The season reached its halfway point at Ellough Park and Eddie was keen to score a good result to keep his sprint championship hopes alive. In the endurance series, he and his Galliard team mates were also looking to consolidate their 6th place in the Premier championship.
Chris Hoyle qualified the team 11th on the 34 strong grid. The top 20 were covered by less than a second, once again demonstrating the closeness at the top level.
Sadly Chris then got bumped down the order at the carnage at the start. The team called him in as soon as the fuel window opened and Eddie was sent out in clear air.
It took Eddie a few laps to get up to speed but once he did, he enjoyed a battle with RBB’s Simon Young, an on track duel for position that would last for much of the race.
Paul Williams maintained the good form for the middle stint. All 3 drivers were their usual consistent self and made no mistakes on their way to 8th in class. Eddie gave his views after the race.
“It wasn’t the best result but I think it was about as good as we could hope for after the start we had. The field is so close and it’s difficult to make up ground. The kart was okay today. Not as quick as some of our rivals but I had no real complaints with it.”
Eddie was aiming for a podium finish leading up to this race in order to keep himself in the championship fight. He did himself no harm by securing his first pole position of the year after some impressive qualifying heats.
Unfortunately he never even got a chance to lead the race. The second place man, Jonny Goddard, jumped the start and then Eddie got swamped off the line. It soon became apparent that his kart had a serious problem and he fell back through the field even further.
“It was my own fault. I wasted a perfectly good pole today. To be honest I didn’t feel all that quick during the heats but I drove well and was obviously happy with the pole. Not for the first time this year I messed up my race by not getting the kart sorted in practice. It didn’t feel all that bad so I left it. It wasn’t until the race started that I realised just how awful it was. Then I got pushed off the road going into the last corner and drove through those lego blocks. That just compounded my misery really.”
Eddie eventually struggled home in 16th place – his worst result of the year. He now lies 4th in the championship.