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Powell on pole, Chadwick fifth for W Series’ Hungaroring race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: W Series

Alice Powell picked up her third W Series pole in qualifying for the Hungaroring round.

Championship leader Jamie Chadwick was fifth quickest, but starts ahead of her closest title rival Abbi Pulling.

Powell jumped up to the top of the order midway through qualifying, but wouldn’t stay there for long.

Emma Kimilainen briefly sat in first place, only to have her fastest lap deleted, but then she managed to make it back to the top spot with a laptime that stood. But as the pace improvoed through the second half of qualifying she dropped down the order.

Chadwick and Beitske Visser both briefly went fastest, before Powell set a 1m42.986s in the closing stages.

By this point, Chadwick had dropped down to fifth, and although she had time to put in another flying lap which was of an improved pace, it wasn’t enough to change her grid position. Visser qualified second, ahead of Nerea Marti and Marta Garcia.

A few yellow flags late in the session caught out a few drivers. One was caused by a mistake sending a driver wide, while a second yellow flag came as two drivers span on track. Bruna Tomaselli and Bianca Bustamante made contact sent spinning, though qualifying was able to continue without bringing out the red flags. The incident is being investigated.

Belen Garcia went seventh fastest and demoted Kimilainen to eighth, while Fabienne Wohwend and Jessica Hawkins completed the top 10.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Time
1 Alice Powell 1m42.986s
2 Beitske Visser +0.205s
3 Nerea Marti +0.323s
4 Marta Garcia +0.342s
5 Jamie Chadwick +0.487s
6 Abbi Pulling +0.503s
7 Belen Garcia +0.669s
8 Emma Kimilainen +0.763s
9 Fabienne Wohlwend +0.817s
10 Jessica Hawkins +0.826s
11 Sarah Moore +0.961s
12 Tereza Babickova +1.000s
13 Abbie Eaton +1.372s
14 Chloe Chambers +1.515s
15 Bruna Tomaselli +1.572s
16 Juju Noda +1.865s
17 Emely de Heus +2.141s
18 Bianca Bustamante +2.829s