Dominant win in Bathurst counts for Marta García

The 19-year-old Spanish athlete started the W Series Esports League event at Mount Panorama in great form with a dominant win in Race 1 and was able to recover from troubled races, adding some valuable points to the standings where she currently ranks second.

The challenging road track of Bathurst is more prominently known for the Australian V8 Supercars series, but this week it hosted the eighth round for the 19 drivers of the W Series Esports League. The tight downhill section and close walls demanded maximum concentration for these ladies. In Qualification 1, Marta García was following the pole-sitter closely, pushing to improve the 0.240 gap, and ended up a close second, although she had a small incident before the end of the session.

However, when it came to the first race, García demonstrated her winning mentality and domination when she exited the first corner in P1, taking the lead and increasing the gap ahead of Beitske Visser from 0.5 to 3.2 seconds when she took the chequered flag. Caitlin Wood was Third.

In the reverse grid race lead by Ira Sidorkova, Marta García had to manage most of the race with a damaged front wing, which luckily did not prevent the young driver from making some impressive moves, and fight her way from P18 to P6, right behind the championship leader.

Marta García demonstrated excellent pace in Qualifying 2, where the Spaniard and the Dutch racers constantly swapped their chance for pole position. After Visser and García were set to start on the front row for Race 3, the longest of the event, the Sirio Academy driver took the lead again with 18 minutes to go! However, the Spaniard lost control of her F3 car and had to resume in P10. Again, Marta demonstrated her mental strength with some epic moves on ‘The Mountain’, even taking two rivals at once in the late stages of the race, where she earned her 5th place. A mistake from Wood gave her yet another position, thereby finishing 4th after setting the fastest lap of the race.

The Spanish driver remains in second position overall in the series with 323 points, increasing the gap to P3 with 6 more races to go in the closing two rounds.

W Series Esports League will head to another great circuit, Nordschleife, next Thursday, August 6.

Marta García: “Mixed feelings for me in this round. A great win in Race 1 though! I was able to recover well in both the following races and make the most of them to still be in the fight for the W Series Esports championship. It looks like it will be hard to catch Beitske Visser, but I’ll do my best to practice in the Sim and be ready for the next drive at the iconic Nordschleife in Germany.