Martin Sonka is sitting at the top of the World Championship standings after his race win in Porto, and is in the best position with only two races to go in the 2017 season.
Sonka has had a changeable season. He started in the best possible way, with a win at the first race in Abu Dhabi, he then lost his Round of 8 heat in San Diego. He followed that up with two Final 4 performances before heading to Kazan, where he had his worst result of his season, so far. He lost his Round of 14 heat to François Le Vot by 0.158s.
He was very disappointed with his performance in Russia, but as he is taking this season race-by-race, he was able to focus on Porto and not dwell on his mistakes. He started the race weekend with a seventh place finish in Qualifying and was not satisfied. "I wasn't happy with Qualifying," explained Sonka. "But I reset my mind and came prepared for the race."
Being able to refocus meant Sonka was able to be cool and collected in the track. He flew three very similar times and won the Porto race ahead of Pete McLeod by 0.113s. "The win was a big positive and the whole team are taking the positives from Porto," said Sonka, who was modest about being top of the standings. "I'm not in a bad position for the next two races; it's going to be an interesting end to the season."
After his win, Sonka allowed himself a little reflection on his season before his focus turned to the two remaining races. "I thought winning in Abu Dhabi was going to be the best feeling of my career, but I can now say that the second win feels even better. It's not something you get used to. It was amazing to win in Porto with such a huge crowd and it's a very special moment in my flying career."
Sonka knows that looking back won't win you championships and made sure his feet were back on the ground quickly and turned his attention to the Lausitzring. "We've lost a lot of points in the last three races, before Porto, which wasn't good. I feel we're in a better position, I'm now flying consistently," he said. "This season we've always just taken it race by race. So we will stay with this strategy until the end of the season. There are still a lot of points on the table but lots of things can happen. The only thing we can do is focus on the next race and collect as many points as possible," he concluded.
Sonka will be looking to get the better of his 13 Master Class rivals at the Laustizring on 16-17 September. Tickets are still available, get yours HERE.