With just over a week to go until the 10 Hour du Var in France, Eddie has been talking about his excitement at some of the upcoming races and has also spoken for the first time about his recent offer of a drive in the Daytona 500.
When asked what he thought his chances were at du Var, Eddie replied: “Well I’m hoping for a good result. Our recent race performances in the Premier championship have been encouraging and Seth has been proving his speed in the sprints so I’m confident he can bring something to the team.
“I think it’s going to be tough this year and we almost certainly won’t be fighting for the win but I like to think we have the pace to be challenging the top 6 – that is where we have to aim for.”
He was also quizzed about the recent news that he has been offered a drive at the Daytona 500 (Milton Keynes not America!).
“Yes that is nice. Stuart [Belbin] phoned me last week and asked what my situation was and would I be available to race? We’ve been so close to racing together before, at Daytona last year and Le Mans this year, but it’s never come off.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Daytona before and it’s always nice to experience something new. They are Pro Karts, which is going to be different but I think it should be a laugh – I just hope I’m allowed to race this time!” (Eddie was, of course, prevented from racing in the Daytona 8 Hour last year as he was deemed ‘too professional’ for the race).
When asked what he thought about his chances, Eddie was typically cagey: “I don’t know. I have no idea how many other teams will be there or what the competition will be like. The guys I’m racing with are pretty good from all accounts. They are all top drivers in the Buckmore Park GP League and they race Pro Karts. They have also raced here before so I know I’m in safe hands.”
Eddie also elaborated slightly about the recent news that he has become a share holder in Datapartners. “Yes I’m very pleased about that. I’ve been here for three and a half years now and this is a real show of faith. Peter and I get on really well and we have, together, done some great things over the last few years. I hope that we can continue to move forward over the coming years.”
When asked how this would impact on his racing, Eddie replied. “Nothing is really going to change. I’ve made a long-term commitment and I hope that it will pay off financially in the long term. It’s still a bit early to be talking about next year. I’ve already said that I want to do more racing and I hope that I do but who knows what is going to happen?”