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Kimilainen tops W Series FP1, Visser hit by issue at Brands Hatch

by Rob Hansford

Photo: LAT Images

Emma Kimilainen topped the first W Series free practice session in drying conditions at Brands Hatch, as Beitske Visser ended up slowest after running into problems.

Assen winner Kimilainen dominated the session, repeatedly setting fastest laps around the Grand Prix layout of the circuit, and although Jamie Chadwick went fastest on her last lap, the Finnish driver immediately took it back.

Her fastest time of 1m33.427s was 0.421s faster than Chadwick’s best attempt and a second faster than Sarah Moore in third.

Jessica Hawkins was fourth fastest with a time of 1m34.741s, good enough to put her ahead of Alice Powell in fifth.

Esmee Hawkey made it five Britons in the top six behind her, with Lichtenstein driver Fabienne Wohlwend, Vicky Piria, Marta Garcia and Gosia Rdest rounding out the top ten.

Chadwick’s sole title rival Visser ended up 20th and last with a 1m42.073s lap, but that was set early on in the wetter conditions, before she was left pit-bound with a suspected electrical issue. Japan’s Miki Koyama was also held back by a technical issue.

Reserve drivers Sarah Bovy and Vivien Keszthelyi, who will both return to the racing line-up for the season finale, were 11th and 17th fastest.


Free Practice results

Pos Name Nationality Time
1 Emma Kimilainen Finland 1m33.427s
2 Jamie Chadwick Great Britain +0.421s
3 Sarah Moore Great Britain +1.040s
4 Jessica Hawkins Great Britain +1.314s
5 Alice Powell Great Britain +1.753s
6 Esmee Hawkey Great Britain +1.799s
7 Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein +1.811s
8 Vicky Piria Italy +1.922s
9 Marta Garcia Spain +2.056s
10 Gosia Rdest Poland +3.377s
11 Sarah Bovy Belgium +3.455s
12 Sabre Cook USA +3.623s
13 Tasmin Pepper South Africa +4.146s
14 Caitlin Wood Australia +4.164s
15 Megan Gilkes Canada +4.946s
16 Shea Holbrook USA +5.000s
17 Vivien Keszthelyi Hungary +5.807s
18 Miki Koyama South Africa +6.569s
19 Naomi Schiff Germany +6.740s
20 Beitske Visser The Netherlands +8.646s