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Nerea Marti scores maiden W Series pole in Miami

by Jordan Edwards

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Nerea Marti will start the first race of the W Series season in Miami from pole as she went fastest in a dramatic end to qualifying which saw Fabienne Wohlwend finishing the session in the wall after a high-speed crash.

Reigning champion Jamie Chadwick was 0.075s adrift of first-time pole-sitter Marti but will start race two from pole position after setting the best second-fastest time.

Alice Powell had held the fastest time by over three tenths for much of the session until being beaten by Chadwick, who finished second fastest, in the final three minutes as the fastest times came in.

Powell was two tenths up in the first two sectors but had to back out of her fastest lap as red flags came out due to Wohlwend’s incident, leaving her third.

The drivers were setting lap times for both of the races this weekend, with each driver’s fastest time setting the order for race one and their second-fastest times setting the grid for race two.

Emma Kimilainen was visibly on the edge as she threaded her car through the newly built chicanes and was able to finish fourth fastest. Wohlwend completed the top five.

Chloe Chambers was the fastest of the five debutants in 11th place, 1.395s off the ultimate pace. The session was interrupted by a red flag for a short time when Chambers spun on the exit of Turn 14 after taking too much kerb, but she was able to get the car started after a minute and the session resumed to green-flag running thereafter.

Early in the session there were a few close calls with the wall as Marti kissed the barrier with her rear tyre and Wohlwend running wide in similar fashion.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver Time Gap Laps
1 Nerea Marti 1m56.915s 12
2 Jamie Chadwick 1m56.990s +0.075s 11
3 Alice Powell 1m57.437s +0.522s 10
4 Emma Kimilainen 1m57.479s +0.564s 11
5 Fabienne Wohlwend 1m57.623s +0.708s 9
6 Jessica Hawkins 1m57.858s +0.943s 12
7 Belen Garcia 1m58.032s +1.117s 11
8 Sarah Moore 1m58.048s +1.133s 11
9 Abbi Pulling 1m58.078s +1.163s 11
10 Marta Garcia 1m58.093s +1.178s 12
11 Chloe Chambers 1m58.310s +1.395s 11
12 Beitske Visser 1m58.398s +1.483s 12
13 Abbie Eaton 1m58.437s +1.522s 12
14 Bruna Tomaselli 1m58.654s +1.739s 12
15 Emily De Heus 1m59.082s +2.167s 12
16 Terez Babickova 2m00.030s +3.115s 11
17 Bianca Bustamante 2m00.385s +3.470s 11
18 Juju Noda 2m02.679s +5.764s 8