Marta García shows her skill with two more podiums at Brands Hatch

The third round on the calendar of the W Series Esports League was the circuit of British Brands GP. 19 year-old Spaniard Marta García displayed more of the competitive sim racing skills she has been developing over the past weeks since her introduction to eSports to secure two podium positions, finishing P3 in Race 1 and P2 in Race 3. García now climbs to p5 in the overall rankings.

The narrow and technical Brands Hatch circuit demanded the best skills from the 20 drivers contesting the third round of the W Series Esports League. Marta García set an early pace in Qualifying 1, posting the second quickest lap by only one tenth of a second from the provisional pole, eventually lining up on the fourth place of the grid for the opening race.

Marta had a good start, holding her row 2 position with a faultless drive amongst some of the most experienced professional rivals at the front of the field, building up a clear gap as the race unfolded to cross the line with a well-deserved third place on the podium. A great way to begin round three!

Race 2 took place under the reverse grid on the track known as the “British Monaco”, where the challenge was going to be to avoid the predicted carnage in the early stages. Garcia pushed from the back of the grid to be up in p13. Once again, the young Spanish racer found herself a victim of another race incident with two other competitors, but she managed to salvage p16 at the flag.

Marta García put her skills to work and set the second fastest lap in Qualifying 2, completing a mega lap to hunt down the series leader. All top 5 drivers were closely-packed in less than three tenths of a second, clearly demonstrating how demanding Race 3 was going to be for the all-important points.

Starting from the front row, Marta took full advantage of her chance to lead, making the perfect move into p1 at the lights. The longest race on the program (20 minutes) was as intense as it could be, with the Spaniard maintaining her composure under the pressure of both previous race winners, as she controlled the pace in one of the most impressive races to date in the championship. Although Marta opened a strong gap and fought off the challengers in the earlier laps, García was unable to match the speed when she was passed on paddock hill. Not to be beaten, she continued to fight until a mistake from Visser left the chance to grab P2. In the overall ranking, Marta García now sits in p5.

“All I can say is that it has been great fun racing with the girls at Brands Hatch! Race 3 for me has been the best race so far of the series. So intense! I can feel the win is at my finger tip, so let’s push even more and get the job done in Brazil. Full respect for Ira and Beitske for their victories! For now, I’ll keep working hard though, as I have been, to aim for the best results in the next round.”

Round four is going to be another exciting event at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Brazil, next Thursday, July 2 at 19:00 BST. Watch the qualifying plus all three races on BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and W Series’ Twitch, YouTube and Facebook channels.