The Catalonian driver Pepe Martí achieved a seventh position in the final of the Karting World Championship in Portimao. In his debut in the OK category, Marti was the highest finishing rookie on the grid.
The Algarve International Kartodrome (Portugal) hosted this past weekend, the CIK FIA Karting World Championship. Pepe altogether with DPK Racing Team, completed a weekend of great performance after attaining a P7 out of 74 participants in what was his first time taking part in the OK category. This position, achieved after difficult track conditions, leaves him being the best rookie and the best non-professional driver in the final classification.
The Friday of free practises and qualifying was completed under varying conditions. All sessions were held in the rain or on a wet track. Marti proved to develop under such conditions what placed him second and first of his group in the first free practise sessions. A fifth place in qualifying placed him in P20 overall for the qualifying rounds.
The qualifying heats were competed in dry conditions and Marti, whose rhythm was faster within such environment, became one of the protagonists of the day after completing four heats within the top 10. The day began with a tenth position in the first round and it improved with a victory in the second. A well-deserved and worked for triumph after overtaking and gaining positions from P8 in the starting grid. Saturday concluded with an eighth and a tenth position in the last two rounds.
The rain appeared yet again on Sunday, and the conditions were key in the development of the final race. In it, Marti had a good performance, he gained positions and avoided incidents gaining a P7 and winning other drivers on track such as the World Champion of 2017, Danny Keirle; and finishing immediately behind of the 2018, 2019 World Champion, Lorenzo Travisanutto, This result placed Martí as the best rookie of his category and the highest placed non-professional driver of the classification. He was also, the second-best Spanish driver.
These results where the outcome of hard-work, dedication and persistence. Marti came from being fourth – out of more than 110 participants – in OKJ in the edition of the 2019 World Championship held in Alahärmä (Finland). In that edition he was the best Spanish driver of the event and he achieved the second highest global position in the qualifying heats. In 2019, he was also proclaimed as the winner of the Spanish Championship in the Junior category.
With this performance, Marti says goodbye to the world of Karting and continues progressing as a driver and establishing himself as one of the talents to keep in mind as we look at the future of Motorsport. His fast and precise driving technique, as well as his humble, determinate and hard-working attitude are key to his future projection and has led him to become the official driver of FA Karting School and driver of some of the most prestigious factories within the world of Karting, as is the case of Tony Kart during 2018 and 2019.