Marta García delivers a solid performance in COTA by taking her first podium in the W Series Esports League

The second round of the newly launched W Series Esports League took the racers to the modern Circuit of The Americas where the 19 year-old Spaniard athlete Marta García achieved her first virtual podium of the season in Race 1, after a solid lead during the opening laps. García is now 7th in the overall ranking.

A total of 20 drivers were contesting Round 2 of the W Series Esports League, with the first virtual visit to the US at the technical Circuit of the Americas. After her debut on the iRacing platform in Monza last week, Marta García set an early pace in Qualifying 1, posting the third fastest lap.

The Spanish driver had a great start in Race 1, took the lead and opened up a 0.7 second gap with Visser and Martí hunting her down. García later lost her position to Visser, but defended her second place and scored some valuable points with her first virtual podium in the W Series Esports League.

Chaos reigned in Race 2 which took place under reverse grid. Italian Vicky Piria took the lead from the start ahead of Tomaselli and Agren. Marta García had a good opening lap, going from last row to p13! Unfortunately, she was (yet again) taken out of the race by another driver with 10 minutes to go, with Emma Kimilainen taking her second victory of the season.

Marta García posted the fifth best laptime in the second qualification, with Tasmin Pepper setting pole for Race 3. The Spanish racer had a poor start, but kept fighting until the end, and with clever driving and well-placed moves, managed to take back most of the positions lost, allowing her to finish 6th. Again, Beitske Visser put in a solid drive to win her fourth race so far in the Esports series, extending her lead in the overall standings ahead of Ira Sidorkova.

With 24 of 30 races to go and 600 points yet to win, García is in 7th position in the closely-matched field.

Marta García: “I had a very good first race, achieving my first podium position after putting in some consistent laps in the lead, which demonstrates we’re moving in the right direction. As in every series, consistency is key! There’s still a long way to go and we’re wrapped in 6 points from p3 to p7, so let’s keep our heads down, practice and head to Brands Hatch next week!”

Round three is scheduled next Thursday, June 25 at the UK venue of Brands Hatch at 19:00 (BST). Watch all three races on BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and W Series’ Twitch, YouTube and Facebook channels.