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W Series set to hold additional non-points race at Assen

by Rob Hansford

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W Series is set to hold an additional non-points race using a reversed-grid format for its Assen round this July.

The series have announced that the additional race at the Dutch circuit still requires FIA approval, and will take place a day after Saturday’s regular championship round, which will be the fifth race of the season.

In a statement released via Twitter, the series confirmed: “It will be a non-championship race, with no W series championship points awarded”.

W Series is looking to use the second race as an opportunity to test out a new race format by changing up the grid formation.

“In a spirit of experimentation, the starting grid will be in reverse order of the finishing positions of our normal Saturday race the afternoon before.”

W Series will release further details shortly outlining their full plans for the event.

The series currently acts a support race for the DTM series with a single race held on a Saturday and this trial could be part of a planned expansion of the series for 2020.

Williams development driver and Aston Martin Racing junior Jamie Chadwick is currently leading the championship, having won two of the first three races, and has amassed a total of 68 points. She leads the BMW-contracted Beitske Visser and former Renault Formula 1 junior Marta Garcia.

The fourth round of the season takes place at the Norisring street circuit in Germany on July 6.