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Marta Garcia scores big at Watkins Glen in W Series Esports League

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W Series arrive at a Virtual Watkins Glen, USA for round six of their Esports League, in a week that saw the top of the championship table taste victory and disappointment.

The series’ second trip to the USA saw the grid line up at a virtual Watkins Glen, a circuit steeped in motorsport history and was once the home of the “Formula One United States Grand Prix”.

Race One

Beitske Visser was on usual high form during qualifyin,g beating Irina Sidorkova to pole by two tenths of a second.  Visser made an excellent start to remain in the lead after the long run down to turn one.  A mistake from Sidokova on the exit of turn one allowed the chasing pack to bunch up behind her, giving Visser plenty of breathing space.  A collision between Sidorkova and Marta Garcia at the first chicane sent Visser’s only real challengers tumbling down the order. The incident added to Visser’s already comfortable lead and the championship leader’s nearest challenger, Catlin Wood, was over three seconds behind.  Despite some tussling in the midfeild, Visser remain unchallenged and took a commanding victory in the first race of the round.

Race One Result

Pos No Driver Time/Retired Grid Points FL
1 95 Beitske Visser 15:58.320 1 20 1
2 20 Caitlin Wood -6.888 3 17
3 31 Tasmin Pepper -11.119 6 15
4 32 Nerea Marti -16.295 4 13
5 44 Abbie Eaton -17.558 7 11
6 17 Ayla Agren -24.456 8 10
7 26 Sarah Moore -25.408 9 9
8 97 Bruna Tomaselli -27.484 14 8
9 19 Marta Garcia -27.764 5 7
10 5 Fabienne Wohlwend -29.088 11 6

Race Two

Naomi Schiff started the reverse-grid race from P1 and her lead was short lived as both Belen Garcia and Sidorkova quickly overtook her.  Meanwhile, championship leader Visser had made her way up from last on the grid to eighth.  As the race approached the halfway stage, a great battle between Sidorkova and B. Garcia saw Sidorkova pass Garcia for the lead.  Visser was still working her way through the field and had dispatched with Sarah Moore and Bruna Tomaselli to get to sixth place which soon became fifth as Visser capitalised of an incident between Marta Garcia and Schiff.  M. Garcia took the final podium place with a stellar move along the back straight with four minutes left.

Race Two Result

Pos No Driver Time/Retired Grid Points FL
1 51 Ira Sidorkova 16:07.545 3 20
2 22 Belen Garcia -4.466 2 17
3 19 Marta Garcia -8.519 8 15
4 95 Beitske Visser -8.634 16 13 1
5 5 Fabienne Wohlwend -11.969 7 11
6 97 Bruna Tomaselli -16.853 9 10
7 99 Naomi Schiff -24.599 1 9
8 32 Nerea Marti -37.943 13 8
9 26 Sarah Moore -39.225 10 7
10 17 Ayla Agren -40.069 11 6

 

Race Three

It was another dominating qualifying display from Visser who secured her second pole of the round from Wood in P2.  Wood made a slow start giving Visser some breathing space right off the bat.  Australian Wood dropped to fourth behind Marta Garcia and Irina Sidorkova. An uncharacteristic move from Visser who got an overtake wrong on Marta Garcia and hit the wall allowed Spaniard Garcia plenty of breathing space herself and more importanly a clear track to take a comfortable victory from Sidorkova and Wood who took P2 and P3 respectively.

Race Three Result

Pos No Driver Time/Retired Grid Points FL
1 19 Marta Garcia 21:16.958 3 20
2 51 Ira Sidorkova -4.034 4 17
3 20 Caitlin Wood -4.844 2 15
4 32 Nerea Marti -9.417 6 13
5 21 Jessica Hawkins -19.458 11 11
6 22 Belen Garcia -24.695 12 10
7 97 Bruna Tomaselli -32.915 14 9
8 26 Sarah Moore -37.422 13 8
9 31 Tasmin Pepper -59.816 5 7
10 5 Fabienne Wohlwend -1:15.798 9 6

 

On a great night for the Spaniard, Marta Garcia said; “I started fifth in the first race as my qualifying was not great.  I had a decent start and made up places but then had a crash with Ira [Sidorkova].  It was a pity because it was really close, we couldn’t do anything about it, just a racing incident.  After that I overtook some drivers and finished ninth.  In the reverse-grid race I started eighth, had a good start again to quickly get into the top five and then I managed to overtake Fabienne [Wohlwend] and Naomi [Schiff] to finish third.

In the last race I started third, had a good start and overtook Beitske [Visser] on the first lap with the tow on the straight.  She fought back and tried to overtake but she made a bit of a mistake and after that my pace was good and I could get the win.  Suzuka is another new circuit for me.  I’ve never been there before so I’m really looking forward to learning it and I will be training hard to try to get a good result.”

Championship Standings

Position No Driver Points
1 95 Beitske Visser 291
2 51 Irina Sidorkova 240
3 19 Marta Garcia 223
4 20 Caitlin Wood 182
5 31 Tasmin Pepper 171
6 32 Nerea Marti 166
7 27 Alice Powell 130
8 21 Jessica Hawkins 106
9 26 Sarah Moore 102
10 22 Belen Garcia 100
11 17 Ayla Agren 97
12 44 Abbie Eaton 92
13 5 Fabienne Wohlwend 90
14 7 Emma Kimilainen 81
15 99 Naomi Schiff 75
16 3 Gosia Rdest 68
17 37 Sabre Cook 47
18 97 Bruna Tomaselli 46
19 85 Miki Koyama 32
20 55 Jamie Chadwick 18
21 11 Vicky Piria 15

 

Round seven is at Suzuka International Racing Course, Japan, next Thursday, 23 July at 7pm BST.  You can watch all three races on BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and W Series’ Twitch, YouTube and Facebook channels.

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