‘TICKED OFF’ MARTIN IN OVERDRIVE
PERTH racing star Anthony Martin has moved back in to the lead of the fiercelyfought Pro Mazda Championship in the US, with two wins from three races at the Mid Ohio circuit in Lexington. But it should have been three wins. While leading in heat 2, Martin was pushed wide as he lapped another competitor, who, perhaps not by coincidence, was a teammate of Victor Franzoni, Martin’s title rival.
The incident let Franzoni take the inside line and get past and take the win.
“I don’t like the look of that,” the TV commentator said. “It looks like a bit of team orders to me.” However, 22-year-old Martin, from Banksia Grove, came out strongly in the third heat, led all the way from pole position and added the fastest lap, finishing a solid 14 seconds ahead of Franzoni and edging back into the championship lead.
With three more races to go, it’s a close thing for a major prize – worth about $1million – to progress to the faster Indy Lights category, the last step in the Mazda Road to Indy program. Martin now holds a slender two-point lead. “I knew I had a job to do,” Martin said. “I was a little ticked off from heat 2, so I might have had a little more aggression, but I had to put what happened out of my mind.
“Pressure motivates me to do better and I think being on top makes me go faster, so I’m confident going forward.”