Jamie Chadwick claims inaugural W Series title as Alice Powell wins season finale

Jamie Chadwick held on for a fourth-place finish and won the title by 10 points.

Jamie Chadwick won the inaugural W Series title at Brand Hatch Sunday, while Alice Powell scored her first race victory.

Chadwick may have finished off the podium for the first time this year, but that made little difference, as she kept rival Beitske Visser in her sights to ensure that the title was hers.

From third, Esmee Hawkey had been hoping to score a podium finish which would have guaranteed her a top 12 series finish, but her hopes faded even before the lights had gone out. A small jump start saw her bog down on the line at the start and she dropped from third to P15. A drive-through penalty for the jump start added to the pain.

Miki Koyama was also handed a drive-through penalty for starting out of position in her grid slot,

At the front, Chadwick led the way from Alice Powell, Emma Kimilainen and Visser.

With 18 minutes remaining, a small mistake from Chadwick allowed Powell to get a shot entering Paddock Hill. With Chadwick on the ropes, Powell edged Chadwick to the outside of the corner, putting her on the outside for the turn two “Druids,” which also allowed Kimilainen to advance past.

 

Chadwick now had Visser to deal with but was able to fend off an initial attack after going side by side with her championship rival onto the Grand Prix loop of the circuit.

Powell and Kimilainen pulled away from the two championship combatants, but a spin from Koyama brought out the safety car, bunching the field together once more.

As things stood, Sabre Cook would displace Gosia Rdest in the race for the top 12 in the standings, but Jessica Hawkins would miss out by a point on displacing Caitlin Wood.

With little under two minutes remaining, Visser made her move on Chadwick, forcing the issue and hanging Chadwick out to dry.

It initially appeared as though Chadwick had conceded the podium position knowing that fourth would still be good enough if Visser remained third, but Chadwick’s pace was rapidly disappearing and soon she was having to defend from Fabienne Wohlwend.

 

Powell was never really challenged by Kimilainen as the pair locked the front two positions, but Chadwick, despite looking as though she had a small problem, was able to hang onto fourth spot and, albeit with her first non-podium result of the year, score enough points to win the title by 10 markers over Visser.

Speaking after becoming champion, Chadwick said, “Unbelievable. I think, it will sink in later. Now it hasn’t at all. Now I’m still thinking about that race which wasn’t great but unbelievable. This year has been a whirlwind for sure and today has been more intense than any racing that I’ve ever had.

“I can’t really put it into words. At the beginning of the year, I knew it was going to be a great year and I knew the W Series had the potential to be something big but I never expected this. Every race has been bigger, but coming here at home to Brands Hatch, I’ve never seen this place like it.”

As is the case when a championship gets decided, the race winner tends to be forgotten, but Powell has been one of the more consistent performers across the season with three previous podium finishes to her name. Victory in the season finale is a result that will give her a lot of confidence heading into next season.

“It’s been a tough middle of the season, so to come back with a second (at Assen) and then to come here in front of a home crowd at Brands Hatch to take the win, it’s been a great day,” said Powell. “I was just trying to keep consistent times, keep it consistent and keep the pace pretty good.”


Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

Sights from the W Series finale at Brands Hatch, Sunday July 11, 2019

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