EDGELL SETS HAMILTON LAP RECORD Aucklander Tim Edgell wrapped up his breakthrough season in the BNT V8s with another pair of milestones at the ITM 400 in Hamilton last weekend. Persistent braking issues dogged the young star and his ...
EDGELL SETS HAMILTON LAP RECORD
Aucklander Tim Edgell wrapped up his breakthrough season in the BNT V8s with another pair of milestones at the ITM 400 in Hamilton last weekend.
Persistent braking issues dogged the young star and his Chesters Falcon throughout the weekend but pole position and a new lap record for the daunting 3.4 kilometre Hamilton street circuit against the might of the V8 competitors showed just what may have been achieved given a troublefree run.
Tim arrived in Hamilton after a championship season that had seen him finish fourth overall. During the season he had recorded several personal bests including his first pole position, first race win and a lap record at Taupo.
Edgell continued that good form when proceedings got underway at Hamilton on Friday. He set the quickest time in qualifying with a lap of 1 minute 31.3449, .2857 of a second quicker than Kayne Scott who was in turn followed by other class heavyweights John McIntyre and Angus Fogg.
Tim used the pole position to good effect come Saturday when he led until the seventh lap of what turned out to be a nine lap event. Tim had set a new lap record for the track on the second lap of the race with a time of 1.31.9669 and was looking strong. However as he tried to slow the Chesters Falcon for the tight first corner at the end of the front straight on lap seven a brake caliper failure changed the race and indeed Tims whole weekend.
Entering the corner too quickly because of the problem with the brake Tim spun the Chesters Falcon. He got underway again but was destined to finish the race in seventh place. That would
place him down the grid for Sunday mornings second race. Tim brought the Chesters Falcon home in fifth in that race while his third race was over before it started when he brought the Chesters Falcon into the pits with more brake problems prior to the start of the final race. He joined the race but braking problems persisted and another spin resulted on the way to the chequered flag.
Tim was obviously disappointed. "The brake issues cost us the whole weekend. The car was good on Friday." However once again his speed and frontrunning ability were clear to see this weekend. It has been a brilliant season for the former NZ Formula Ford Champion and the pole position performance and new lap record at one of the most demanding circuits the V8 competitors encounter each season show the strength of Team EPR.
Tim's 2009/2010 BNT V8s season has been 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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