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Martin Brothers Rise in the Sport of Karting in Northern California
Etna, Ca- Martin Brothers Isaac and Matthew from Etna California joined the sport of karting about three years ago with an itch for adrenaline. The boys started training at their home track Southern Oregon Karters based in Medford, OR. The town of Etna is just 80 miles from Medford, with the second closest Karting facility in Shasta Ca, 122 miles from the boy’s hometown. 2011 was the first year for the boys to travel the touring Championship of the IKF Region 11 Elite series . Their home track of Medford was involved in a three track series which included Shasta and Reno Nv. With the conclusion of the IKF series, both Isaac and Matthew are looking to expand their competition to the Central valley and compete in the Gold Rush series gaining experience and racing with Norcal’s best racing competition.
Overall, traveling for Martin Brothers Racing is about 2600 miles for the IKF Series and about 3000 miles for any of the Gold Rush Series tracks in the Central Valley (Atwater, Monterey, Stockton, Dixon, Davis and Sacramento). Both Isaac and Matthew have learned the important essentials of kart racing building confidence, responsibility and patience. The boys have grown to become great racers who go above and beyond performing as good drivers. Both drivers pick up trash at every track they attend and run water to track workers. They always have a smile no matter how the day turns out.
11 year-old Matthew, is the youngest brother with only two years of racing in karting and drives the No. 55 Top Kart Mini Magnum machine. Matthew competed in the Jr 1-2 Cycle division and captured runner up in the IKF Elite Jr 1-2 Cycle championship Points and currently sits third in points at his club. In 2010, Matthew finished fourth in the championship at Southern Oregon kart club. “Matthew is a real people person and he loves to meet new karters” says Jay Martin, father of both Isaac and Matthew. In addition to racing, Matthew loves spending time outdoors performing activities like hunting, fishing, camping, target shooting and swimming. Matthew has completed a hunting safety course this past year and is excited to start hunting. Along with all of his outdoor talent, Matthew has a great singing voice and has been known to sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies for some of his own races.
12 year-old Isaac Martin with only three years of karting experience, has seen success each year , driver the No. 18 Top Kart Flash. In 2009 Isaac finished third in the championship at his club with five main event wins. 2010 The Top Kart driver improved more by finishing runner up in the club championship with an additional five main event wins. Isaac captured the IKF Region 11 Elite Jr Super Sportsman Championship and currently sits second in the Jr Sportsman points at Southern Oregon Kart Club. In addition to the love of racing, Isaac is an enthusiastic outdoorsman as well. Isaac loves to fish, hike, camp and even ties his own flies for fishing. Isaac is quite the young entrepreneur with his own business in selling handmade fishing flies and spinning lures.
Martin Brothers Racing just finished racing their biggest race the IKF 2 Cycle Grand Nationals at Cal-Speed, Fontana gaining valuable racing experience. Next event for the team is the Norcal Gold Rush held at Stockton Kart Club, September 4th. As the only karters from the Siskiyou County, they continue to thrive and become great competitors. The drivers will shift into 2012 gearing up for the new Norcal WKA series, and continue with attending their home track Southern Oregon Kart Club. Martin Brothers Racing would like to thank their current Sponsors and Partners, without them the boys wouldn’t have been able to travel to other Northern California series: Siskiyou Aviation, Martin’s Experienced Items Etcetera, Talbots Toyland, Etna Brewing Company for Old Fashioned Root beer, JB Mining Co, Brian and Carletta Martin and RMG Race Media Group. For more info on Martin Brothers Racing visit www.MartinBrothersKartRacing.com