Ed­wards over­comes nerves in come­back event

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON ROHAN O’NEIL

open­ing race with what he hopes is a plat­form for suc­cess. Hav­ing spent a year out of the driver’s seat, Ed­wards was al­ways go­ing to need time to make an im­pact and se­cure more fi­nan­cial back­ing to re­alise his true po­ten­tial. “Hav­ing 12 months out and then get­ting back on can be a bit nerve- rack­ing but once the first lap is gone, you’re back in the game,” Ed­wards ( right) said.

“We’re slowly try­ing to work a deal with the spon­sors we have on board to try and keep go­ing for the rest of the sea­son. “There’s a fair bit of hope for the week­end, though. “We’ve got a car that’s won a lot of rounds so we’ve got a quick car and a quick team.”

Ed­wards, 24, is fill­ing in for Sieders Rac­ing driver Jor­dan Skin­ner and for now is only rac­ing in Townsville in this year’s se­ries but all the ef­fort in rais­ing funds has been worth it for the for­mer karts racer. Driv­ing is Ed­ward’s pas­sion and he be­lieves the V8 Utes have a spe­cial place in Aus­tralia’s motorsport com­mu­nity.

“The guys love it and the whole crowd loves it as well be­cause the utes bring ev­ery­thing back to roots, that’s what ev­ery­one loves about them,” Ed­wards said.

“The utes are def­i­nitely their own cat­e­gory. I reckon if you ran just the utes … by them­selves it would pull the same crowds as V8 Su­per­cars do.

“They’re great cars and the guys do ex­cel­lent work on them and the en­gi­neer­ing that goes into them is fan­tas­tic.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

ON PACE: Holden Rac­ing Team’s James Court­ney in ac­tion dur­ing yesterday’s prac­tice for the Cas­trol Edge Townsville 400.

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