What’s next for Anthony Martin?
Aussie Racer Falls Short
IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES when you finish second in an event, it may well be a bummer and a disappointment but you’ve still scored a podium.
Not quite the same though
when the race is the Road to Indy Pro Mazda championship final
with the winner walking
away with a $1million scholarship
towards a seat in the 2018 Indy Lights series.
Kalgoorlie’s ANTHONY MARTIN
just couldn’t find the pace that his arch rival, Brazilian VICTOR FRANZONI,
had at the weekend’s shoot-out at Watkins Glen, in New York State.
The Martin family
travelled to the US from Perth. “There was pretty much nothing Anthony
could do to keep up with Victor
,” Mum Lee-Anne
said. “First race on Saturday Anthony
qualified 2nd and finished 2nd. He made an amazing pass
on the opening lap and held the lead for 12 of the 16 laps. But when Victor
did pass he just drove away from Anthony
like he was standing still. So frustrating!”
Race 2 was a wet one
managed to get to 3rd by the first corner and tried his best on several occasions to get past Carlos Cunha
but just couldn’t get the pass done in the wet conditions. VF
drove away and the victory was all his.
(and all of us) are just gutted,” Lee-Anne
said. “He gave it all he had
– and then some. But the Juncos car
just had that much more pace and we really didn’t stand a chance. He did the best
with what he had to drive, simple as that.
“As for next year, which everyone is asking, we just don’t know. Obviously the scholarship money was the plan to move
forward into Indy Lights, so without that we have to try and fund his racing somehow. For the moment
we need to regroup, take a breath and start discussions with several teams
about next year.
“When we have something sorted,
if anything, we’ll let you know, Adrian.”
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