Jamie Chadwick wins her home race for the first time; Emma Kimilainen secures second spot for her best finish this season and Abbi Pulling pulls off third place after a late collision. This is what Silverstone had to offer:
Despite the temperamental conditions at the British Grand Prix, Jamie Chadwick secured her fourth victory in the W Series this season.
After leading the entire race and finishing almost 20 seconds in front of second-placed Emma Kimilainen, Chadwick asserted her dominance in the driver standings drawing 47 points ahead of her rival, Abbi Pulling.
Ex W Series driver, Naomi Schiff described Chadwick as being “in a league of her own,” during commentary.
“A British win, a win on home soil, I’ve never had that in W Series,” Chadwick said.
“I’m just so happy to get that one off my back.”
Chadwick ticked off the only milestone she had left after winning every driver’s championship in the W Series so far and holding the record for the most pole positions and race wins in the Series.
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In the penultimate lap, podium sitters Pulling and Kimilainen collided into Vale chicane after Pulling looked up the inside of the flying fin. This saw both drivers spin on track but luckily, they both re-joined the race with minimal damage.
Abbi Pulling finished P3 despite fending off siege by Fabienne Wohlend and discussion of penalties threatening her position due to the collision.
Although drawing further from the championship leader, Pulling managed to nab the fastest lap of the race with a lap time of 1:56.847 seconds.
Notwithstanding damage caused by the incident, Kimilainen managed to claw her way back to P2 in the final lap.
“Seems to be my lucky charm to be hit [in] the rear wheel this year,” Kimilainen said.
“I hope that ends now and lucky we got to finish the race.”
During qualifying all six British drivers finished in the top ten but some were luckier than others during the race.
After qualifying third, Alice Powell was hoping for a repeat of last year’s victorious race in Silverstone.
Unfortunately, a stalling issue caused Powell to receive a ten second stop-and-go time penalty for being out of position during the first safety car line.
Powell managed to weave through traffic to finish P14 after the disastrous stalling incident that saw her title challenge take a blow.
Ex W Series driver and fellow Aussie, Caitlin Wood, made her return to the W Series paddock as a reserve driver and commentator alongside Naomi Schiff for free practice this weekend.
With only six races to go, will we see a new face in the top spot next race? W Series returns to Le Castellet, July 22 for Round 4 of the all-female series.