Ottawa, ON – It was a hot, hot weekend in Toronto! The Mark Motors Racing Team heated it up even more with a successful performance this weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto races. Zach Robichon finished in first place on both days of racing, bringing his podium-topping streak to five. Roman De Angelis finished in second place on Day 1, but fell down to 5th place on Sunday after an aggressive move ended with locked-up tires and a forced pit stop.
This season Robichon and De Angelis pushed one another throughout every race. Race 1 was no different, with Zach and Roman opening a substantial gap between them and the rest of the pack. The two drivers had a near identical fastest lap at 1:13:12 and 1:13:16, respectively.
“It’s been a few years coming but I’m proud to have finally stood on the top step of the podium at the Toronto Indy. The atmosphere in the downtown setting makes for a feeling like no other,” said Zach. “A weekend sweep was extremely well deserved and I am glad to have been able to help keep the 2018 unbeaten streak for Mark Motors. A new track record in qualifying, two wins and two fastest laps on race weekend is something the entire team should be extremely proud of.”
The Mark Motors team was also successful in the Master’s class, with Alumni driver Perry Bortolotti once again standing at the top of the podium after a weekend of spectacular racing in Toronto. "It was great to get back in the Mark Motors Racing Cup car for the iconic streets of Toronto Indy race” said Bortolotti. “The Team did an extraordinary job preparing the car over the weekend. We saw extreme temperatures both outside and inside the car that made things challenging. Despite the conditions I could not be happier with the back to back Masters wins. It puts us second place in points close behind first, so a couple more wins could secure the championship. Looking forward to getting back in the car for the GP3R races and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park final race weekend.”
On Day 2, Robichon again put down a flawless race while De Angelis faced some adversity. “I had to try and make a move early on knowing I need to be able to get in front to have a chance of winning and gaining the needed points. I made a move early and got passed by Remo, I knew I had the pace to get by him quickly and did so. The next lap I went for a pass on Zach and maybe that was a bit too early but I clearly had the pace to do it and went for it. Unfortunately, I totally locked up and flat spotted the tires and had to pit.” Though the pit stop dropped De Angelis to last place, he went on to display some impressive driving, battling back from last place all the way up to 5th.
“Wow! The team was on fire this weekend. We couldn’t be happier with the performance of our drivers at one of the most exciting race weekends of the season,” said Liza Mrak, Executive Vice President, Mark Motors Group. “The Mark Motors team demonstrated their excellence over two days of racing and the results speak for themselves. Zach, Roman, and Perry have been working hard to continuously improve over the season and we are proud of their success. Marco Cirone came out in his gold car and got noticed in the field of Platinum cars.”
Stay tuned and follow Mark Motors Racing for their next race weekend taking place in Trois-Rivières from August 10-12, 2018.
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Date Posted: July 19, 2018