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AUSSIE ANTHONY MARTIN is just seven points from the 2017 championship lead after his win in the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Road America, near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
He trails Brazilian Victor Franzoni 174-167, as the Road to Indy series heads next to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a triple-header July 29-30.
“Gaining points is the biggest thing,” said Anthony, the #8 Mazda/Burgess BLA-Cape Motorsports driver. “I got a really good start and I kept that gap for a good while until the safety car came out and bunched everyone up. I just had to put my head down and my bum up and really focus on the road ahead of me and not behind me.
“We’ll go back and work on a few things to find some speed and be ready for Mid-Ohio.”
Anthony qualified P2 for Race one and finished second behind Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzini, who leads the title charge. After securing pole for Race 2, Anthony beat a battling Victor in a thrilling dog fight.
Proud Mum Lee-Anne Martin, watching at home in Perth, said: “It was intense. Victor had to start last on the grid after missing quali. He came from last to third within three laps, before a yellow flag bunched up the field behind the pace car. But Anthony wasn’t giving up and the fight was on for first place. Two more yellow flags and then it was a one lap dash – with Anthony taking the win.
“It was an extremely tense race, Adrian. We were all screaming at the tv (thank goodness we have no neighbours close by or I’m sure the police would have been called thinking a murder was taking place!).”