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Visser beats Chadwick and Powell to Zolder W Series win

by Steve Whitfield


Beitske Visser claimed a dominant victory in the second round of W Series at Zolder, as Jamie Chadwick pipped Alice Powell to second on the penultimate lap.

BMW junior Visser out-dragged pole-sitter Chadwick off the line to lead into the first corner, before the race was interrupted by two safety car periods.

When racing resumed for the second time with 15 minutes to go, Visser was able to pull away from Chadwick to win by 8.451s.

In the closing stages Powell, who started from third, passed fellow Briton Chadwick for second into the final chicane after the two cars went side-by-side for several corners.

On the penultimate lap, Chadwick reclaimed second place after going around the outside of Powell at Turn 1 and completing the move into the next corner, finishing half a second ahead of Powell.

Marta Garcia finished fourth, a further three seconds behind, closely followed home by Sarah Moore, Tasmin Pepper and Fabienne Wohlwend after a race-long battle between the quartet.

Japan?s Miki Koyama finished eighth ahead of Vicky Piria, with Naomi Schiff completing the top ten.

It was a disappointing race for series debutants Sarah Bovy and Vivien Keszthelyi. Belgian driver Bovy failed to start after her car caught fire on the grid, while Keszthelyi – who received a late call up to replace the unwell Emma Kimilainen – retired after an early incident with Sabre Cooke, the American receiving a drive through penalty as a result.

Esmee Hawkey and Gosia Rdest also retired early in the race after Hawkey outbraked herself and ran into the side of the Polish driver.


Race results (19 laps)
Pos Name Nationality Gap
1 Beitske Visser The Netherlands
2 Jamie Chadwick Great Britain +8.451s
3 Alice Powell Great Britain +9.084s
4 Marta Garcia Spain +12.279s
5 Sarah Moore Great Britain +12.739s
6 Tasmin Pepper South Africa +13.185s
7 Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein +13.973s
8 Miki Koyama Japan +17.654s
9 Vicky Piria Italy +25.871s
10 Naomi Schiff Germany +26.937s
11 Caitlin Wood Australia +29.596s
12 Shea Holbrook USA +30.859s
13 Jessica Hawkins Great Britain +39.274s
14 Megan Gilkes Canada +47.413s
15 Sabre Cook USA +58.053s
16 Gosia Rdest Poland DNF
17 Esmee Hawkey Great Britain DNF
18 Vivien Kesztheyli Hungary DNF
19 Sarah Bovy Belgium DNF
Championship standings
?Chadwick 43? ?2 Visser 37? ?3 Powell 33? ?4 Garcia 27? ?5?Moore 20? ?6 Wohlwend 14? ?7?Pepper 12? ?8?Koyama 10? ?9 Piria 2? ?10?Rdest 2