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Bianca Bustamante bags maiden F1 Academy win

The Filipino racer dominates the entire Valencia race

The first of many wins to come for the Filipino racer. PHOTO FROM F1 ACADEMY

While all the buzz in open-wheel racing right now is around Formula 1, we also shouldn’t forget that we have Bianca Bustamante representing us in the inaugural F1 Academy season.

We should all be proud of her as she nabbed her maiden victory in the second race of the season at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. Despite finishing fifth during the weekend’s first race, that didn’t stop her from seizing the pole position for the second race.

Bianca Bustamante managed to hold onto her lead from start to finish against charging rivals. PHOTOS FROM F1 ACADEMY

Despite Léna Bühler’s (ART Grand Prix) perfect start that allowed her to get past Chloe Chong (Prema) for P2, Bustamante managed to hold her off, even after a safety car had closed the pack together after the first lap. She finished seven-tenths of a second ahead of Bühler, with Hamda Al Qubaisi (MP Motorsport) finishing third.

While she may still be fifth in the standings with 38 points, this first win is definitely a milestone in her career, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her take even more victories in the races to come.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.