Gritty drive earns podium on new team debut
Formula K Europe’s faith in the abilities of Super One champion Ed Brand was rewarded as he delivered a much-deserved 3rd place at Whilton Mill.
Defending Super One and Kartmasters champion Ed Brand demonstrated the potential of the Formula K chassis with a stirring drive from tenth on the grid to an eventual podium last Sunday (29 January).
It was Brand’s first competitive outing on the Italian-made kart and since renewing his partnership with engine tuners, HRS.
Race day started brightly with an encouraging 2nd place in the opening heat. Ed’s fortunes took a temporary nosedive in the following race, but a superb drive in the third heat saw him lift his team’s spirits as he carved his way from 26th to 8th to take a fifth row start for the A final.
Passing four karts in the opening lap, Ed steadily edged his way up the order and by mid-distance was 3rd. Despite the leading pair being comfortably ahead, Brand remorselessly hunted them down – setting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate tour. On this occasion, he had to settle for 3rd albeit that a higher finish looked almost certain had there been more time.
“This is a great result for me, the team (Protrain), HRS and of course, the Formula K chassis. Although I couldn’t take the win on this occasion, I feel that we’ve done enough to prove that it’s not a case of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The Formula K is a pleasure to drive, is nicely balanced and allows the engine to deliver its power smoothly.”
He added, “We’ve had a positive start to the year and I have great expectations for the forthcoming season.”
Keep up to speed with Ed and his racing career by visiting www.edbrandracing.net