Chadwick wins inaugural W Series race at Hockenheim

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Chadwick wins inaugural W Series race at Hockenheim

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Chadwick wins inaugural W Series race at Hockenheim


British driver Jamie Chadwick, 20, claimed victory in the opening race of the new W Series at Germany’s Hockenheim circuit. The polesitter had to cope with strong opposition from the 17 other drivers in the first race of the first  single-seater series for female drivers only, but she mastered the tricky conditions in what was a closely fought opening round to the six-race competition.

Very wet conditions in qualifying provided a challenge for all the W Series drivers, but Chadwick was at the top of the time sheets for most of the 25-minute session, Fabienne Wohlwend, from Liechtenstein, claimed the other front-row starting position and another Briton, Sarah Moore, started third on the grid.

Weather conditions improved by race time, and Chadwick made a perfect start to lead the field; however, a brake issue for her at the hairpin gave Moore a window of opportunity to steal the lead. Later on the opening lap, a collision at Turn 6 resulted in Megan Gilkes and Emma Kimilainen retiring and the safety car being deployed so that their damaged cars could be moved out of the way.

After the restart, Alice Powell surged up from sixth to P2 to form a Brit-versus-Brit-versus-Brit battle at the head of the field. But Chadwick stayed cool out front while Spain’s Marta Garcia came through to third by the checkered flag.

“Going into the race, the conditions were tricky which made things a bit more difficult,” related Chadwick, “but off the back of qualifying and the back of yesterday, I really was pushing to get the first win.

“Losing the lead to Sarah caught me out a bit. I couldn’t get the car stopped at the hairpin and had a bit of an issue where I couldn’t get down the gears but, when the safety car went back in, I knew I had a good opportunity get the lead back and win.”

Behind that three-way battle there were some impressive gains through the field, including Tasmin Pepper, who drove from 16th to eighth and Miki Koyama, who moved from 17th on the grid to seventh at the flag, not only setting the fastest lap of the race but the second-fastest too, just 0.001s slower than her best.

No. Driver Nationality Laps Time Difference
1 55 Jamie Chadwick GBR 18 32:59.079
2 27 Alice Powell GBR 18 33:00.408 01.329 01.329
3 19 Marta Garcia ESP 18 33:00.771 00.363 01.692
4 95 Beitske Visser NLD 18 33:02.552 01.781 03.473
5 26 Sarah Moore GBR 18 33:04.850 02.298 05.771
6 5 Fabienne Wohlwend LIE 18 33:06.128 01.278 07.049
7 85 Miki Koyama JPN 18 33:07.890 01.762 08.811
8 31 Tasmin Pepper RSA 18 33:16.215 08.325 17.136
9 3 Gosia Rdest POL 18 33:17.968 01.753 18.889
10 20 Caitlin Wood AUS 18 33:19.463 01.495 20.384
11 21 Jessica Hawkins GBR 18 33:20.652 01.189 21.573
12 2 Esmee Hawkey GBR 18 33:22.074 01.422 22.995
13 37 Sabre Cook USA 18 33:22.444 00.370 23.365
14 99 Naomi Schiff DEU 18 33:24.411 01.967 25.332
15 11 Vicky Piria ITA 18 33:30.836 06.425 31.757
16 67 Shea Holbrook USA 18 33:45.285 14.449 46.206
17 7 Emma Kimilainen FIN DNF
18 49 Megan Gilkes CAN DNF