Martins completes clean sweep
Luis Martins pulled off a rare feat during weekend Karting racing at Southside.
The 43-year-old driver won all three heats in the TAG (Touch and Go) Senior Class to cap an extraordinary hat-trick.
Martins has now taken the chequered flag four times this season and remains on course for a top-three finish in the points standings with nine races left before the completion of the current campaign.
“I was finally able to pull off the hat-trick and get three comfortable firsts,” he said. It’s all a bunch of fun and I am enjoying doing it.
“The motor was running sweet, the chassis was tuned in perfect and the weather was also good. I guess everything fell into place in my favour.
“It’s nice to be out front again to get your confidence built up again.”
Martins (671 points) is currently third in TAG Senior Class points standings behind leader Patrick Ingham (778 pts) and second-placed David Barbosa (739 pts). But despite making up ground on the leaders at the weekend the father of two reckons the championship is beyond his reach.
“If if we keep finishing as we are it will be close but still not enough,” he said. “I will be happy to finish in the top three.
“There have been three of four race days where I’ve had nothing but disasters.”
Martins only returned to racing last season after taking a lengthy break to channel his energy into family life.
“I have been out of the game for about ten years,” he said. “I got married and had children and so obviously life changed a bit.
“I got back into racing last season and it has been a big learning curve because the technology is a lot different than what it used to be and I am learning all that and learning how to drive again.”
Also chalking up a hat -trick of wins at Southside at the weekend was Al Seymour Jr who won all three heats in the Junior Clone Class (12-15 age group).
Seymour (773 pts) is currently second in his division behind leader Amber Lopes (854 pts).
Among the day’s double heat winners were David Barbosa and Owen DeCosta in the 125cc Shifter and Junior Clone Class (7-12 age group) respectively.
Ben Savill (566 pts) still leads the 125cc Shifter Class while Ryan Lopes (838 pts) has a commanding lead in the Junior Clone Class (7-12 age group).
Andrew Cabral (140 pts), who also drove to victory lane at the weekend, holds a comfortable lead in the Senior Clone Class.
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