Marta Garcia is third at the halfway point of the W Series

Following the opening rounds in Hockenheim, Germany and Zolder,Belgium, Marta Garcia arrived to a very summery Misano in Italy this weekend for round 3. The 18-year old again showed her consistency, adding some valuable points in the debut season of the W Series to be third in the general classification.

After attending various press events and completing a simulator session on Thursday, she was well prepared for the two free practice sessions Friday.

Marta Garcia drove some quick times in the initial free practice session, missing only two-tenths of a second from the fastest times being posted.

In the second free practice, she became the victim of a technical issue in just the second lap. The timing belt was torn by a stone, leaving Garcia to have to turn off her Tatuus F318 with the engine smoking.

On Saturday, despite seeing error messages on the dash, Garcia qualified in seventh position. Not the ideal situation, given the short amount of track time and the extra pressure of graduating from school together with a race weekend, she successfully managed to limit any losses.

In the afternoon race, the young Spaniard made a solid start and although she could not match the pace of the front-runners, she finished sixth in the third race of the debut season of the W Series. This puts Garcia up to third place now overall on the championship points table at the halfway mark behind current W Series leader Jamie Chadwick and the round 2 winner Beitske Visser.

Marta Garcia

“It has not been the best weekend of the season and losing the 40 minute practice session on track was not the ideal situation. In qualifying, I had some electrical problems and in the race the car had a lot of understeer, but I finally managed to adapt my driving to be able to keep my closest competitor behind me, gaining a second per lap in the final stages. Now, I have to face one of the most crucial moments for my future, to do my university entry exams. After this, I will be able to focus 100 percent on the series.”

The next race will take place on July 5-7 at the historic Norisring street circuit in Germany.