Quali one didn’t go to plan; the wrong tyre choice hindered lap times and added to a minor ‘off’ towards the end of the session, leaving Ed in a dismal ninth place. The team soon fixed the bike in preparation for quail two, only for the heavens to open and completely wash out the session. Despite this misery, second place championship contender ‘Peter Sutherland’ qualified twelve, leaving gap for Rendell to make an early advantage. On Sunday the team made slight changes to the bikes set up including a fresh set of ‘fan’ funded tyres. Rendell’s lap times instantly improved making him the fastest 125 in morning warm up.
The weather refused to improve all weekend and took a turn for the worse as the lights went out and the 125’s and Moto3’s set off for the final race of the season. The downpour being so treacherous, race control red flagged the race with less than one lap complete. The Racesafe Marshals brushed off the standing water and thankfully had the track ready in 15minutes. The rain continued to pour however it was declared safe enough to race and the bikes went out to complete a shortened eight lap race. From the off Rendell gained places managing to keep in front of Peter Sutherland and within reaching distance of Arnie Shelton. However Sutherland meant business and put in a pass on Rendell. Not wanting to finish third in the championship Rendell managed to overtake both contenders, placing him second in the race. Disaster struck for both contenders when they crashed out on the fourth lap, fortunately Rendell was far enough ahead to avoid both crashes, however aquaplaned and crashed out on the sixth lap. Initially Rendell thought he had thrown away second place in the championship, however with all contenders now out of the race, points remained the same and Rendell went on to finish the 2013 125GP British Championship in second place. To date this is Rendell’s best achievement, despite all the injuries received in previous seasons.
RETURNING FROM INJURY
'Well what a season! Returning from injury I certainly wasn't expecting to finish second in the 125GP British Championship. It hasn’t been an injury free season, however I didn’t break any bones, which certainly helps!
The team had a wonky weekend at Brands Hatch; I fell off in both quali and the race, however Shelton and Sutherland also fell off in the torrential rain, preventing any championship movement. The team is pleased with my performance and hope I ride for them next year
The support this season has been incredible. I have built a strong fan base using the Twitter network and hope to build on this before next season. I would like to send a special thank-you to all my fans that financially contributed to my success, Banks Racing for putting such a fantastic bike beneath me and finally my manager for all his efforts. Follow @edrendell12
Time to talk 2014.. I cannot overlook my injury free achievements this year and hope to return to the British Superbikes next year. However this wont be possible if I cannot gain an official bike sponsor! I work 12-hour shifts to pay for my racing, however this doesn't cover everything, hopefully a business sponsor will come forward to join my on track success'
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