A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS FOR EDGELL It was a weekend of firsts for Auckland driver Tim Edgell at Round 5 of the BNT V8s Championship at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend. The young driver took his first pole position in the championship ...
A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS FOR EDGELL
It was a weekend of firsts for Auckland driver Tim Edgell at Round 5 of the BNT V8s Championship at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend.
The young driver took his first pole position in the championship on Saturday, his first race win on Sunday and came within three points of winning the round as he finished runner-up in his Chesters Falcon to Craig Baird.
He also left the round third in the championship, just 16 points behind former two-time champion John McIntyre in second place.
It was a hugely impressive performance, the debut championship race win coming in dominant fashion with many of New Zealands most accomplished drivers left in his wake.
This was the result that Edgell, the 2003/2004 NZ Formula Ford Champion, had been threatening to produce for sometime. Over the past three seasons he has regularly qualified near the front of the field and has produced some great race results. This season, Edgell and the small EPR team have been getting closer and closer to toppling the more established names in the BNT V8s category. At Teretonga in January Tim qualified the Chesters Falcon third on the grid and a week later he was second fastest in qualifying at Timaru before going onto score two second placings and a third place overall at that round.
This weekend Edgell was the man to beat. After qualifying fastest on Saturday he led all the way in Sunday mornings opening contest over 12 laps, crossing the line to win by almost 3 seconds from defending champion Kayne Scott of Hamilton. It was a victory achieved in style with the fastest lap of the race also being credited to Edgell. "The car was really good," said an elated Edgell after the race. "I drove well within myself and the Chesters Falcon was handling great!"
Three hours later and once again Edgell accelerated away to a comfortable lead in the second race until the safety car made an appearance. The field regrouped and at the restart the Chesters Falcon continued on in the lead. However on the penultimate lap Baird snuck by at turn one. Tim explained later that after the resumption he had flat spotted a tyre as he pushed hard to rebuild his lead. The flat spot left the Auckland driver contending with a nasty vibration as he brought the car across the line in second place.
Once again Tim and the Chesters Falcon secured the fastest lap time of the race.
Edgells successes left him last on the grid for the reverse grid finale but he was quickly on the case, moving through the field and into the top ten before half distance. He made his way through to 8th place at the finish despite the fact that inside the car he was battling a gearbox that was jumping out of gear plus a slow puncture. "The car was pretty average early on and it became terrible! The left rear tyre had a slow leak. There was just 11lb pressure at the end."
Edgells results gave him 181 points for the round, just three less than the round winner, the ultra-experienced Baird. It was Tims second podium in consecutive rounds of the championship.
"It was a good weekend," said Tim as he relaxed after the post-event media conference. "We're third in the championship, sixteen points off second place - it ain't over yet!"
The final round of the championship takes place at the Taupo Motorsport Park over the weekend 20/21 March.
Tim's 2009/2010 BNT V8s Championship campaign is supported by Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom, BNT, Marley NZ Ltd, Laufen Bathrooms, Hansen Products, Fuchs Oils, Wurth NZ and Element 82.
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