG Photographic.



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