Championship hopes dashed

2013-12-09 09:17:19.2

It was a disappointing end to what has been a fantastic year as Eddie's title chances came to a painful end when he was pushed into the tyre wall at the first corner and out of the race. It had shaped up to be a classic final with all four championship contenders qualifying in the top four. Sadly, Guy Holliday was also cvaught up in the first corner carnage, which handed the championship to Parmveer Nijjar.


Saturday produced the first wet race of the season. Normally quick in the rain, Eddie was feeling confident before the start of the race. Declaring himself happy with the setup of the kart, the team elected not to make any changes prior to qualifying and this proved a wise move as Eddie qualified a stunning second out of the 31 entries - the best starting position yet and only five hundredths of a second behind pole sitters, RBB Economics.

The team also nominated Eddie to start the race and he made a good start to maintain second place behind the flying Pete O'Connor for the opening few laps before inevitably dropping behind the likes of Essex TT and Steel London.

The team maintained a natural position of between fifth and seventh throughout the entire race. A solid and mature drive from all three drivers with no spins or mechanical failures saw the trio of Hall, Alex Withington and John Emerson secure their best result of the season so far with 5th place. Eddie was satisfied with a job well done after the race.

"It just shows what we are capable of when we get our act together. Obviously my qualifying on the front row of the grid helped us maintain good track position all day, and of course the conditions played into our hands but it was a good team performance and all the guys did a fantastic job."

Eddie's day didn't end there either. Whilst performing his journalist duties in the afternoon, he was invited by Paul King to do the final stint in the Intermediate race for PK Sports.


With the championship fight hotting up, a good result was imperative at the Northamptonshire circuit. Three great qualifying heats that comprised two second places and a third (from allocated grid slots of 7th, 15th and 5th) netted Eddie third on the grid. Main rival Parmveer Nijjar secured pole with outsiders Lee Kemp second and Guy Holliday fourth.

Starting on the grippier side of the wet circuit, Eddie made a great start to follow leader Nijjar into second going into turn 1. His race and his championship aspirations were ended just inches later as he was hit up the back by the group of karts behind and launched into the tyre wall along with Guy Holliday.

Although managing to get going again, Eddie pulled into the pits on lap 3 and left the circuit.