GEARED TO WIN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

TWO young Perth driv­ers made a big im­pres­sion at In­di­anapo­lis last week with third and fourth places in the USF2000 race on the 3.9km, 14-turn Grand Prix cir­cuit at the famed US race track.

An­thony Martin (20) started from sixth on the grid and quickly moved to third for an­other podium fin­ish, while Luke Gabin, also 20, came in fourth, 2.6 sec­onds be­hind Martin and just 0.8sec ahead of Chi­nese star Yufeng Luo.

It was Gabin’s best re­sult in USF2000, a class he moved into af­ter win­ning the Skip Bar­ber Mo­tor­sport schol­ar­ship late last year. He drives with Team Pel­frey and Martin is with John Cum­miskey Rac­ing.

Martin, who emerged as the lead­ing rookie in the popular Mazda-pow­ered open-wheel cat­e­gory, had an emo­tional walk to the iconic 105-year-old venue’s place of hon­our.

“To be stand­ing up on the podium where so many fa­mous driv­ers have sprayed the cham­pagne, and to be able to spray some my­self was such an unimag­in­able feel­ing that I hon­estly can’t de­scribe,” he said.

“I stood and cel­e­brated in the very same spot where his­tory was made at one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious race tracks. It was just such an hon­our.”

The next USF2000 round is on May 23, also at In­di­anapo­lis, but on a tight 1.1km oval cir­cuit – left turns all the way.

Bill Buys

An­thony Martin in the pit area in his USF2000 racer.

On the podium at Indy: An­thony Martin (right) with Nico Jamin and Aaron Telitz. Be­low: Luke Gabin.

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