Tuesday, 20 August, 2019


Chadwick eases to inaugural W Series Championship title

W Series star Jamie Chadwick F1 only wants you for the big cheque W Series: Britain's Jamie Chadwick becomes inaugural champion
Noah Ferguson | 13 August, 2019, 23:38

The 21-year-old did just what was required at her home circuit to go down in history as the victor of the first ever all-women's championship, earning £410,000 in prize money in the process.

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

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.

Visser had needed to win to have any real chance, unless Chadwick failed to finish, and although she overtook the Briton for third in the closing stages she had to settle for overall runner-up and a $250,000 (207,744.72 pounds) payout.

"I'm under no illusions as to how tough it's going to get", she said after clinching the crown with fourth place in the season's final race. For Chadwick, though, this is just a step towards her ultimate goal. "If I come back, I want to fight for the title again, to be sure".

Chadwick pockets a prize of £410,000 and, having been signed as a development driver for Williams, she keeps up her hopes of making it into Formula One.

Chadwick won two races in the six-race series - in Germany and Italy - and took pole in Germany, Belgium and her home race. Next year will also see drivers eligible to score FIA Super Licence points, which are vital in order to become a Formula One driver. "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".

"Naturally there are still some critics, but I think generally the reception to at least the first race was really positive".

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

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

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.

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