FPAUDI: Paul Edwards Shines in Palmer Audi Testing

American standout Paul Edwards continued to set the pace yesterday in testing for this year's Euro Formula Palmer Audi Championship. Testing on the Brand's Hatch Indy Circuit, Edwards posted a fast time of 43.5 seconds to finish .1 second quicker...

American standout Paul Edwards continued to set the pace yesterday in testing for this year's Euro Formula Palmer Audi Championship. Testing on the Brand's Hatch Indy Circuit, Edwards posted a fast time of 43.5 seconds to finish .1 second quicker than second place Derek Hayes. It was the third testing session in which Edwards topped the time sheets, but the first in which he remained there at day's end.

"While testing isn't a race, it is always good to finish first, especially when everyone is in an equal car," related the 1999 Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series Champion. "Testing started two weeks ago and I have been the lead guy during each session, but I haven't finished first until yesterday; this is on account that my strategy is to protect my tire supply by stopping once I find a good balance on the car. Yesterday, I maintained the same strategy and only did half the day, but my time was good enough to withstand the competition."

The Euro Formula Palmer Audi season kicks-off April 2nd at Donnington Park and Edwards is confident for his championship prospects. "For sure it is difficult to predict what will happen over the twenty races, but I think I am well-positioned to win the Championship. The key will be to maintain a consistent top five performance while knowing how to keep a cool head and setting the appropriate objectives when things don't go as planned."

Edwards, who is sponsored by Doug Mockett and Company, a high-end retailer of architectural hardware, is committed to giving his best. "This year I am giving 100% just as I always have. Everyday I spend two hours in the gym and my entire life is focused on racing. Being a professional racecar driver is a privilege, but it is also something you earn and I intend to earn my place at the top."

"I would like to thank everyone for their support: Doug Mockett, Jonathan Palmer, Jeremy Shaw, Speedvision and all my personal advisors. Without their help, I wouldn't be racing this year. Now I have straightforward task of winning races and completing my sponsorship package so that I can win the Title and prepare for 2001."

<pre> Testing - Brands Hatch 23 March 2000 Pos Driver Time 1 Paul Edwards (USA) 43.557 2 Derek Hayes (GB) 43.656 3 Jack Van Der Ende (HOL) 43.690 4 Miku Santavirta (FIN) 43.739 5 Bruno Besson (FRA) 43.753

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Derek Hayes , Paul Edwards , Jonathan Palmer , Jeremy Shaw , Bruno Besson , Doug Mockett