Though Auckland-based NZ V8s racer, Tim Edgell, says he never felt he was right in the groove all weekend he came away from the Teretonga NZ V8s round with ninth overall and improved his series placing
Edgell qualified the Chesters Ford Falcon fifth, 0.151 of a second off pole position, but in race one he was knocked off the circuit on the opening lap, recovering to finish 15th.
Edgell was one of several drivers caught in pitlane changing from dry to wet weather tyres when officials closed the pit exit before the start of race two on Sunday.
Race winner, Craig Baird, who had made an early switch to wets when rain began falling pre-race, was one of only nine drivers to start from the grid. The rest had to start from pitlane, in Indian file.
"We were unlucky to get the red flag in the pits and have to wait,” Edgell said. “We nearly made it out on to the grid.” The only moment of brightness was that he was at the head of the queue and worked his way up to finish fifth.
He started the final reverse grid race mid-pack and passed several cars on his way to ninth place, and now runs `12th on points and within touch of the top 10 with two rounds to run
"We had good speed but it was hard (using) it through the traffic,” Edgell said. “People were making it hard.
“It's strange, we never felt in our groove all weekend and yet we were just a fraction off pole position (and) in race two we were as good as anyone."