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Five new drivers chosen to race in W Series in 2022

by Peter Allen

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W Series organisers have selected five new drivers to take part in the 2022 season alongside 12 returning racers.

Tereza Babickova, Bianca Bustamante, Chloe Chambers, Emely De Heus and Juju Noda all made their W Series debut in the recent pre-season test at Barcelona. All except from Noda had been picked to move forward from an earlier evaluation test for new drivers in United States Formula 4 machinery.

Noda steps up to race Formula Regional machinery after racing in Danish F4 over the past two seasons. As well as driving in the Barcelona test, the 16-year-old has been undertaking private testing with a Tatuus T-318 car run by her father (and ex-Formula 1 driver) Hideki Noda’s team.

Babickova and Bustamante are stepping up from karting, while Chambers and De Heus also raced F4 last year in the US and Spain respectively.

The top eight finishers from the 2021 W Series automatically earned an invite to return for 2022 and will do so, led by two-time champion Jamie Chadwick.

Another four drivers from last season will return including Belen Garcia, Jessica Hawkins and Marta Garcia, who occupied positions nine to 12 in the 2021 standings.

Irina Sidorkova finished eighth and travelled to the Barcelona test but did not take part amid the restrictions facing Russian competitors amid their country’s invasion of Ukraine. W Series has now said that Sidorkova, who has been part of the SMP Racing programme, will not compete in its races “until further notice”.

It means Bruna Tomaselli, 15th last season, will complete the full-time field with no return for Abbie Eaton – injured in a kerb impact at the season-ending Circuit of the Americas round – or Miki Koyama, who will instead compete as a Toyota junior driver in the Japanese FRegional Championship.

A further 18th seat will again be left open for drivers in the championship’s roster of reserves, who are yet to be named.

W Series 2022 entry list
Driver Nation Age 2021
Jamie Chadwick Britain 23 W Series champion
Alice Powell Britain 29 2nd in W Series
Emma Kimilainen Finland 32 3rd in W Series
Nerea Marti Spain 20 4th in W Series
Sarah Moore Britain 28 5th in W Series
Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein 24 6th in W Series
Abbi Pulling Britain 18 7th in W Series
Beitske Visser Netherlands 26 8th in W Series
Belen Garcia Spain 22 10th in W Series
Jessica Hawkins Britain 27 11th in W Series
Marta Garcia Spain 21 12th in W Series
Bruna Tomaselli Brazil 24 15th in W Series
Juju Noda Japan 16 7th in Danish F4
Chloe Chambers USA 17 26th in US F4
Emely de Heus Netherlands 19 29th in Spanish F4
Bianca Bustamante Philippines/USA 17 No racing
Tereza Babickova Czech Republic 18 Senior karting