Raquel Martinez WKA Manufacturer's Cup Daytona Report
Los Angeles, CA (January 8, 2010) - Raquel Martinez made the long trip out from Los Angeles, California to kick off her 2010 WKA Manufacturer's Cup campaign. After a strong showing at the SKUSA SuperNationals, the Top Kart driver was looking to kick the season off right.
Day One started with the newly named Komet Piston Port Lite (formerly HPV) where Raquel struggled with grip, qualifying in twelfth position. Up next was Yamaha Jr. Lite where Raquel qualified twenty-first. The prefinal started out rough in KPP with all of the drivers jockeying for position causing Raquel to fall victim to an on track incident which forced her back to twenty-eighth position. The Yamaha prefinal faired much better with Raquel moving up nine spots finishing in twelfth and turning some of the fastest laps of the race. Before the start of the finals Raquel was focused and ready put together a solid run to move up in the KPP final and she would do just that passing eighteen drivers to finish tenth in the short fifteen lap final; an impressive drive from the thirteen-year-old driver. Yamaha did not fair as well with Raquel finishing in fourteenth, but was determined to make up for it on day two.
Raquel qualified seventeenth in KPP Heavy, but was forced to avoid a spinning kart on her fasted lap that cost her three tenths of a second on her data. This would have put her solidly inside the top ten, which she did in Yamaha Jr. Lite qualifying ninth. Both prefinals went well with Raquel moving up seven spots to finish tenth in KPP and moving up two spots in Yamaha. Raquel was up as far as fourth in Yamaha turning the second fastest lap, but a small mistake cost her a few position. In the final Raquel continued her moves up through the field finishing sixth in KPP. Unfortunately she did not make it past turn one in Yamaha after being spun out by the driver behind her.
"It was a tough weekend, but I learned a lot to take to the next race with me," commented Raquel Martinez. "We as a team still have some things we need to work on, but I am confident going into the first Gatorz race January 22."
Next Raquel will be heading to Arizona to test with her tuner Chris Wehrheim for the start of the Gatorz Challenge of Americas series where she will be competing in Rotax Jr.