Ben Edwards and Max Marzorati have both described their clash when contesting the lead of the first race of the latest Champion of Brands meeting as a ‘racing incident’.
Formula 1 commentator Edwards, competing in his Van Diemen RF92, had led the meeting’s opening race from pole while Marzorati, starting second in his RF01, dropped to third behind Conor Murphy on the opening lap.
Marzorati was then able to pass Murphy and close the gap to Edwards and at half distance attacked on the inside into Paddock Hill Bend, at which point contact was made and Edwards spun into the gravel, retiring instantly.
Matt Rivett would later pass Marzorati and take victory and with it the title of Champion of Brands, while Marzorati finished runner-up.
Neither Marzorati nor Edwards received a penalty for the incident.
Despite retiring from the lead, Edwards was circumspect over the clash. “It was a racing incident,” he told FF1600website.com.
“I think I pinched him and he didn’t bail out… I don’t have any hard feelings and I regret pinching. I should’ve just left him a bit more space.”
Former Renault Clio Junior racer Marzorati agreed with Edwards on the incident. “I think it was a racing incident,” he told FF1600website.com, “by the time I got alongside him, I didn’t think he expected me to get alongside that quick.
“It was one of those.”
Neither car was damaged and both drivers took part in the second Champion of Brands race later that day, wherein Edwards finished fourth despite starting last and Marzorati finished second just 0.001s behind double-victor Rivett.