Antonie Marx recorded his career-best Mobil1 V8 Supercars finish at Zwartkops Raceway when he finished the second race from Round 2 in fourth place on April 5-6.
The result came despite the Xado Jaguar driver having to contend with mechanical difficulties and limited Friday practice time due to severe rain.
Friday’s rainfall resulted in the category abandon their first two of three practice sessions due to no grooved tyres being available. The afternoon saw one session being conducted on a dry surface with Marx showing good pace.
On Saturday morning he had to abandon his qualifying session without recording a lap due to electrical problems. This saw him lining up in 14th position and at the back of the grid for Race 1 from where he rapidly made his way into the midfield pack. A broken pipe however caused damage to the charge system and forced him to retire on Lap 4.
The TiNCo Motorsport team repaired the damage and fitted a new battery allowing Marx to compete in the afternoon’s second race. He again showed good pace and crossed the line in fourth place just behind the leading trio of Mackie Adlem, Terry Wilford and Thomas Rieb.
“A difficult start to the weekend, but at least we have reasons to smile at the end of the day” said Marx. “We came to Zwartkops with some goals to be closer to the front and we’ve done just that. Our race pace was also on par with our qualifying pace, certainly a positive to build on heading further into the season. Fortunately, we know Zwartkops quite well by now, therefore we weren’t at that big a disadvantage due to our practice sessions raining out. We have quite a gap in the calendar before our next championship race and there’s a lot of work which we’ll be conducting till then to come back even stronger.”
Round 3 of the 2019 Mobil1 V8 Supercars Championship will take place at the Phakisa Freeway in Welkom on June 7-8.
Marx would like to thank Xado Smart Nanotechnology, TiNCo Motorsport, Strado Truck and Trailer Remanufacturers, Union Propshafts and Mag Repairs for making his 2019 season possible.
Published by: Reynard Gelderblom
Picture Caption: Antonie Marx brought his Xado jaguar home in fourth place in Race 2
Photography by: Raymond Cornwell
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