Former BRDC British F3 competitor Jamie Chadwick is the first driver to win a W Series race, after a dominant weekend at Hockenheim culminated in a hard fought victory.
Chadwick, who became the first woman to win a British F3 race last year, and also claimed the MRF Challenge title over the winter, topped every session at the W Series debut weekend, but had to battle back to claim the win.
Starting from pole, secured by almost two seconds, Chadwick made a good start on a damp track to hold the lead, but under pressure at the hairpin on the opening lap, locked up and ran wide, dropping to second.
After a safety car intervention, Chadwick reclaimed the lead at the restart and then fended off race-long pressure from former GP3 racer Alice Powell to claim victory after extending a small lead.
Chadwick therefore assumes the role as early championship leader in the new women-only series, with the next race coming up at Zolder in a couple of weeks’ time.
Gosia Rdest, a former BRDC F4 contender in 2013, was a top-10 finisher in the race.
Chadwick commented: “The win feels great. Going into the race, the conditions were tricky which made things a bit more difficult 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.”
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