Brand Value Rises With Another Win

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Just two rounds in to this year’s British Super 1 Championship, and already Ed Brand is shaping up to be a serious contender for overall honours at the end of the season.

The CRG Dark Knight driver took his second victory at the spectacular Rowrah circuit in Cumbria last weekend (25/26 April).

pic - Chris Walker/Kartpix

Brand was too hot to handle in Timed Qualifying and duly posted the fastest lap to secure pole position for his two eliminatory heats. The first of which he won comfortably, crossing the line over two seconds ahead of his closest rival.

A tougher second heat saw Ed just pip the third-placed driver by four one-hundredths of a second - but it was enough to secure the number one position on the grid for the first of Sunday’s two finals.

“The circuit has been resurfaced recently, making it much smoother and faster - but almost impossible to set the kart up perfectly for prior to racing. I was fortunate that my kart felt very good from the word ‘go’ and again in the final, it was ballistic,” Ed explained.

Although he was chased hard, Ed romped to a dominant win – his second of the campaign.

“Once I’d survived the opening corners, I was quickly able to get my head down and open a gap. With everyone fighting hard behind me, that gave me the opportunity I needed to make the break.”

However, there is a phlegmatic saying in the sport to sum up the unexpected lows, ‘that’s motor racing.’ As the field streamed out of the pits and onto the undulating Cumbrian circuit, Ed discovered that his engine had developed a mystery gremlin.

“It just wouldn’t run properly at all. I think something in the carburetor had broken and I had to quickly return to the pits to see if my team could fix it. Unfortunately, in the few seconds they had available before the start, nothing could be done and I had to get out of the kart and become a spectator.”

He added, “I sulked for a few minutes, but then got over it. I’ve had three podiums out of four, so we’re going quite well - but I’m 5th in the points now and this shows that consistency will be crucial over the rest of the season.”

The Super 1 Championship next visits Buckmore Park, in Kent (13/14 June) where Ed will be hoping that another strong performance will put him top of the table.