Hanro of Switzerland backed driver Jade Edwards overcame a difficult weekend riddled with technical issues at Yorkshire’s renowned Croft circuit (8/9 September), to impress on her final outing as the Ma5da MX5 Championship came to its conclusion.
Edwards, the 22 year-old daughter of former Renault Clio Cup Champion and ex BTCC racer Jim Edwards Jnr, impressed in qualifying to line up for the final three races of the season in fourth, third and fourth places respectively.
The first race of the weekend saw Edwards get away well off the line to immediately jump Rich Puddle to third as the pack of one-make Mazda’s entered Hawthorn for the first time.
Maidenhead based Edwards pushed hard, but failed to compete with the front two as set-up issues from Friday’s test session continued to haunt her, eventually leading to a switch in tactics as she looked to defend her position tirelessly.
Despite her best efforts, Edwards was eventually forced to concede third as a nudge at Sunny In forced her wide, demoting her to seventh position at the chequered flag in the excursion.
Race two saw Edwards make her second textbook start of the weekend, allowing her to place a challenge on Ben Short on the outside of the Jim Clark Esses during the opening stages of the lap.
Edwards was able to maintain second position for the first half of the race before clipping the barrier on the left hand side of the Jim Clark Esses, bending her steering in the contact, leaving her to nurse her Mazda MX5 home in fifth position.
Race three would prove to be a struggle for Edwards, after damaging her steering in race two, leaving the team unable to repair the issue fully.
A solid start saw the youngster snatch third position from Rich Puddle at Tower after making a typically good start to place herself hot-on-the-heels of the front-runners over the first lap.
Edwards chance to add to her podium tally for the 2012 campaign was soon cruelly taken from her grasps as clutch issues halted her charge. Despite her best efforts, Edwards conceded three places to finish the race in sixth position.
“Considering all of the issues that we have had this weekend, I think that we have earned a lot of respect over the course of the weekend,” said Edwards.
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself this weekend and the door-to-door racing was brilliant. My aim now is to establish myself in a front-running team for next year to allow me to compete for the championship.”