Rising American star Paul Edwards experienced highs and lows in today's Green Flag British Formula 3 Championship double-header at Donington Park. Following a solid run to fifth in the first race, the 22-year-old Californian fought his way from...
Rising American star Paul Edwards experienced highs and lows in today's Green Flag British Formula 3 Championship double-header at Donington Park. Following a solid run to fifth in the first race, the 22-year-old Californian fought his way from 15th to seventh in the second counter only to have an errant fuel pump drop him down the order late in the race.
Starting sixth in race one, Edwards emerged in fifth from a hectic scramble at the green flag. With Edwards' Alan Docking Racing team still developing a dry set up to match its strong wet weather package, Edwards was unable to mount an attack on fourth place man Derek Hayes' Manor Motorsport-run entry.
Race two was a rather more dramatic affair. Edwards' Doug Mockett-sponsored machine battled up the order from 15th on the grid to seventh by the closing laps. "I made some good passes and was feeling relieved to have gotten some points out of starting 15th," Edwards said. "Then three laps from the end, the engine died when the fuel pump cut out. I moved out of harm's way and switched on the back-up pump, but I lost six places in the process. I regained a couple of those, but not enough to get back into the top ten and the points."
With a quarter of the races run, Edwards looked forward to the rest of the season. "It's getting tough now. Carlin, Jaguar, and Manor are better funded than we are and do more testing, but we're pulling out all the stops at ADR to make the most of what we've got and stay with them. My teammate's won a race and I'm hoping it's my turn next."
Edwards' first race result kept him eighth in the points standings after six races, within striking distance of the series leaders. Compatriots Jeffrey Jones and Alex Gurney opened their F3 points accounts at Donington, scoring a sixth and a ninth respectively. Round four takes place next weekend at the scenic Oulton Park circuit.