Marta Garcia makes a comeback to racing, takes P3

Podium in the first W-Series race ever in Hockenheim

- 1st W-Series Race 1st Podium for Marta Garcia
- the eighteen-year-old shows Impressive racecraft
- Continuous improvement throughout the weekend

Marta Garcia of Valencia (ESP) scored her first podium finishing in third place in the first ever race of the newly founded W-Series in Hockenheim (GER) on May 4th. The eighteen-year-old (youngest in the whole W-Series field) came back from a one-and-a-half-year hiatus of racing cars and made more of an impact than even those, who had previously seen her racing and knew of her talent, had reckoned with.

It was an even bigger surprise, since the first sessions of the weekend had not looked as promising as the final result. In the free practices she was still searching her pace, but in the qualifying she showed the first hint of what was yet to come: she started into the race from P5.

After the conditions during the 2nd practice and qualifying had been challenging the racers with downpours and temperatures dropping as low as 5 degrees, the race itself took place on a mostly dry Hockenheim circuit. Garcia showed racecraft from the very beginning, she managed to win two positions within the first few laps. When the grid restarted behind the safety car she left no chance to her opponents attacking her and even managed to close the gap to Powell in front of her.

During the podium press conference, she emphasised, not only how important the initiative of the W-Series is to her – and to women racing in general – but also just how well put-together the whole program is, speaking her thanks and respect to the whole team around Catherine Bond-Muir (CEO W Series) and Matt Bishop (Communications Director, W Series).

Being asked what her take away from this race to the next in Zolder (BEL) May 16th-18th would be, she answered plainly that it would be more or less the same as it had been up until now: a lot of work in the simulator as well as analysing her previous steps, including the Hockenheim race; the goal being to find time to make up in order to be faster from the beginning of the race weekend and ultimately to fight for P1.