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Seventh place finish for David Martinez at Road America Race 1

10.08.2008: Seventh place finish for David Martinez at Road America Race 1

David Martinez finished seventh in the first of two races of the Atlantic Championship at Road America after starting 11th. The Mexican driver became the star of the show after pulling off some daring passes on the outside at Turn 1, and by passing two cars at the same time in the breaking zone for Turn 5.

Martinez and the Forsythe/Pettit Team found some speed on Friday morning but since then they have had problems adapting to the changing track conditions and have not been able to find the correct downforce configuration for their #7 Axtel/Tecate/Madisa Atlantic Car.

Both Martinez and teammate James Hinchclifffe, who is the championship leader, have battled with loose race cars in qualifying and during today’s race. The weekend’s second race will take place Sunday and Martinez will start from the 11th position after setting a time of 2m0832s in qualifying.

David Martínez

#7 Axtel/Tecate/Madisa

"I’m very happy with my performance during the race today, we definitely didn’t have a very good car but I managed to pass a lot of cars and I had a lot of fun. Today we achieved the best possible result, but for tomorrow we really need to work on the car.

The backend keeps stepping out which makes it very tough to keep up with the leaders, I had a really big moment at the carrousel and almost lost the car, I managed to save it but lost a position because of it. We also need to work on our downforce levels because during the race it became very obvious that we had too much wing, even if you got through a corner better than the car in front of you they would pull away on the straights.

Tomorrow we are starting a lot farther back than we would like but today I managed to pick up a lot of positions and I know that if we keep working on the car and find a little more speed we can achieve an even better result."

 

- Toni Calderon -

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10.08.2008 / MaP

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