Edwards overcomes nerves in comeback event
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.”
ON PACE: Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney in action during yesterday’s practice for the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.