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Tim Edgell On Pole Position For BNT V8s Championship At Manfeild

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Tim Edgell On Pole Position For BNT V8s Championship At Manfeild

Auckland racing driver Tim Edgell (Chesters Falcon) was the toast of Manfeild Park today as he qualified on pole position for tomorrow's opening race of Round 4 of the BNT V8s Championship. It is the first time the former NZ Formula Ford Champion will start from the pole and follows on progressively from his 3rd then 2nd qualifying places in the previous rounds.

Queensland based Kiwi star Craig Baird (United Video Falcon) will start alongside Edgell after setting the 2nd quickest time while Hamilton's former champion Kayne Scott (Fujitsu Heat Pumps Falcon) claimed 3rd spot to confirm he is back in the title hunt after a frustrating season to date.

John McIntyre (Prime Explosives Falcon) will start from 4th place having rebuilt his car following the disastrous exit from Round 4 three weeks ago with Aucklanders Angus Fogg (LG / Newstalk ZB Falcon) and Andy Booth (Big Ben Commodore) completing the top six line up for the 12 lap Race 1 tomorrow morning.

In the first 20 minute qualifying session it was Scott setting the pace ahead of Fogg with Baird and Andy Knight (Radio Live Falcon) close behind. Edgell and McIntyre played more of a waiting game in 5th and 6th to ensure they made the top 20 cut off for the next qualifying session ahead of Booth and a superbly performing John Penny (Penny Homes Commodore). Darryn Henderson (Radio Sport Falcon) surprised with his 9th fastest time as did local driver Matt Lockwood who made the top ten although he is not contesting the full championship.

While the first session was held in dry but overcast conditions, the weather for the next, for the top 20 previous qualifiers, was wet and drizzly with strong winds. Edgell reveled in the conditions and led most of the 15 minutes although Baird, Scott and McIntyre challenged furiously. As conditions worsened the order changed little which left the final top ten order of Edgell, Baird, Scott, McIntyre, Fogg, Booth, Knight, Penny, Clark Proctor (VIP Falcon) and current points runner up Eddie Bell (Independent Fisheries Falcon).

With the weather deteriorating by the minute, a decision based on safety was made to cancel the top ten shoot out and establish the starting grid as at the end of the second session. However, during an earlier testing session, Dunedin driver John Whelan suffered a major off-course excursion which saw his car mount the tyre wall at Turn 1 with the serious damage necessitating his withdrawal from tomorrow's races.

Driver Quotes:

Tim Edgell (Auckland) - Car No 26 - Chesters Falcon:

"We've worked hard as a team and we've improved the car a bit so I also try to improve as a driver. It is all starting to pay off for us as we weren't just quick in qualifying but we have been quick in practice as well. We now have to put three solid races together tomorrow as we are only 31 points away from second place."

Craig Baird (Queensland) - Car No. 3 - United Video Ford Falcon:

"Everyone up the front is looking for championship points so it is better to be up there than the middle of the pack as the front rows normally getaway unscathed at the start. It will be tight but hopefully everyone will be sensible and we can consolidate some good points."

Kayne Scott (Hamilton) - Car No 1 - Fujitsu Heat Pumps Ford Falcon:

"It's fingers crossed for tomorrow as I'm not too happy about this weather rolling in but it is a good track here which usually leads into some good racing so we will have to see how we can go."

Tomorrow will see the usual three race format with the first two 12 lap races set to start at 9:55am and 12:55pm with the full reverse grid 22 lap feature race scheduled for 4:00pm.

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