Marta masters Marina Bay rain to claim first pole position of the season

Marta Garcia (CortDAO Racing W Series Team, 21, ESP) took the second pole position of her W Series career in a rain-curtailed qualifying session for the seventh race of the 2022 season in Singapore.

The Spaniard belied the worsening conditions at the Marina Bay Street Circuit to record a brilliant lap of 2:30.762. That was good enough to beat Beitske Visser (Sirin Racing W Series Team, 27, NED) by less than one tenth of a second and earn Marta her first pole since the fourth race of W Series' inaugural season in July 2019 – 1,185 days ago.

Alice Powell (Click2Drive Bristol Street Motors Racing W Series Team, 29, UK) set the early pace in qualifying for W Series' first-ever race in Asia, but last season's runner-up finished third, more than half a second behind Marta.

Belen García (Quantfury W Series Team, 22, ESP) survived a spin midway through the session to achieve her best qualifying result of the season in fourth, one place ahead of Alice's team-mate Jessica Hawkins (Click2Drive Bristol Street Motors Racing W Series Team, 27, UK).

Abbi Pulling (Racing X, 19, UK) was the last driver to get within two seconds of Marta's benchmark in sixth place, and she was followed by compatriots Sarah Moore (Scuderia W, 28, UK) and Jamie Chadwick (Jenner Racing, 24, UK).

Jamie – who has won five of the six races so far this season – holds a 75-point lead at the top of the championship standings with four races remaining and a maximum 100 points to be won. If she finishes higher than Alice, Beitske, and Abbi in Sunday's race, then title number three will be hers. But she will start behind all three of her nearest challengers in eighth – her lowest starting position since the first race of the 2021 season in Austria where she qualified in the same position.

Fabienne Wohlwend (CortDAO Racing W Series Team, 24, LIE) and Emma Kimiläinen (Puma W Series Team, 33, FIN) completed the top 10, despite the latter completing fewer laps (three) than any other driver.

Jamie was fastest in Friday's practice session, which was twice interrupted by red flags caused by incidents involving Chloe Chambers (Jenner Racing, 18, USA) and Bianca Bustamante (W Series Academy, 17, PHI). Both drivers were fit to take part in qualifying, before which Fabienne and Bruna Tomaselli (Racing X, 25, BRA) were reprimanded for offences in the pit-lane during practice.

Rain started falling five minutes before qualifying began, but the session started on time and all drivers took to the circuit on wet weather tyres. Alice was the first to cross the line, and that paid dividends as she went more than one second clear of the field after all 18 runners had set a flying lap time.

With a third of the 30-minute session gone, the rain intensified but, despite that, Marta beat Alice's time by six tenths of a second, before Beitske split that pair with a time less than one tenth shy of Marta's.

Belen spun in sector one and, as the heavy rain kept falling, the session was red-flagged with 17 minutes left. After a 13-minute delay, the session resumed, and the remaining time was reduced to 10 minutes due to the proximity to Formula 1's practice session. However, no sooner had the drivers returned to the track when the rain became heavier again and, with just under six minutes left on the clock, the session was red-flagged for a second time and brought to a premature end.

Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand (TGRNZ) is supporting W Series with the logistics required to get racing cars to F1 race weekends in the most sustainable way this year. Toyota sent 18 of its FT60 cars to be used by W Series at the third race of the season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, in May, and are doing the same this weekend when W Series is supporting the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2022.

W Series uses identical Tatuus chassis to the Toyota Racing Series, but with different engines, and the cars being used in Singapore retain their Toyota engines. Sharing cars between the two championships helps to manage logistics and enables the use of sea, as opposed to air freight, keeping the series' carbon footprint as low as possible.

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