Bird eyeing Euro Series title

Sam Bird is confident that he will be able to challenge for the Formula 3 Euro Series title next season after signing for front running German team Mucke Motorsport

Bird eyeing Euro Series title

The Briton finished 11th in this year's standings with Manor Motorsport, but believes he can develop the front-running pace he showed in the second half of the season, and at Macau - where he was in contention for victory before being taken out at the start of the final - into a title charge in 2009.

"I didn't have the best of years last year," he told autosport.com "The speed was there to be seen quite clearly, but the results just didn't come my way.

"There's unfinished business for me in the Euro Series, I want to prove to some people that I can challenge for wins and championships at this level.

"The pressure is on. This is the first time since Formula BMW that I've stayed in a championship for a second year and I'm looking forward to the challenge. It will be tough but I think there's a possibility of challenging for the title."

Bird considered joining a number of teams for 2009, but believes that Mucke will give him the best opportunity for success.

"Mucke are one of the best teams in the Euro Series," he added. "I was fortunate to be able to speak to a lot of teams for next season, but I'm confident that Mucke is the right decision."

Team boss Peter Mucke added: "I am very pleased to sign Sam. We were interested in him already last year, so we are very happy to have reached an agreement to run him in 2009.

"I think Sam is a very talented driver, who certainly has the ability to fight with us for the title. We look forward to working with him."

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