Cumbrian racing driver Frank Bird came away with a top five placing from his latest outing in the ADAC GT Masters Series.

The Penrith racer was in action in Zandvoort in the Netherlands for round three.

Driving for MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF, Bird teamed up with 18-year-old Finnish driver Elias Seppanen for the two races in the Frank Bird Poultry Ltd-backed Mercedes AMG-GT3.

Having raced at the circuit previously, Bird - a two-time winner in the  GT World Challenge Europe last year - was hoping to improve on his results at the previous rounds at Oschersleben in Germany and the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

However, they had to contend with heavy rain in the practice and qualify, with Bird and Seppanen starting in P20 on the grid for the first race.

A fragmented race, involving two pit stops to change tyres rather than the planned one, saw the duo finish 17th overall and 11th in the junior class. 

They started race two from P18 but an impressive drive saw Bird cross the line in ninth overall and fifth in the junior class.

Bird said: “It was my second time racing at Zandvoort which is a difficult track with some banked corners and usually the weather plays its part.

“This weekend was no exception and we got caught out by using wets in the opening race, only for it to dry up and it meant we had to make an extra pitstop to change tyres again.

“Race two was much better, we had a good, clean race and brought the car home safely inside the top ten and fifth place in the junior class is a good result.

“Our pace was good, and I hope we can back that up at the Nürburgring so thanks to the team and our sponsors.”

Round four of the series visits the Nurburgring in Germany over the weekend of August 5-7.