Disappointed Martin finishes second
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.