Marta Garcia scored her first W Series Esports League wins of the season at the virtual Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on Thursday to launch herself into championship contention.

The Spaniard won the first race, finished fifth in race 2 and took victory in race three. Speaking following the races she said:

I’ve been training for a few days and really dedicated time to learning Spa, so I worked hard and that’s why I was really fast. In race one I started on pole, kept myself first at the start and stayed there. Beitske [Visser] was getting closer to me at the end and even at the last corner on the last lap she tried to overtake me, but I managed to finish first so I’m very happy. In race three I started on pole again, had a really good start and just drove away. I had really good pace and built a gap to Beitske so I could win the race. I’ve been having really bad reverse-grid races so now I’m staying calmer, seeing what happens on the first lap and then trying to overtake step-by-step. That’s how I managed to get up to fifth [from last on the grid] and luckily I wasn’t caught up in any crashes.

“I’m really looking forward to the next round at Watkins Glen. I don’t know the track and it takes time, at least 10 laps, to know a new track. But to have great pace I’ll need to train for two or three days and put some good work in. It’s not impossible for me to win the W Series Esports League, but it will be really difficult. Beitske has a big lead and she is always doing good races so it will be very tough to beat her, but finishing in the top two will certainly be possible if I do a good job.”

In the opening race, Tasmin Pepper was classified in 17th while in race 2 she took victory and in the final race she finished the race in fourth and speaking following the race she commented saying:

I had a crash in race one so I had a long pitstop to fix my car but that put me first on the grid for race two. I got a great start and then just tried to maintain the gap to Alice [Powell] in second. The gap was never less than two seconds and you have to be within seven tenths of a second to get a slipstream so I was just trying to maintain that. I was probably a bit too cautious but I didn’t want to make any mistakes and out-brake myself or spin. Spa is really tough and it happened a lot in practice where I tried a bit too hard on the brakes or got on the power a bit too early, so I just kept a steady pace, enough to keep the gap and take the win. It’s nerve-wracking when you’re in front and you’re trying not to make mistakes, but I’m pleased I got first and some good points, especially as I didn’t score in the first race.

“In race three I got off the line behind Ira [Sidorkova] and the gap to her stayed consistent, but I had Sarah [Moore] on my tail so I was making sure she never got within seven tenths of a second. The girls at the front are really fast and they’re putting in the time on the sim. I can’t practise as much as I’d like to so fourth is a solid result and now I’ve just got to catch the three at the front.

“Finishing in the top three in the championship would be ideal but catching Beitske is unrealistic at the moment. She’s very consistent, winning often and in the races she’s not winning she’s still in the top five. It’s about staying out of trouble, making sure you score in every round and you never know where you’ll end up in the championship. Watkins Glen is next and it’s a circuit I’ve never driven. You can learn the basics of a track quickly but to learn the finer points and get really fast it takes a couple of days on the sim, so I’ll try my best to do that.

The W Series Esports League table after round five is as follows:

Position No Driver Points
1 95 Beitske Visser 250
2 51 Irina Sidorkova 201
3 19 Marta Garcia 181
4 31 Tasmin Pepper 147
5 20 Caitlin Wood 147
6 32 Nerea Marti 132
7 27 Alice Powell 130
8 21 Jessica Hawkins 89
9 7 Emma Kimilainen 81
10 26 Sarah Moore 78
11 17 Ayla Agren 77
12 44 Abbie Eaton 76
13 22 Belen Garcia 72
14 3 Gosia Rdest 68
15 5 Fabienne Wohlwend 67
16 99 Naomi Schiff 64
17 37 Sabre Cook 47
18 85 Miki Koyama 22
19 97 Bruna Tomaselli 19
20 55 Jamie Chadwick 18
21 11 Vicky Piria 10

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