Leading American driver, Paul Edwards, age 21 from Santa Maria, California, demonstrated his wet weather prowess by taking a dominating win from points leader Tomas Scheckter in Round 20 of the EFDA Euroseries Championship. The win promoted ...
Leading American driver, Paul Edwards, age 21 from Santa Maria, California, demonstrated his wet weather prowess by taking a dominating win from points leader Tomas Scheckter in Round 20 of the EFDA Euroseries Championship. The win promoted Edwards to Third Place in the final Euroseries Championship standings, and to First Place in the British Championship.
Triumph in Round 20 came after a disappointing Round 19, in which Edwards started off-pole, but was eliminated from contention at the first corner, when third place starter Jeroen Reyntjens misjudged his braking point and punted Edwards taking them both out the race. In characteristic fashion, Edwards pushed aside the disappointment to focus on winning the last race of the season.
The race was fraught with action as Edwards, fourth on the grid, started on slick tyres while the track was still very wet. At the green light, Edwards, cautious to avoid the mistakes of others, dropped from fourth to eighth while struggling for grip. In the early laps, as the puddles cleared, Edwards displayed his renowned car control by methodically passing one competitor at a time on the damp track. After taking the lead from Scheckter, just past halfway in the race, Edwards reeled off a series of fastest laps to establish a 20-second margin. On the final lap, near disaster struck when Edwards’ air flow meter malfunctioned and his maximum speed was limited to 25 mph. Limping around the track, Edwards managed to finish ahead by 5 seconds for his third victory of the year. Said a relieved and ecstatic Edwards,
"“It was a tremendous race for Team Meritus, we gambled and started on slicks while it was still very wet. The challenge at the start was to stay on the track and avoid potential mistakes by other drivers. While the track was still very damp, I was able to overtake several drivers, and establish a huge gap. On the final lap, my heart sunk when the car suddenly slowed, but fortunately I had established a considerable lead and was able to coast home for my best victory to date."
The win capped a promising Season for Edwards, during which he demonstrated that he has the talent to compete at the sport’s highest levels. Paul summed up the day by commenting,
"“I must say that I am very proud of Team Meritus for providing me a fantastic race car this weekend. I think this win is the best of my career and feel it is what the team and I deserved after all the hard work everyone has put in throughout the difficult season. We definitely made our mark today."
Next up for Edwards, is the Team USA Scholarship competition this Wednesday. Edwards will be competing against five other promising American drivers. The run-offs will be contested in identical Formula Palmer Audi cars at Jonathan Palmer’s test track at Bedford. The winning prize will be, one of two, funded drives in the Palmer Audi Winterseries. A grateful Edwards is looking forward to the competition,
"“I am grateful to have the chance to compete for the Team USA Scholarship. Last year the Scholarship proved invaluable by helping me contest the Formula Opel Winterseries, which I won driving for Team Meritus. I am excited about the chance to win this year’s prize, because I have been very impressed with the quality of the field in Palmer Audi and think it is a great drivers’ challenge."