EDGELL COMPLETES SERIES OF MILESTONES Tim Edgell's stellar BNT V8s Championship season ended at the Taupo Motorsport Park this weekend with another top result giving him fourth overall in the championship. The young Auckland driver wrapped...
EDGELL COMPLETES SERIES OF MILESTONES
Tim Edgell's stellar BNT V8s Championship season ended at the Taupo Motorsport Park this weekend with another top result giving him fourth overall in the championship.
The young Auckland driver wrapped up his championship by once again running at the front of the field in the company of champion elect Craig Baird plus former two-time champions John McIntyre and Kayne Scott. An added bonus was a new lap record, Tim slashing almost half a second, a huge chunk, off the previous mark.
After qualifying fourth fastest on Saturday in the Chesters Falcon Tim then raced to a fourth and an impressive third placing before ending the series with a ninth as he struggled with a diff problem in the reverse grid race.
The three results gave Edgell sufficient points to place fourth overall for the round.
Despite the pace Tim said Team EPR "weren't quite on top" of the Chesters Falcon this weekend. The diff problem in the final race slowed the Chesters Falcon when Edgells main rival for third in the championship, Kayne Scott, was only one or two spots ahead but the problem meant he was unable to keep up and challenge for a championship podium.
"That's the way it goes, I guess," said Tim as he commented on his weekend. Looking back at the championship Edgell was pretty happy. "We didn't just get fourth in the championship we were in a big battle for third. The most enjoyable factor was the consistency. We were good at all the rounds. That is pretty good because we are a small team, a truly family team," says Edgell.
Edgell never finished lower than fifth overall at any of the six rounds of the championship and the season featured some major milestones. Edgell and the Chesters Falcon set several fastest laps and established the new Taupo lap record. More importantly Edgell took his first round podium at Timaru with a third and then at Manfeild he took his first pole position and then his maiden race win, eventually finishing second at that round just 3 points behind round winner Craig Baird. All in all a superb season for a privateer team.
As Tim said after the final race of the championship, "we went from tenth last year to fourth this season so that is a pretty good improvement."
The standard of drivers at the front of the BNT V8s Championship is top class and this season Aucklander Tim Edgell was a permanent fixture in the top five. In addition to their high standards on the track Tim, Team EPR and the Chesters Falcon received the accolade of 'Best Presented Ford' at the end of championship prizegiving in Taupo on Sunday evening.
The next outing for Tim and the Chesters Falcon is the non-championship Trophy Race at the Hamilton 400 from 16-18 April
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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