08 Aug Martinez gets best ever finish with #TeamFortec at Snetterton
Last weekend the team travelled to Snetterton to take on the 2.969-mile circuit for rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the British F4 Championship. The weekend commenced under bright and dry conditions with two practice sessions which enabled Fortec’s two drivers to refamiliarize themselves with the eight-turn track.
The first practice was particularly strong for the Brazilian driver Roberto Faria as he finished the session third fastest with Mariano Martinez being twelfth. However, Martinez was quickly able to improve upon this finishing tenth at the end of the second practice with Faria eighth.
Qualifying followed on the Saturday with slightly cloudier conditions with Roberto completing the laps with consistent, solid times which enabled him to start sixth on the grid just half a tenth of third. Whilst Mariano was eleventh, however, a disqualification for Browning meant that his position was promoted to tenth.
Saturday ended with race one which proved to be a thrilling race for the Snetterton crowds with Faria finishing seventh despite valiant efforts to challenge for the position ahead but still earning him a second-place rookie win. Martinez finished in thirteenth respectively.
Sunday began with race two where Martinez quickly gained a position whilst unfortunate Faria slipped back into ninth after a poor getaway out of the box, later being able to excel up into eighth. Martinez gained three more positions on the track as the front back tripped over each other. This excellent pace only continued as Roberto garnered two more places up into sixth with the Mexican driver following him through gaining another place up to seventh. The last 5 laps saw Roberto and Mariano apply constant pressure to Arden’s Alex Conner and Double R’s Louis Foster as the four cars were tucked up each other’s gearbox going into the final lap. The race culminated in Roberto maintaining P6, another P2 rookie podium. Whereas Martinez finished P7, making it his best ever race finish; an accolade the team were very proud of.
The weekend ended with race three with the opening laps placing Mariano in eleventh and Roberto in ninth. However, as the race continued Martinez gained two places but was unlucky to fall back after being stuck at turn 2 by a chasing car. Mariano crossed the finish line in tenth with Faria finishing eleventh for the team.
The drivers and team respectively look forward to the race weekend at Thruxton in due course.