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Life of a Professional Racer Episode 4

 


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During the Hungary 2008 GP, Sean Edwards was in that exact situation. Just a few races ago, he has made great progress by reaching the podium several times and also clinching a few wins too. So coming into Hungary, spirits were high and confidence was booming for both driver and team.

The week-end got off to a great start with Sean ending up in 7th during practice as the car and circuit adapted very well. But during qualifying, the team didn't get the desired set up thus relegating Sean down to 16th for the starting grid.

"We thought we had it dialed in during practice but somehow in qualifying that just wasn't the case for us so we'll just try to do our best in the race. " Sean Edwards expressed as he prepared for the race ahead. Learning to look at the positive side of the situation during an unexpected poor performance is critical especially when the event is not over. If Sean Edwards had given up after qualifying and didn't try to make the best of his situation, he may not even have wanted to start the race on Sunday as the chances of podium looks so bleak.

The team, not letting this bad start dampen their spirits worked hard all night to prepare the cars which paid off as Sean got off to a great start in the race making up around 4 places off the line! Sean then made his way past a few cars and that's when he started attacking Armindo, unfortunately for Sean, Armindo kept blocking him and closing the door. Armindo braked a bit early at turn 12 and Sean tried to take advantage of this by diving to the inside. But that proved to be a race ending mistake. Sean explained later "I tried to avoid contact by going over the curb, but that just launched me into the side of him and put me out of the race with broken suspension. "

Learning from this important lesson, Sean has accepted that sometimes things like this do happen. Drivers will never give way and you'll be stuck in the situation so every overtaking move must be well calculated before executing it. But instead of blaming Armindo or his own overtaking move, Sean has decided to focus on the race ahead in Valencia as Hungury would be a weekend that the team will like to forget.

" I can't wait to go to Valencia to start the race and score a good result. I do admit Hungary wasn't the best race of my career, but that is not my concern now as learning from my mistakes and making process is what i'm more interested in. " With a never say die attitude, Sean looks ahead to the coming race with excitement. With just 1 more week to go, drivers and teams has been intensively testing and trying on new set ups and prospects look good for Valencia to score another podium.

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