Hamilton: Tim Edgell weekend summary

EDGELL SHOWS SIGNS OF TRUE PACE AT HAMILTON Auckland driver Tim Edgell continued to show signs of his true pace during last weekend's New Zealand V8s Trophy Races at the Hamilton Street circuit. In the early part of the weekend Edgell had his ...

EDGELL SHOWS SIGNS OF TRUE PACE AT HAMILTON

Auckland driver Tim Edgell continued to show signs of his true pace during last weekend's New Zealand V8s Trophy Races at the Hamilton Street circuit. In the early part of the weekend Edgell had his Chesters Ford Falcon firmly amongst the frontrunners and then, after a troubled first race, he posted a great drive in Saturday afternoon's second race to come from near the back of the large field to finish in the top ten.

After some top performances during the recently concluded New Zealand V8s Championship Edgell immediately showed more of the same pace at the non-championship event on the new street circuit. In the first test session on Friday he set the fourth fastest time and everything looked good for another strong weekend. That form continued in qualifying when the young Aucklander set the sixth fastest time in the opening segment of the session. However a change of tyres for the next period saw his times dip and he was left twelfth on the grid for the opening race on Saturday morning.

That race, run in the rain, turned sour for Tim on the opening lap. He was forced to cut across the kerbs at the back straight chicane to avoid a spinning car and the excursion forced the diff upwards, breaking a rear brake line. That effectively ended Tim's challenge. The race was called off after six of the fourteen laps due to the conditions and Edgell was classified twenty-fifth.

The second race really exhibited the true pace of Edgell and the Chesters Falcon. From a lowly twenty-third place on the grid Edgell carved his way through the field to an eventual tenth place.

The third and final race of the weekend saw the Chesters Falcon retire from the race with gearbox problems. Edgell completed thirteen of the twenty laps, reaching fourteenth place and as he said later, "we probably only needed to survive to make the top ten." However Edgell felt the car may have had another problem during the race. "We had masses of understeer," he said. Of the weekend he went on to say, "we learnt a lot although we didn't fulfil our potential after the pace we had in practice and the second race. It's a shame the way it unfolded."

However it has been an amazing season for Team EPR, a small privateer outfit among some very professional operations. Several top six qualifying performances

during the championship rounds earlier in the season were accompanied by some great results. At the final round of the championship at Teretonga last month Tim scored his best New Zealand V8s result when he finished second in a reverse grid race.

As he said on that occasion Team EPR have "punched well above their weight this season."

Tim also paid tribute to his sponsors at the end of a season where he and the team have certainly served a warning to their rivals. "I appreciate the support of all my sponsors -Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom, Marley N.Z. Ltd, BNT, Wurth NZ, South Auckland Motors, Prestigio Insurance and Motul Oils - they have given me fantastic support!" Tim was also grateful to Greg Smith for his support and also that of Erin and Leon Honeyman who travelled from Australia for the event.

The Hamilton event was watched by an audience of 172,113 people comprising 53,695 attendees on Friday, 58,418 on Saturday and a Sunday crowd of 60,000.

-credit: tim edgell

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