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Garcia takes her first W Series win at Norisring

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Marta Garcia converts pole position into her first win in the W Series at the Norisring.

Round four of the W Series saw Marta Garcia take a lights to flag victory, her first in the championship.

In the early stages of the 30 minute plus one lap race, Beitske Visser looked to be a challenge for Garcia, however wasn’t able to close down the gap enough.

Visser finished the race in second after gaining three places on the opening lap from fifth. She was able to break away from championship leader, Jamie Chadwick but over the closing laps Chadwick closed the gap down and put herself in a position to challenge for second place. Chadwick remained third.

There was a battle in the closing stages between Fabienne Wohlwend and Emma Kimilainen. Kimilainen returning after missing the last two races from an injury picked up at round one. Wohlwend was able to hold onto fourth from Kimilainen.

Miki Koyama dropped back from the leading five, and finished sixth, ahead of Sabre Cook and Tasmin Pepper.

Esmee Hawkey moved up six places to take ninth place, with Naomi Schiff rounding out the top ten.

In the early stages of the race there was a collision between Sarah Moore and Shea Holbrook when Moore lost the rear of her car going into turn one and collected Holbrook. Holbrook picked up a puncture whilst Moore later retired from front suspension damage.

Holbrook picked up a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Rdest was another who received the same penalty as for speeding in the pit lane. Rdest picked up damage to her front wing in the opening lap, and pitted for a new nose.

Alice Powell had recovered from the back of the grid up to eighth place, but a fuel pump failure with less than 10 minutes to go saw Powell out of the race. On the same lap Jessica Hawkins also retired from the race.

With just two races to go Chadwick leads the championship by 10 points from Visser. The win today moved Garcia up to third, 23 points behind Chadwick. Wohlend is fourth and Powell fifth.

W Series returns in two weeks’ time at Assen, The Netherlands.

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