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Martin struggled with “last-minute” set-up decision at wet Brands

A “last-minute” set-up decision left BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 points leader Ross Martin on the back foot in the opening wet Brands Hatch race.

The Team Dolan driver started the race from fourth, and struggled on the opening lap in the wet conditions. He fell away from the lead fight and then had a self-inflicted spin at Druids, dropping him to 14th.

Martin recovered to 10th, allowing his title rivals to close the gap at the top of the standings.

“We weren’t really set up for the wet,” Martin told FF1600website.

“It was a last minute decision and I don’t think we had the best set up.

“I apologise to the team [for the spin]. It was my fault, but I kept it on the track at least and came home with 10th place. I don’t know how many points that is but I guess its not a DNF with zero points.”

Martin continued to push forward through the weekend’s two remaining races, and was pleased to take a victory after an “intense” battle with his title rivals in race three.

After starting sixth, Martin quickly came through to take the lead and built up a gap of almost two seconds before two late safety car periods bunched up the field again.

“It was intense and I had a lot of pressure at the end, but I managed to hold the guys off and it’s nice to come home with a win.

“Today has been up and down. Sixth position was good in race two but it’s nice to come back with a win.

“I had a good start and got past just before the yellow flag situation and the safety car. I maximised the gap but it was cut short. We had five minutes added on and another safety car.

“I knew I had to press ahead of me. It’s hard to pull away here and the times are so close, a few tenths difference. I knew I had the pace in the car, it was just a case of maximising that.”

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