Cancellation Ensures Edwards’ Championship

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Published on November 21, 1998 with No Comments

Nov 21, 1998
Hockenheim, Germany – Paul Edwards was declared winner of the Formula Opel European Union Winter Series after freezing conditions caused European Formula Drivers Association officials to cancel the final race which had been scheduled for today at the Hockenheimring.

Temperatures plummeted to minus-10 Centigrade over the weekend, and while the racing surface had thawed out a little this morning, the runoff areas were still frozen solid.

“It’s pretty scary when it’s well below freezing and you’re running single-seaters,” said EFDA boss Dan Partel. “With the runoffs frozen, the only thing that would have slowed a car down if it left the track was the wall. I couldn’t take that chance.”

Edwards, 20, from Santa Maria, Calif., clinched the title by virtue of his victory in the opening round at Donington, followed by a second-place finish in Round Two at Hockenheim aboard his Meritus-prepared Team USA Scholarship entry.

“We did the best job so I guess we deserve the title,” Edwards told the British magazine, AUTOSPORT. “I was ready to race, but if you’d gone off, you would have just accelerated over the runoffs.”

Final championship positions: 1. Paul Edwards (USA), 36 pts; 2. Darren Malkin (GB), 28; 3. Richard Lyons (IRL), 25; 4. Takuma Sato (J), 22; 5. Giuseppe Burlotti (I), 12; 6. Michael Keohane (IRL), 11; etc.

Photo: Edwards was quick in practice before officials wisely canceled the race

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