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W Series picks Noda and five from F4 camp to join Barcelona test

by Ida Wood

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W Series has revealed the entry list for its second pre-season test, which will take place at Barcelona on March 2-4.

It will be the first to use the cars actually raced in the championship, as at the start of this month the series organised a five-day test at Inde Motorsports Ranch in the United States for drivers who had not raced in W Series before.

Crawford’s Formula 4 chassis was used, and Kiwi Motorsport ran all of the cars. From that test, Tereza Babickova, Lena Buhler, Bianca Bustamante, Chloe Chambers and Emely De Heus have been invited to drive Tatuus T-318 cars at Barcelona.

There they will be joined by the top 12 from W Series last year, who have all been invited to return to the championship. Reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is the only one of those to be publicly confirmed to be racing in 2022 though.

Also driving at the test will be Danish Formula 4 graduate Juju Noda, who did a private testing programme with her ex-Formula 1 driver father Hideki Noda’s eponymous team in the same Formula Regional car that W Series uses before the car was put on the market for sale following a crash, and W Series race-winner Megan Gilkes.

BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 racer Gilkes raced in W Series in 2019, and won the non-championship reversed grid race at Assen. She has also tested in FRegional machinery since.

British team Fine Moments ran all of the cars in W Series’ 2021 season, and it has been confirmed that the centrally-run format will remain for this year despite reports that it had become a team-based competition. The operating company for the upcoming season, whether it be Fine Moments or not, has not been named by W Series.

Test entry list

Driver Nation Age 2021
Jamie Chadwick Britain 23 W Series champion
Alice Powell Britain 29 2nd in W Series
Emma Kimilainen Finland 32 3rd in W Series
Nerea Marti Spain 20 4th in W Series
Sarah Moore Britain 28 5th in W Series
Fabienne Wohlwend Liechtenstein 24 6th in W Series
Abbi Pulling Britain 18 7th in W Series
Beitske Visser Netherlands 26 8th in W Series
Irina Sidorkova Russia 18 9th in W Series
Belen Garcia Spain 22 10th in W Series
Jessica Hawkins Britain 27 11th in W Series
Marta Garcia Spain 21 12th in W Series
Lena Buhler Switzerland 24 38th in FREC
Juju Noda Japan 16 7th in Danish F4
Chloe Chambers USA 17 26th in US F4
Emely de Heus Netherlands 18 29th in Spanish F4
Megan Gilkes Canada 21 10th in BRSCC National FF1600
Bianca Bustamante Philippines/USA 16 No racing
Tereza Babickova Czech Republic 18 Senior karting