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David Martinez qualifies provisionally on the front row at Trois-Rivieres

16.08.2008: David Martinez qualifies provisionally on the front row at Trois-Rivieres

David Martinez had never seen the historic Trois-Rivieres street circuit in person, and up until last weekend he had not driven the Atlantic Championship cars in two years, but none of this kept him from showing his talent and speed today by qualifying provisionally in the second position for Sunday’s race.

The Mexican driver sat on top of the speed charts for the majority of the qualifying session until Jonathan Bomarito, the current championship points leader, nipped him for pole position with only one minute to go. Martinez turned his quickest time of 1m0.072s on his 20th lap.

Martinez returned to the Atlantic Championship alter two years last weekend to replace his friend and fellow Mexican driver David Garza, who suffered a training injury at his hometown of Monterrey.

Martinez currently has two pole positions to his name in the Atlantic Championship and tomorrow he will try to add a third one to his list during final qualifying which will take place at 11:35 AM Eastern time.

 

David Martinez

#7 Axtel/Tecate/Madisa

"I’m really happy that we were finally able to show our speed, last weekend we had a lot of problems with the car and even though during the races we managed to pick up a lot of positions we still didn’t achieve the results we wanted. This morning we had some problems with the brakes but the Forsythe/Pettit guys were able to fix them for qualifying, we were also able to continue improving the setup of the car.

The whole team is doing a great job, my teammate (James Hinchcliffe) is right behind me and I think that as a team we can continue improving the cars and tomorrow I have no doubt that we’ll be able to fight for pole position again.

I’m really glad to be back with the Forsythe/Pettit Team again and to be able to give them top results. I want to thank David Garza for putting his trust on me and letting me drive his car, this year he has shown great talent and speed, he has gotten better every race and he has managed to develop the car.

I am sure that when he gets back in the car he’ll be fighting at the front like we are."

 

- Toni Calderon -

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16.08.2008 / MaP

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