Edgell, from Auckland’s North Shore, has showed his abilities on Hamilton’s unforgiving, concrete-lined street circuit before. Last year the #26 Chesters-BNT Falcon driver qualified on pole – no mean feat in the ultra-competitive NZV8 race series. This year, Edgell set the third-quickest time behind title contenders John McIntyre and Angus Fogg during Friday’s official qualifying sessions.
“Certainly the weekend started very well,” says Edgell. “The car was strong throughout the practice sessions, and we put in the third-fastest time during the top ten shootout and were feeling confident we had a good race car for the final three races of this season.”
However, just seconds into Saturday’s 12-lap race, the #26 car was bumped by another competitor’s already-sliding car, causing it to spin and crash heavily into the concrete barrier. Edgell managed to keep racing, despite considerable damage to the car, finishing 19th and salvaging some points.
“Of course, it’s bitterly disappointing to be taken out by another competitor through no fault of your own, but that is motor racing. The team did a fantastic job through Saturday night to replace some major parts and get the car ready to race on Sunday.”
Changeable weather created further challenges for Edgell and all the NZV8 teams, with parts of the track dry and the rest wet as they lined up for another 12-lap race on Sunday morning. “We elected to run wet tyres and, starting from 18th, managed to come through the field to finish ninth which was very pleasing. We were the first team on the wet specification Dunlops to finish, but, boy, the track conditions were hard to pick with showers continually coming through.”
The final race of the season, race #21, was shortened from 16 to 12 laps after the safety car was deployed after other competitors crashed heavily.
“We picked the dry racing slicks for the afternoon race with the track still being a wet and dry mixture. Just as the track was drying enough for the slicks to come into their own, the race was red flagged. We certainly had the potential to finish better that ninth, but you can’t change that now.
“It felt like this last round summarised our whole season – up and down – but we can look back on some very positive gains made by the whole team. We’ve been in the top five qualifiers for six of the seven rounds and on the front row, in grid position #2, twice, demonstrating good pace overall. We’ve finished in the top three six times and, the real highlight, we took our first round win at Manfeild in February. That was a very special weekend and a reflection of the potential we have in this team for the future.”
After the three Hamilton races, NZV8 competitors got together for a celebration and prize-giving. Edgell Performance Racing received the award for the best presented team. “That was really nice to have our efforts to present a professional image acknowledged in this way, as it also reflects well on our sponsors.”
Edgell finished the season in sixth place on the championship points-table.
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