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Powell tops W Series practice at Silverstone

by Craig Woollard

Photo: W Series

Alice Powell beat reigning W Series champion Jamie Chadwick to the top spot in free practice for the British Grand Prix-supporting round at Silverstone.

Powell’s benchmark 1m57.098s lap came with 10 minutes to go in the half-hour session, and initially put her on top by half a second.

The gap was whittled down until the chequered flag, with Chadwick’s best lap 0.146s slower than Powell’s.

The pace is narrowly shy of that set in the last appearance of Regional Formula 3 at Silverstone – the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup round when Oscar Piastri took pole with a 1m57.022s lap using the same car and tyres but with a different engine.

Emma Kimilainen was third fastest, Powell’s main title rival at present Sarah Moore was fourth, and Fabienne Wohlwend rounded out the top five.

Beitske Visser was one thousandth of a second shy of a top-five spot, ahead of Abbie Eaton.

Debutant Abbi Pulling ended her first session in a W Series weekend in eighth place, 0.870s slower than her coach Powell.

There was one major moment in the session as Bruna Tomaselli spun at the fast Becketts corner and picking up a sizeable number of stones from the gravel. She was able to continue and ended up 12th fastest.

Irina Sidorkova, who was on the podium in the last race, was the slowest of the 18 runners.

Free practice results

Pos Name Time
1 Alice Powell 1m57.098s
2 Jamie Chadwick +0.146s
3 Emma Kimilainen +0.273s
4 Sarah Moore +0.365s
5 Fabienne Wohlwend +0.611s
6 Beitske Visser +0.612s
7 Abbie Eaton +0.870s
8 Abbi Pulling +1.043s
9 Ayla Agren +1.095s
10 Vicky Piria +1.122s
11 Marta Garcia +1.184s
12 Bruna Tomaselli +1.238s
13 Jessica Hawkins +1.433s
14 Nerea Marti +1.433s
15 Miki Koyama +1.582s
16 Belen Garcia +1.602s
17 Sabre Cook +1.811s
18 Irina Sidorkova +1.818s