ARRON NEWBY TO DRIVE PAUL BIRD’S FOCUS WRC
Paul Bird will put young driver Arron Newby in the seat of his Ford Focus WRC while he serves his two-year motorsport ban.
Bird finished runner-up in the 2014 BTRDA Rally Championship, but was banned recently having tested positive for cocaine and diuretics in his blood following a drugs test after the Nicky Grist Stages in 2015.
The Kelso driver is hoping to help out Newby – who hasn’t competed in a WRC car before – by giving him the opportunity.
“The reason behind doing this is to support a young driver and to put something back into the sport,” said Bird. “I’ve known Arron for a long time, he’s a good friend to me and I rate him highly as a driver. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do in this car.”
Newby is looking forward to experiencing the 2008 Focus – but the duo has only confirmed a test so far. No events have been earmarked at this early stage.
“It started off as a joking text to blow the cobwebs off the car,” explained Newby. “However, it all turned serious in a few minutes and plans are in place for tests already.”
Newby – a Manx champion – is hoping a trip back to the Isle is on the cards.
“Ideally, one main event to do would be the Manx National in May as I think I’m more suited to Tarmac, but in all honesty, I’d just be happy to get out in a proper WRC car on any event.”
MN understands that Dom Buckley will continue to prepare the car on events.