Chadwick on pole for W Series title race

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2019

But she was under constant pressure from compatriot and eventual race-winner Alice Powell and Finland's Emma Kimilainen, who passed her on successive corners.

Ahead of Sunday's season finale, Chadwick enjoyed a 13-point lead over title challenger Beitske Visser, but the 21-year-old launched her race from pole while her Dutch opponent lined up fifth.

That put Visser on Chadwick's tail and the Dutchwoman overtook her with three minutes left after a breathtaking passage of wheel-to-wheel action during which the pair made contact. "At the beginning of the year I thought it just might be a great season", added Chadwick.

Following on from victories at Hockenheim and Misano and podiums in all of the other rounds, fourth was all Chadwick needed to be crowned champion regardless of where her rivals finished, in particular Beitske Visser. "It'll sink in soon I'm sure, but it hasn't yet", said the 2019 champion when all was said and done. As Powell led the field into Clearways and the safety vehicle peeled into the pit lane with six minutes remaining in the 30-minute race, she cleverly bunched up the field then nailed it onto the straight, establishing a lead over Kimilainen that she would never lose.

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Winning the W Series secures Chadwick a $500,000 prize payout, created to aid her progression in the next level of motorsport.

"This year's provided a platform I would never otherwise have had", said Chadwick, who last year became the first woman to win a round of the regular British Formula Three championship. I think that might have caught Emma out and thus enabled me to take the win - which is just awesome. Jamie did really well to try and fight me around the outside but I managed to muscle it out and take the lead at Druids. "It hits home to me that, if I do a good job and get to be where I need to be and there is an opportunity down the line, it makes that dream feel a lot more like reality".

"The crowd has been incredible today and that's a huge credit to the way W Series has promoted us drivers".

The overall runner-up will get $250,000, with $125,000 for third place and prize money through the field.

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