Omar Martínez

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Omar Gurí Martínez (born January 1, 1966 in Rosario del Tala, Entre Ríos Province) is an Argentine racing driver. He currently competes in Turismo Carretera, TC2000 and Top Race V6. His nickname Gurí is a common Guaraní term used in his hometown to refer to a young boy.

Career[edit]

Martínez started his career in domestical Formula Entrerriana in 1983, being vice-champion in 1985. Then he passed to Argentine Formula Renault. He clinched back-to-back both 1990 and 1991 Championships before joining the competitive Formula Three Sudamericana, where he was runner-up in 1994.

Back to Argentine series, he started racing in Turismo Carretera and TC2000 in 1995, representing Ford in both championships.

In 1997, he crowned himself as Top Race champion by winning to Juan María Traverso in the final race. Traverso and himself were team-mates in 1998 TC 2000 season driving Hondas, and Martínez got his first title in that series.

Nevertheless, Gurí could not become Turismo Carretera champion until 2004, being four times vice-champion from 1999 to 2002. He has held since racing duels with drivers as Guillermo Ortelli and Traverso.

Career[edit]

  • 1983–1986: Formula Entrerriana
  • 1987–1992: Argentine Formula Renault (1990 and 1991 Champion)
  • 1992–1994: Formula Three Sudamericana
  • 1995: First race in TC2000 and Turismo Carretera (TC)
  • 1996: 5th in TC (Ford Falcon) and 3rd in TC2000 (Renault 19)
  • 1997: Top Race Champion (Honda Prelude), 5th in TC (Ford Falcon) and 7th in TC2000 (Honda Civic)
  • 1998: TC2000 Champion (Honda Civic), 6th in TC (Ford Falcon) y Top Race runner-up (Honda Prelude)
  • 1999: Top Race (Honda Prelude), TC2000 runner-up (Honda Civic) and TC runner-up (Ford Falcon)
  • 2000: TC runner-up (Ford Falcon), Top Race champion (Honda Prelude-BMW 320) and TC2000 (Honda Civic)
  • 2001: TC runner-up (Ford Falcon) and TC2000 (Honda Civic)
  • 2002: TC runner-up (Ford Falcon) and TC2000 runner-up (Honda Civic-Toyota Corolla)
  • 2003: 4th in TC (Ford Falcon), Top Race (Peugeot 406) and TC2000 (Toyota Corolla)
  • 2004: TC Champion (Ford Falcon) y 6th in Top Race (Ford Focus)
  • 2005: TRV6 (Ford Mondeo) y 6th in TC (Ford Falcon)
  • 2006: 4th in TC (Ford Falcon) y TRV6 (Ford Mondeo)
  • 2007: 4th in TC (Ford Falcon) y 6th in TRV6 (Ford Mondeo)
  • 2008: TC, TRV6
  • 2009: TC, TRV6, TC2000

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sergio Solmi
Argentine Formula Renault Champion
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Norberto Della Santina
Preceded by
None
Top Race V6 champion
1997
Succeeded by
Juan María Traverso
Preceded by
Henry Martin
TC2000 champion
1998
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Silva
Preceded by
Juan María Traverso
Top Race V6 champion
2000
Succeeded by
Guillermo Ortelli
Preceded by
Ernesto Bessone
Turismo Carretera champion
2004
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Silva
Preceded by
Guillermo Ortelli
Top Race V6 champion
2006
Succeeded by
Emiliano Spataro