Top Ten Finish for David Martinez in Australia, Second Top Ten in Two Starts Surfers Paradise, Australia -- October 21, 2007 -- David Martinez proved today that he is ready to compete at the front in Champ Car regardless of the lack of...
Top Ten Finish for David Martinez in Australia, Second Top Ten in Two Starts
Surfers Paradise, Australia -- October 21, 2007 -- David Martinez proved today that he is ready to compete at the front in Champ Car regardless of the lack of experience that he has compared to the rest of the field and the fact that he hadn't been in a race car for a year. In what is considered the toughest track of the season, Martinez completed a successful race in which he managed to pick up many positions and finish tenth. Martinez now has two top tens in his only two starts in the Champ Car World Series, last year he finished ninth at his debut in Mexico City.
The Mexican driver started 17th and immediately was lapping faster than the cars in front of him. His first pit stop came on lap 10 when he was already up to the 13th position. The stop was a slow one due to a mistake by Will Power and Team Australia that sent the Australian out of his pitbox early right in front of Martinez, the two cars touched but fortunately without causing any damage to the #7INDECK car.
For the rest of the race Martinez and the Forsythe Team concentrated on an alternate pit strategy which unfortunately was affected when Sebastien Bourdais and Oriol Servia came out of the pits with cold tires in front of the rookie slowing his pace. Despite the interruption the 25 year old kept fighting and pushing hard and managed to bring the car home in tenth place.
David Martinez #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone
"I'm really happy, it was a difficult race but all the hard work I did over the weekend really paid off. It was a complicated weekend but I never stopped pushing and during the race I found myself racing for position against drivers that have a huge amount of experience and at a pace very close to Paul Tracy so I'm very satisfied with my performance. It's only my second race in Champ Car and my first this year and I achieved another top ten, we have two top tens in two start in this series and I think that speaks very highly of the consistency and speed that we have. The problem in the pits with Will Power was just a racing incident, his team told him to go just as I was coming in and we touched. I feel bad because this was a very important race for him but his team made a mistake and I'm just glad that my car wasn't damaged.
I leave from this weekend with a lot of enthusiasm, I would've liked to qualify farther ahead but it was a very good race and I have a lot of confidence for Mexico. I think I will be able to give my fellow countrymen a great result."