Tim Martin, whose Porsche GT3 was involved in the much publicised incident that saw Dean Fulford’s car vault the safety fence in the opening Porsche GT3 race at the Pukekohe V8 Supercar meeting is trying to put the negative aspects of that incident behind him.
He is focusing on securing a fulltime drive for next season.
“I had a good run there last year, and managed to secure a one-off drive in a 2001 car," he said. "On lap four (of the race at Pukekohe) I made a clear move up the inside but he (Fulford) pulled right and squeezed me so I had nowhere to go. We touched under the bridge and about 30 metres after that I was into the wall."
Fulford’s Porsche was extensively damaged, but Martin said the damage to his 2001 car, competing in the Battery Town GT3 Cup Challenge, was mostly to the panels.
“I took part in the full series two years ago, but since then the dollars have become more of a challenge," he says. "I managed to put his package together (with Barkers Men’s Clothing and Control 4) because the V8 Supercar meeting is attractive to sponsors.
"I’m looking at a couple of other series that may be more cost effective in order to race next season, but Porsche GT3s is where I’d really like to be."
Martin raced in the recent Southern 300 at Ruapuna sharing a car with Mike Morton. Their GT3 qualified on the front row, but the team got caught out in the varying conditions and Martin had to race on a wet track on slicks for almost an hour.
Martin is now involved in extra fitness preparation and working with a sports dietitian so that he is fully prepared for the Nurburgring 24 hour race on June 17-18. “My ultimate goal is to compete at Le Mans, so to race at (the) Nurburgring is a really neat challenge and the chance of a lifetime," says the 23-year-old.