British driver 1st winner of all-women auto racing series

HOCKENHEIM, 5 May 2019:

Britain’s Jamie Chadwick stood on top of the podium as the first race winner in the new all-female W Series yesterday with compatriot Alice Powell second at a damp and overcast Hockenheim.

Spanish teenager Marta Garcia finished a close third.

The victory completed a dominant two days for the 20-year-old, one of five Britons in a field of 18 in identical Formula Three cars, after setting the pace in Friday practice and starting on pole position.

She was presented with her trophy by South African Desiré Wilson, who in 1980 made history of her own by beating a field of men to win a non-championship British Formula One race at Brands Hatch.

Chadwick, who last year became the first woman to win a British Formula Three race and in 2015 was the first woman to win a British GT championship, did not have it all her own way, however.

She ran wide at the hairpin exit, a lapse that allowed compatriot Sarah Moore to take the lead.

A collision between Finland’s Emma Kimilainen, who had stalled at the start, and Canadian Megan Gilkes then brought out the safety car with Chadwick retaking the lead at the re-start.

Powell, who started in sixth place, was taking part in her first single seater race since 2014, with her career stalling due to a lack of funding. None of the drivers in W Series have to pay to compete.

She finished 1.3 seconds behind her compatriot with 18-year-old Garcia a mere 0.3 further back.

– Reuters