Pepe Marti ends his Asian season with another great victory, starring in a spectacular race from fifth position.
The driver from Barcelona leaves Abu Dhabi with a boost of confidence, and looking forward to starting his second season in FIA Formula 3.
"It's a great joy because today was more complicated than last week and anything can happen from 5th position. We managed to do a great race and I'm very happy because that's what I wanted. I wish I could have done it in the rest of the races, but we leave here wanting more."
Pepe Martí ended his Asian season with a victory at the Yas Marina Circuit, a track that put the finishing touch to the Formula Regional Middle East 2023. The young driver has added his second victory, in a competition that he has not done in its entirety, but that has served him to fight much more in the world of single-seaters, and, above all, in the fight for the front positions, as happened this Sunday in one of his best performances.
It was in the second race of the last round of the championship, when Pepe Marti was fifth on the grid, and at the start and after the first turns he managed to overtake two rivals with spectacular overtaking.
He had a great pace, which allowed him to overtake the rider in second place halfway through the race, preparing for the fight for victory with the rider who was leading the race. The fight has been intense, and in a pairing has hit a curb and the car has jumped into the air. Fortunately, the car was not damaged and Martí recovered his strength to try new attacks, which allowed him to overtake and lead the race until the end, obtaining his second victory of the season, after the one he obtained last week in Dubai.
Pepe Marti was fifth at the start, after finishing sixth in the first race of the weekend, which gave in reverse order, the position of the top ten in the next race. From eleventh place at the start, the Spanish driver made a great comeback, and despite a broken wing due to a collision with another driver, he managed to qualify in sixth place.
"It has been one of the best races I've done so far: good start, overtaking two drivers on the outside, then I made another overtake on the outside but in this one I was half thrown off the track and at the same time I gained the position, I lost it. I managed to overtake with a good maneuver and then we had a nice fight with the first rider. After several attempts, I found a gap to overtake him and win".
"It's a great joy because today was more complicated than last week and anything can happen from 5th. We managed to do a great race and I'm very happy because it was what I wanted. I wish I could have done it in the rest of the races, but we leave wanting more."
"In the first race on Saturday, we had a lot of speed, I started from eleventh on the grid, and we made a good start. I placed ninth, and we could have gone forward, but I had a contact with another driver who made a dangerous maneuver and broke part of my front wing. We finished the race with a broken wing and lost a lot of pace. The only thing that saved me was that having lost the wing, I could run a lot on the straight and I could more or less defend myself from the cars behind. Even so, I had to defend myself with teeth and claws and we were able to finish 8th, which after several penalties ended up being a 6th place, being able to score some points".
In the last race of the Asian season, Pepe was 11th on the grid. On this occasion, he had a tough fight with his rivals to improve positions, and despite a collision with another participant, he managed to finish 10th and score points once again.
The Movento driver was regularly among the top ten of the competition and finishes seventh with 79 points in the overall standings without having participated in all the events. Pepe Marti's good performance in the last meeting of the Asian Regional Formula comes after the encouraging tests in Bahrain, in his preparation for the Formula 3 season, which he will carry out with the Campos Racing team.