Anthony Martin Completes the Mid-Ohio Sweep

Lexington, Ohio (July 31, 2016). Anthony Martin completed the clean sweep winning three races from three and now leads the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series Championship by 21 points from teammate Parker Thompson.

Martin came into this weekend's Allied Building Products USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio 20 points adrift of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teamate Parker Thompson in the battle for this year's Cooper Tires USF2000 Champinship Powered by Mazda.  Today Martin, leaves with a crucial 21-point  advantage after sweeping this weekend's triple-header in front of an appreciative crowd for the Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series main event.

In qualifying on Friday Martin put his #8 Burgess BLA car on pole position for all three races laying down the fastest three laps. In race one he led from flag to flag making an exemplary start to take the early initiative in hot, humid conditions at the scenic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Courise.  Caution flags were waved twice in the 30 minute timed race which was ended under yellow flags with Martin taking the win and the valuable championship point for the fastest lap of the race.

Race 2 on Saturday Martin carried on in the afternoon where he left off the previous day scoring a second successive victory after he pulled away from the field at the start.  A brief full-course yellow caution came out in Lap 7 and Martin maintained his lead at the restart, but the slow pace enabled several cars to challenge in his mirrors as the field jockeyed for position in Turn One allowing Martin to pull away and take the chequered flag for win 2.

Race 3 on Sunday Martin completed the first two laps of the challenging 2.258-mile track with a 1.3-second margin from teammate Parker Thompson, but he put his head down to pile the pressure on his Aussie teammate.  Martin was up to the challenge, making not the hint of a mistake and never allowing Thompson any opportunity to make a pass.  The pair traded fastest laps throughout the 30-minute contest, before Thompson grabbed it back on the very last lap.  The final margin between them was a scant 0.3101 second, but the win, once again, was Anthony Martin's.

Fellow Australian IndyCar driver, Wil Power was on hand at the end of each race to congratulate Anthony Martin, a very special moment for the young 21-year old driver from Perth, Western Australia.

The USF2000 season will conclude with two more races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, California on September 9-11, 2016.

Anthony Martin (#8 Burgess BLA-Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing): “I’m just so happy right now; happy for myself, for my team, my sponsors, my family back home – especially for my mum. I’m sure she’s so relieved right now. I did not expect to be in this position, coming into the weekend 20 points behind and coming out 21 points ahead. I knew I needed to be fast this weekend and take the pole, which I did in all three races. I couldn’t make any mistakes all weekend. I had one lock up going into the Keyhole, trying to get the point for fast lap, but I told myself to settle down at that point. I have to keep this up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the finale. Will Power has helped me out with advice over the past two years, and he knows about being consistent and staying at the front. I know Parker’s going to be hunting very hard for me, fighting me just as hard as I fought him this weekend. It’s a long way from over.”

 

 

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