Ahead of the second and final leg of the 2023 Indian Racing League, Asian Motorsport spoke to Laura Camps about her car racing debut in Chennai, which saw her achieve a fourth-place finish in challenging conditions.

From a last-minute call-up to a fourth-place finish

Camps, 18, is a former member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, having previously won the 2021 edition of the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars senior shootout. She tested Formula 4 machinery whilst competing in international karting in 2022, before returning to the Spanish Karting Championship in 2023.

Called up at the last minute, Camps joined the Hyderabad Blackbirds, replacing 2023 Campos F1 Academy driver Lola Lovinfosse. Given the short notice, how did she adapt to her first-ever race in India – and in the Wolf GB08 Thunder single-seater prototype?

“It was quite challenging,” Camps began. “The track is interesting because it has a lot of fast turns, and it’s actually pretty nice. The car is not what I used to drive one year ago, so it was also a bit of a mix: new track, new country, new car, and a year out of single seaters.”

Camps: “I think it’s been a pretty good experience”

The Spaniard’s first race took place after a huge downpour flooded the track. Despite the challenging conditions, Camps kept her car on track, gaining eight positions and delivering a flawless performance against a field of international racing talents.

“I think it was pretty good, the progress was really nice,” she continued. “I was a bit taken aback for, or by, the conditions that we had to race in the race. But it was pretty good and I could bring P4 home.”

Coming from a European racing background, Asian Motorsport asked Camps about her experiences racing in India for the first time. “It’s not been difficult because it’s nice, it’s always nice to visit different countries and a different continent,” she said.

“But it was slightly a bit different from what I’ve used to. So it was quite different, the cultural stuff in here is not the same as what I’m used to – the food, the timetables. But I think it’s been a pretty good experience, and I hope to keep enjoying it!”

The next round of the Indian Racing League will take place on the 1st-2nd December 2023 at the Madras International Circuit in Chennai. The races will be broadcast on Star Sports in India and on YouTube for global audiences.

Header photo credit: Laura Camps

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