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Chadwick on pole for W Series finale, title rival Visser in fifth

by Rob Hansford

Photo: LAT Images

W Series championship leader Jamie Chadwick will start the final race of the season at Brands Hatch Grand Prix from pole position.

Chadwick needs a podium in the race later today to guarantee her the title, and set a best time of 1m22.425s to go fastest right at the end of qualifying.

The times kept tumbling and the lead changed a number of times in what was a tightly contested session, with Alice Powell having to settle for second after being fastest late on.

Esmee Hawkey made it a all-British top three, setting a best time of 1m22.804s, ahead of free practice pacesetter and Assen winner Emma Kimialinen.

Kimilainen had looked to be challenging for pole throughout qualifying but she made a couple of mistakes, the latter – where she went off heading up to Westfield – meant she was unable to set one last flying lap and she pulled in to the pits with a minute remaining.

Chadwick’s sole title rival Beitske Visser could only manage fifth, nearly eight tenths off pole after having a problem-hit time in free practice.

Fabienne Wohlwend was sixth fastest with Miki Koyama, Sarah Moore, Jessica Hawkins and Vicky Piria rounding out the top 10.


Qualifying results
Pos Name Nationality Time
1 Jamie Chadwick Great Britain 1m22.425s
2 Alice Powell Great Britain +0.368s
3 Esmee Hawkey Great Britain +0.439s
4 Emma Kimilainen Finland +0.476s
5 Beitske Visser The?Netherlands +0.785s
6 Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein +0.785s
7 Miki Koyama Japan +0.901s
8 Sarah Moore Great Britain +1.109s
9 Jessica Hawkins Great Britain +1.147s
10 Vicky Piria Italy +1.182s
11 Marta Garcia Spain +1.376s
12 Sabre Cook USA +1.425s
13 Gosia Rdest Poland +1.793s
14 Caitlin Wood Australia +1.891s
15 Tasmin Pepper South Africa +1.913s
16 Sarah Bovy Belgium +2.145s
17 Vivien Keszthelyi Hungary +2.350s
18 Megan Gilkes Canada +2.445s
19 Shea Holbrook USA +2.777s
20 Naomi Schiff Germany +2.926s