Marta Neves is a pilot from Porto who represents the female class in a world that traditionally associates the practice of this modality almost, exclusively, with men. The passion for motorsport comes from an early age, but at the time, the competition was left for the bike rides he made at the door of the factory that his father owned or for rolling car races between the corridors and furniture that would be inside the warehouse.
She learned to drive at the age of 13, but it was Artur Ferreira, a longtime friend, who, knowing his passion for driving sports cars, introduced her to José Janela, considered one of the best Portuguese navigators. His first opportunity came in February 2006 at the debut of the Montelongo Rally, in Fafe, in a VW Polo. He has never stopped since. Drove a Citroen Saxo in the Lançosport team, passed Fastbravo in a Peugeot 2016 GTI and, with this, won the title of National Open Rally Champion in 2009 and was consecrated in the IV Rally de Gondomar.
Reconciling sporting and professional life has never been easy, which forced her to break, until, in 2013, encouraged by Capela Morais, she participated in the Rali Cam (Braga Circuit) in a Peugeot 306 GTI. According to Marta Neves, the “pet was reborn” and, in 2014, made the Inter-Municipal Championship for Team Baia, where he was runner-up. In 2015, he bought his own racing car and won the X1 Asphalt Rally Cup Champion.
As a pilot and woman, Marta Neves found that potential sponsors do not always know that there are female pilots practicing the sport. However, he managed to prove his worth, which earned him the support of brands such as Lumitec, Clínica Sete Caminhos, Jorge Amorthantes and Casa Matias cheeses.
At the end of the day of training in Fafe to prepare for the Santo Tirso race, the driver confessed that the rally she most liked to do was the Rally Gondomar É D`Òuro, in Lomba, and that the car she most liked to drive, if had a chance, it would be the Citroen DS3 WRC.