Two third places and a fourth podium for Pepe Martí in the Formula Regional Asian Championship.
The Spanish driver continues to stand out in the Formula Regional Asian Championship and this Saturday signed his fourth podium, in the penultimate round of the championship.
Martí maintains the second position in the overall drivers' standings, with five races to go, and closes the gap to the leader.
In the morning QP1 Martí finished in third place, which would put him on the second row of the grid for the first race. In QP2, a small mistake left him out of the leading positions and he obtained the ninth place, position that would serve him for the third race on Sunday, while in the second race he would start eighth on the inverted grid. At the start of the first race, he finished third, only 0.050 thousandths of a second, and so he signed his fourth podium in Asia, finishing ahead of the championship leader.
Sunday, with two more races to go, was a bit tricky, starting from the back of the field: eighth in the second race and ninth in the third. However, Marti's potential and talent came to the fore, making great comebacks to close the day with a new podium.
In the first race on Sunday Martí started eighth on the reverse grid. With a great pace he approached the leading positions and overtook the two drivers who were fighting for fourth place. In the end, he crossed the finish line just 0.247 thousandths of a second off the podium, with a hard-earned fourth place, which would have allowed him to take the podium with one more lap to go.
In the second race, ninth on the grid, he made another great comeback on old tyres, studying his rivals and overtaking them at the right moment. The young driver used the tyres in a spectacular way and reached the front positions to give us a beautiful battle and take third place. Pepe took a well-deserved podium.
"I am very happy with the result. It was one of my best races so far because I had a very good pace. The car was going very well and I felt very comfortable in general. We had better pace than drivers with new tyres, so we are happy with how the weekend went. In the end, two third and a fourth place, I think that was probably the maximum we could have got. It was a pity about the first race today, because I could have had another podium, but it's still good points. We are looking forward to Yas Marina. We were able to extend the gap to third place. The leader is a little bit behind us, but as I said from the first day, the objective is to keep learning", concluded the rookie of the category.