Stellar job by Marta García in Suzuka

19-year-old Spanish driver Marta García added two new victories and one fourth position in the reverse grid race at the Suzuka event of the W Series Esports League, and moves up to P2 in the overall standings.

As the 100% female virtual F3 series progressed to week 7, so did the Spanish athlete Marta García, demonstrating to be the one making immense improvement in the W Series Esports League. Following a superb drive in all three races, the Valencian scored 56 points, her best result in the championship, taking second position in the overall standings as it heads into the final three events.

The Japanese Formula One circuit, with its fast corners, slow chicanes and iconic 130R required full commitment from the 19 drivers participating in this event.

In Qualifying 1, Marta García set the pace from the first minute, taking the provisional pole, but Beitske Visser improved enough for P1 by less than two-tenths of a second. Marta was immediately pushing from the start in the opening race and showed no mercy when the Dutch driver opened the door. Russia’s Irina Sidorkova, provisional runner-up in the W Series Esports League, had some contact early on, giving Marta extra motivation to secure the win and get closer to Visser in the points. She opened up a good gap, but Visser was far from surrender. Marta was doing a mega job defending her position, but Visser surprised the Spaniard in an incredible move. However, Marta fought back with some splendid driving to regain the lead in a real drag race to the chequered flag.

Marta García achieved her best result in the reverse grid race to date this season: with a fourth place, and the biggest reward, the result allowed her to step up to second position in the overall points. Starting from the last row, she was able to open her path to the frontline by totally focussing on the goal, being patient and avoiding the carnage in the midfield. It was an impressive effort by Marta!

Qualifying 2 was another close battle between Marta García and Beitske Visser for pole, with the Spaniard initially 0.01 seconds faster than Visser. By the end, a perfect lap put the Dutch racer at the front of the grid. The final act in Suzuka proved to be another dual won for Marta. The Spaniard hunted Visser and passed her on the outside at 130R to take the lead. Visser’s front wing was damaged in an attempt to regain P1 in the next laps and the Dutch lost some ground, while Marta García delivered and locked in the win by more than seven seconds and with the fastest race lap. Most important, Marta has secured the second position in the W Series Esports League standings.

Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst (Australia) will host round 8 next Thursday, July 30 at 19:00 BST.

Marta García: “I’m delighted to be in second position in the series after Suzuka. It’s been my best result in all races so far and I have to thank Sirio eSports and my physical trainer, Dani Ortengo, for this also. I have great respect for Beitske! What a battle and great fun we had racing in Japan! Catching her in the lead will not be an easy task, but nothing is impossible.”