As early as 13, Marta Garcia knew she could race professionally.
The Spanish driver will return to the W-Series in 2021 with the ambition to produce even better results than her fourth overall finish in the 2019 W-series.
However, when Garcia spoke with Getting a Grip F1 it wasn’t her first W-Series win that stood out in her mind. The memory that sticks with her the most was her 2015 victory at the famous Trofeo delle Industrie.
“There’s one race that will always be in my memories which is when I won the Trofeo delle Industrie,” she said.
“That was in Italy there were around 40-50 drivers [from] all over the world, it was probably only one and me so two girls from 50, and it was a really fighting race like you couldn’t know who was going to win the end of the race until like [the] last lap.
“I remember we had some nice overtaking on the last laps, I did really good on the last lap, I was able to win the race. I will always remember that race because it was amazing.
“That was the first time that a woman won this Trofeo and I was really really happy with it.”
The oldest kart race in the world is one of prestige for junior drivers.
Marta found herself in good company with F1 World Champions such as Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton winning the trophy previously.
Before emerging into the W-series, Marta Garcia competed in Formula 4 finishing ninth overall in the 2017 Spanish F4 Championship as the only female driver. Driving for MP Motorsport Garcia helped the team take out the championship.
Garcia offered some realistic inspiration to young girls who wish to get into motorsport.
“I would say if you really like it and want to do it just do it but you have to make sure you have to push yourself and make a really big effort and look for your priorities,” she said.
“Because that’s going to be your priority one if you want to do it, but obviously, if they like motorsport I would say you can be in motorsport.
“Girls can be in motorsport, and can do it, and if you want to do it. Just do it. You can do it.”
Garcia’s goal is to one day race in Formula 1, a goal if achieved she’d be the first woman since Lella Lombardi in 1976 to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix.