RAQUEL MARTINEZ WKA NEW CASTLE REPORT "Raquel continues busy summer" Whittier, CA (August 16, 2010) - Going on her fourth straight weekend of racing Raquel Martinez headed to New Castle Motorsports Park...
RAQUEL MARTINEZ WKA NEW CASTLE REPORT
"Raquel continues busy summer"
Whittier, CA (August 16, 2010) - Going on her fourth straight weekend of racing Raquel Martinez headed to New Castle Motorsports Park for the fourth round of the WKA Manufacturer's Cup. Raquel competed in Yamaha Jr. Can Lite and Heavy along with Komet Jr. Lite and Heavy. The weekend's events started bright and early Friday morning with practice, and Raquel was one of the fastest drivers throughout the day in both Komet and Yamaha.
First up on Saturday was Komet Jr. Heavy and Raquel qualified in third position. In Yamaha Jr. Lite the team missed the setup and Raquel ended up ninth. Starting in the third position for the final, Raquel was hit off the track in turn two and was forced to retire from the race. After an incident in the pre-final, Raquel drove a great race in the Yamaha final, avoided many wrecks, and worked her way up to fourteenth position turning lap times as fast as the leaders while passing karts every lap.
On Sunday the team hoped to rebound from the previous day. In Komet Lite Raquel qualified in sixth position in a very tight, thirty-five kart filled field. In the final Raquel got off to a good start, but lost the lead group after a hard battle for position on track. In the end she won the battle for the final podium position in fifth place. Qualifying in the twelfth position in Yamaha Heavy, Raquel knew she could move forward in the races and succeeded by finishing in the sixth position in the final.
"This was a tough weekend especially after how well practices went," stated Martinez. "We showed our speed all weekend, but unfortunately did not come up with the result we had hoped for. The Top Kart and P1 engines were great all weekend and I cant thank everyone enough for all of their support."
In one week's time Raquel will be traveling back to Italy to compete in the opening round of the WSK Masters Series at the Circuito di Siena with Top Kart - Comer in the KF3 category.