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Powell wins at Brands Hatch, Chadwick secures W Series title

by Rob Hansford

Alice Powell won the final W Series race of the season at Brands Hatch, as Jamie Chadwick was crowned champion with a fourth place finish.

Chadwick got away cleanly at the start from pole, while Esmee Hawkey stalled from third and led to some quick evasive action from those behind.

Powell instantly put pressure on Chadwick, with Assen winner Emma Kimilainen also getting involved in the lead battle.

On lap six of 21, Powell dived down the inside of Chadwick at Paddock Hill Bend but failed to make the move stick and the pair went side-by-side up to Druids, with Powell eventually coming out on top.

The race immediately got worse for Chadwick as Kimilainen, who had been stalking behind, got past the Briton just before Graham Hill Bend and immediately pulled away.

Chadwick lost several seconds and fell into the clutches of title rival Beitkse Visser, and on lap 15 the safety car was called out after Miki Koyama spun at the Sheene Curve, bunching the field back together.

It was a tough race for Koyamam who had earlier received a drive-through penalty for starting outside her grid box.

The safety car came in with just short of six minutes remaining and Powell and Kimilainen pulled clear once again, lapping considerably faster than the rest of the field.

Visser was able to close back in on Chadwick and then passed her going into the Sheene Curve, putting two wheels on the grass in the process.

Powell crossed the finish line half a second ahead of Kimilainen to win her first W Series race while Visser ended up third, 5.7s down the road.

Jamie Chadwick managed to hold on to fourth, ensuring her the W Series title by 10 points.

Fabienne Wohlwend was unable to get close enough to Chadwick to make a move in the closing stages and she ended up fifth, ahead of Vicky Piria and Jessica Hawkins. Marta Garcia, Sabre Cook and Sarah Moore rounded out the top 10.


Race results (21 laps)
Pos Name Nationality Time
1 Alice Powell Great Britain 31m24.967s
2 Emma Kimilainen Finland +0.511s
3 Beitske Visser The?Netherlands +5.784s
4 Jamie Chadwick Great Britain +9.321s
5 Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein +9.732s
6 Vicky Piria Italy +10.730s
7 Jessica Hawkins Great Britain +11.060s
8 Marta Garcia Spain +11.613s
9 Sabre Cook USA +12.179s
10 Sarah Moore Great Britain +13.420s
11 Caitlin Wood Australia +13.881s
12 Tasmin Pepper South Africa +14.221s
13 Gosia Rdest Poland +14.735s
14 Vivien Keszthelyi Hungary +18.656s
15 Naomi Schiff Germany +20.585s
16 Esmee Hawkey Great Britain +20.755s
17 Shea Holbrook USA +20.839s
18 Megan Gilkes Canada +21.681s
19 Sarah Bovy Belgium +22.061s
20 Miki Koyama Japan
Fastest lap: Kimilainen, 1m23.301s

Championship standings
1?Chadwick 110? ?2 Visser 100? ?3?Powell 76? ?4?Garcia 66? ?5?Kimilainen 53? ?6 Wohlwend 51? ?7?Koyama 30? ?8?Moore 24? ?9?Piria 24? ?10?Pepper 22