Dis­ap­pointed Martin fin­ishes se­cond

Ellenbrook Advocate - - SPORT -

PERTH rac­ing star An­thony Martin fin­ished a close se­cond in the 2017 Pro Mazda Cham­pi­onship which wrapped up last week at Watkins Glen, New York.

It was a sea­son of in­tense rac­ing for Martin, who last year won a schol­ar­ship which en­abled him to tackle the next step in Mazda’s Road to Indy pro­gram.

He and even­tual win­ner Vic­tor Fran­zoni, of Brazil, traded first places through­out the sea­son and the fi­nal run in the wet on the tricky Watkins Glen cir­cuit was any­body’s race.

But de­spite the cat­e­gory be­ing a one-make event where ev­ery car was sup­pos­edly iden­ti­cal, the Brazil­ian’s car con­sis­tently showed su­pe­rior straight­line speed.

To ex­ac­er­bate mat­ters, Martin had to start from fifth on the grid after in­cur­ring a penalty for “fail­ing to ac­knowl­edge the che­quered flag at the con­clu­sion of qual­i­fy­ing”.

“I’m very dis­ap­pointed not to take the cham­pi­onship, but I had a great time this year,” Martin said.

“To come this far and to not take the cham­pi­onship is bit­ter­sweet. The sea­son has been one big, bumpy roller­coaster.

“The 22-year-old’s ster­ling per­for­mance was noted and talks are un­der­way with sev­eral po­ten­tial back­ers for next sea­son.

Martin leads one of the heats in the Pro Mazda Cham­pi­onship.

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