The signs were evident in Saturday mornings test session as Edgell set the third fastest time just .141 of a second behind two-time champion John McIntyre. Tim maintained his presence throughout qualifying, setting the third fastest time in the first segment before recording the second quickest time in the top twenty session. That put Edgell into the top ten shootout and he set the fifth fastest time despite a slight error during his lap. "We had a good run through qualifying but the error cost us," he said later.
The first race under the new one day race format used this season took place over 12 laps on Sunday morning and Edgell and the Chesters Falcon maintained position to start their weekend with a fifth placing. "It was okay, but we didn't have the car where we would have liked it." The car was better for the second race and Tim used it to good effect to climb to third place, setting the fastest lap of the race.
The final race on Sunday afternoon saw the cars line up for a 22 lap reverse grid event. Edgell made a good start but as he attempted to take another position by ducking under another competitor at Castrol Corner he was hit and spun around. That dropped him down the order and also bent the steering on the Chesters Falcon. The incident also left Tim without power steering for the remainder of the race as a pipe had also been damaged. However Tim still picked up the fastest lap for the second consecutive race although he admitted later the incident and the resulting damage "hurt us".
However to leave the opening round fifth in the points was a "decent start," said Tim. "There's not a mark on the car and if we can do the next round and finish in the same shape I will be stoked. The guys did a good job, the preparation was good. Two fastest laps mean we have got the speed."
Tim's 2009/2010 BNT V8s Championship campaign is supported by Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom, BNT, Marley N.Z. Ltd, IMG, Enviropeel, Fuchs Oils and Wurth NZ.
The next round of the series takes place at Christchurch's Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna over the weekend of 28/29 November.
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Photograph - Tim Edgell of Auckland and the Chesters Ford Falcon lead a group of cars during the BNT V8s Championship opener at Pukekohe Park Raceway at the weekend. Photo courtesy SportProMedia.com