Tetbury's Jamie Chadwick wins first ever W-series title

Jamie Chadwick stands in front of the river Thames in London

Jamie says "The whole W Series experience has been incredible".

The payday, more than the annual wages of some current grand prix drivers, and the publicity could boost her hopes of eventually becoming the first woman since 1976 (Italian Lella Lombardi) to race in Formula One. First, she needed to take care of business in a Formula Three auto, by winning a contest that she had led ever since the first instalment at Hockenheim three months ago. While Chadwick was driving purely to protect her advantage, her rivals scented blood.

Kimilainen also took the opportunity to demote Chadwick to third - just ahead of her championship rival Beitske Visser. Only belatedly, after a brief safety-car period, did she rediscover the rhythm to hold on. 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. "I had a tough middle of the season, but to bounce back to be second in Assen and first here at Brands Hatch in front of my home crowd has been incredible - it's been a truly wonderful day".

In the overall standings, Chadwick was crowned champion with two overall wins from six races and 110 points, followed by Visser with 100 points and Powell with 76.

"It's going to be a close fight, and I guess that's great for the championship".

"I want to go on and achieve a lot in the sport".

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Chadwick said after the race: "To be the inaugural W Series champion is simply unbelievable". I thought I had Beitske behind me but made a bit of a mistake and she got past.

"I suspected that W Series had the potential to be something big, but I never expected it to be this big".

Chadwick felt the reality, with the series always stating it wanted to prepare women to take on the men in junior series such as Formula Three and Formula Two, had changed some preconceptions.

Alice Powell's victory saw her claim third in the W Series championship, with fellow British racers Sarah Moore and Jessica Hawkins taking 8th and 12th overall respectively.

W Series Chief Executive Catherine Bond Muir has promised extra European rounds for 2020, with the series looking to expand further across the globe in the following years.

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