Charlie Martin tops best result of the season in Lamborghini ST at the Glen
Charlie Martin kept momentum at the third round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and claimed a pole position and a podium in class - topping her best finish of the season to date as she moved into fourth place in the championship standings.
At the third round of the 2022 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, British racing driver Charlie Martin scored another pole position and her second podium in the LB class, as Martin and teammate Jason Keats are now fourth in the championship standings.
Martin is contesting her first season in the Lamborghini one make series and, at her series debut at Laguna Seca, had an impressive recovery drive to finish third in class, setting the fastest lap of the race in the LB Cup. At NOLA, second round of the season, she made headlines once again, claiming her first pole position and yet another fastest lap.
"I'm feeling confident heading to Watkins Glen and both Jason and I are excited to get the weekend underway.", Martin said before the race meeting.
"The track is legendary and seems to be a favourite amongst a lot of the drivers so I can't wait to get my first taste of our Lamborghini around there. We've shown great pace so far this year, so the aim is to score some big points and get ourselves back in the championship fight.”
And Keats and Martin did keep momentum after the two 50-minute races in support of the Sahlen 6 Hours of the Glen: in her qualifying session Charlie Martin topped the LB Cup timesheets and took pole position, while Keats was fifth fastest in his session, which set the starting grid for Race 2.
At lights out, the #54 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO 2 driven by Charlie Martin led the class field, as she battled with Am entries. On lap 12, Martin pitted from the class lead and eighth overall, handing over to Keats.
With a clean second part of the race, Jason Keats held on and crossed the finish line in first place, preceding the #38 TPC Racing entry of Scott Schmidt. Unfortunately, a penalty for a pit stop that was 0.4 seconds too fast would demote Martin/Keats to second place, ahead of the NTE Huracan of Fred Roberts. The result still represents the best finish of the duo this season to date.
In the second race of the weekend, Jason Keats took the start from 5th place and, after a caution in the early stages of the race, he would hand over to Charlie Martin on lap 10.
They would finish where they started, after a second Safety Car neutralization freezed the action in the final five laps of racing.
Flying Lizard Motorsports' Slade Stewart took the class victory, preceding Scott Schmidt and Levy/Hirshberg.
With another strong result at Watkins Glen, Charlie Martin and Jason Keats advanced from fifth to fourth in the LB Cup championship standings, having collected 48 points. They sit 13 points behind Ofir Levy and Jon Hirshberg.
“I'm really pleased with how our weekend at Watkins Glen went", Charlie Martin said.
"Pole position, a podium finish, and fantastic pace all around. In race one, we led our class from start to finish, only a penalty for a pitstop that was 0.4sec too fast saw us moved to P2 after the chequered flag - but we were both stoked to get our best finish yet in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo!"
"It was so hot in the car but we both pushed through to get on the podium. P5 in race two was a solid result to end the weekend, now we are fully focussed on continuing the form into Road America at the start of August."
Martin's next outing in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America will be on 5-7 August, on another iconic circuit: Road America.