Kyla Birdseye has continued her progress in the Drayton Manor MG Metro Cup with a strong showing at Oulton Park. In wet conditions for both qualifying and the race, Kyle excellent by securing her best starting position of the season, before backing it up with strong lap times during the course of the race to finish in 13th, the third highest MG Metro Turbo driver in the field. The Drayton Manor MG Metro Cup epitomises club motorsport in the UK with healthy grids and a community atmosphere in the paddock which provides close and competitive racing over six meetings held during the course of the year.
Despite very limited karting experience, Kyla has taken to circuit racing with ease after maintaining the family tradition. This season has seen Birdseye make considerable progress with an encouraging 13th place finish in the opening race at Donington Park setting her up for a successful year. The double header at Brands Hatch in May also brought encouragement as a pair of 13th place results were just reward for good improvements throughout the weekend. Although Kyla missed the race on the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, she returned to the championship at Mallory Park where she once again drove well to collect a solid finish.
Driving on the Oulton Park International layout, Kyla was hopeful of another positive weekend in the Drayton Manor MG Metro Cup. With rain falling before the start of qualifying, it was going to make the session even more challenging but Birdseye was ready to face the challenge and secure a solid starting spot. She did just that by qualifying 10th, her best qualifying performance of the season but it could’ve been even better if it wasn’t for a red flag which cut short the session.
Track conditions were still extremely tricky for the race later in the day as Kyla lined up on the fifth row of the grid. Despite dropping six positions on the opening lap, Birdseye was determined to fight back and show the pace that brought her a seasons-best qualifying. Gaining positions on successive laps, Kyla charged up to 12th by the halfway mark and was beginning to lap quicker than the drivers ahead of her. Running in 12th with one lap to go, Kyla had rival Tom Burles in her sights but was just overtaken by recovering Tony Connell on the final lap to finish in 13th. Nevertheless, this was a brilliant drive from Birdseye was showed superb pace at a challenging track in some extremely difficult conditions.
Overall, it was a very successful meeting for Kyla who is continuing to develop as a racer in a very competitive club racing series. One round remains in this season’s Drayton Manor MG Metro Cup which takes place at Snetterton in Norfolk where Kyla will hope for further progress and possibly target her first top-10 overall finish of the 2016 season.