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Chadwick resists Visser pressure to take second W Series win at Misano

by Craig Woollard

Photo: LAT Images

Jamie Chadwick took her second W Series win of the season and extended her championship lead with victory at Misano after race-long pressure from Beitske Visser.

Williams development driver Chadwick, who started on the front row, jumped maiden polesitter Fabienne Wohlwend off the line at the start and led each of the 20 laps across 30 minutes plus one lap to take the victory.

Zolder victor Visser, starting third, also jumped Wohlwend off the line and pressured Chadwick consistently throughout the race.

Chadwick and BMW junior Visser appeared quicker in different areas of the Misano circuit, but the tightness of the track meant that overtaking was difficult.

Wohlwend took her maiden podium finish in the series with third, after surviving a first corner collision with Alice Powell.

The slow-starting Wohlwend was squeezed by Visser and Powell ? the latter trying to go around the outside into the first corner. The pair touched wheels, and Powell was launched into the air and her race was finished immediately, causing a brief safety car intervention.

Once the race got restarted, the top three ? all starting on fresh tyres for the race ? pulled away from local driver Vicky Piria, who battled with Miki Koyama for much of the race.

Koyama made her move on Piria halfway through the race around the outside into Turn 9 for fourth. She finished there, ahead of Piria, albeit some way behind the top trio.

Former Renault junior Marta Garcia finished sixth in a tight battle which lasted much of the race. Tasmin Pepper was not far behind in seventh.

Sabre Cook and Vivien Keszthelyi secured their first W Series points in eighth and 10th respectively, the former having also completed a penultimate-lap pass on Sarah Moore.

Esmee Hawkey narrowly missed out on the points after starting towards the rear of the pack following a grid penalty for a collision at Zolder, battling late-on with Naomi Schiff.

The pair were fighting over 11th when Schiff spun very late in the race, dropping her to 18th and last of the runners.

Race results (20 laps)
Pos Name Nationality Gap
1 Jamie Chadwick Great Britain
2 Beitske Visser The Netherlands +0.587s
3 Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein +2.285s
4 Miki Koyama Japan +10.434s
5 Vicky Piria Italy +14.200s
6 Marta Garcia Spain +16.118s
7 Tasmin Pepper South Africa +13.973s
8 Sabre Cook USA +28.518s
9 Sarah Moore Great Britain +28.994s
10 Vivien Kesztheyli Hungary +29.460s
11 Esmee Hawkey Great Britain +31.265s
12 Sarah Bovy Belgium +32.222s
13 Gosia Rdest Poland +33.671s
14 Caitlin Wood Australia +34.043s
15 Jessica Hawkins Great Britain +36.002s
16 Shea Holbrook USA +39.107s
17 Megan Gilkes Canada 39.334s
18 Naomi Schiff Belgium 40.795s
19 Alice Powell Great Britain DNF
Championship standings
?Chadwick 68? ?2?Visser 55? ?3?Garcia 35? ?4?Powell 33? ?5??Wohlwend 29??6?Koyama 22? ?7?Moore 22? ?8?Pepper 18? ?9?Piria 12? ?10??Cook 4