Holbrook, Cook among final 18 drivers confirmed for W Series

Holbrook, Cook among final 18 drivers confirmed for W Series

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Holbrook, Cook among final 18 drivers confirmed for W Series

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After four days of on-track action, during which the 28 drivers vying for a place on the W Series grid completed 3,000 laps of the Circuito de Almeria in Spain, the final line-up has been announced. Two Americans — Shea Holbrook and Sabre Cook — are among the 18 women representing 13 nationalities who are set to race in the first all-female single-seater racing series; four more have been nominated as reserves.

By Wednesday morning, W Series Racing Director Dave Ryan was confident he had seen enough to rubber-stamp the first 12 drivers to go through to race, which meant that W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir, could communicate the good news to them. That allowed Dave to allocate extra track time to the remaining drivers so that they could show improvements to their handling of the W Series Tatuus F-318 Formula 3 car. Ryan was then able to make the final selection, which was announced to the drivers by David Coulthard, W Series Advisory Board Chairman.

Now the cars will be taken back to the Hitech GP base at Silverstone and be prepared for the forthcoming test at Germany’s Lausitzring on April 14-16.

“This has been a more difficult selection process than we ever could have dreamt of in terms of how close it has been across the field,” related F1 veteran Coulthard. “The rate of learning has been really impressive to see, and that’s absolutely what we need to see in those who have relatively little experience in single-seaters, but have got natural speed.

“The emotion attached to it has got nothing whatever to do with whether they’re male or female. It’s just that, having had the pleasure of being a professional driver, I know how privileged that is, and I sincerely want all of them who have gone through this process to have professional racing careers at whatever level their talent will allow them to go to. This represents today one big step closer to them realizing that dream, and I think everyone at W Series can be proud of their contribution to putting these racers on track, who just happen to be women.”

Added series director Ryan:

“We’re at the end of the driver selection process and it’s been tough on a few of the women, but to be honest the ones that have gone through have done a really good job over the four days in Almeria.

“That’s the end of one part and the start of another. We’re all happy, although obviously a couple of the women are disappointed, but that’s sadly how it is and they have just got to keep trying.”

The W Series racing season gets under way at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit on May 3-4.

The following 18 drivers will race in W Series:

Jamie Chadwick, UK
Sabre Cook, USA
Marta Garcia, Spain
Megan Gilkes, Canada
Esmee Hawkey, UK
Jessica Hawkins, UK
Shea Holbrook, USA
Emma Kimilainen, Finland
Miki Koyama, Japan
Sarah Moore, UK
Tasmin Pepper, South Africa
Vicky Piria, Italy
Alice Powell, UK
Gosia Rdest, Poland
Naomi Schiff, Belgium
Beitske Visser, Netherlands
Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein
Caitlin Wood, Australia

These are the four reserves:

Sarah Bovy, Belgium

Vivien Keszthelyi, Hungary

Stephane Kox, Netherlands

Francesca Linossi, Italy

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