Defending champion Jamie Chadwick completed a perfect weekend at W Series Miami presented by Hard Rock by backing up her win in Saturday’s first race with a dominant lights-to-flag victory in race two of the 2022 season-opening double-header.
The reigning double champion took her fourth straight W Series race win, and eighth overall, courtesy of an expertly controlled drive from pole position. Jamie crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of Nerea Martí who secured her best finish and the second podium of her W Series career. Last season’s runner-up Alice Powell was a further six seconds back in third place to score her 10th W Series podium finish.
The drivers’ second-best time during qualifying on Saturday had set the grid for race two, and the front row from race one was reversed as Jamie started from pole position and Nerea from second.
The top two retained their starting positions as they exited Turn 1, but Nerea was under pressure from Emma who started third. The Finn went up to second with a move on the inside at the entry to Turn 11, but went deep on the exit allowing Nerea to instantly regain the place. Jamie led by just under a second at the end of lap one, by which time the only changes in the top 10 saw Sarah, Fabienne and Marta move up one place each as Abbi dropped from eighth on the grid to 11th.
With five minutes gone, Emma attempted the same move on Nerea and made it stick this time to go second. Three minutes later, Bruna Tomaselli pitted with a front-right puncture, relegating her to the rear of the field. With a third of the race gone, Nerea overtook Emma for second, but Emma fought back along the start-finish straight and re-took the position at Turn 1. Up ahead, Jamie set the fastest lap of the race to extend her lead to almost two seconds.
On the penultimate lap, Alice and Emma made contact at Turn 17, sending Emma spinning and down to fifth behind Belen. Alice suffered front-wing damage but nursed the car home in third, although the stewards were investigating that incident after the race.
Jamie upped her pace to regain a buffer of almost two seconds to Nerea going into the final lap, and the champion remained error-free to complete a perfect weekend.
Jamie Chadwick said:
“I’m really happy with that win and happy to bounce back to be honest. I lacked confidence yesterday and didn’t feel like I deserved the win, whereas this was our first proper race under green-flag conditions and I’m happy to get that one under my belt. With the nature of the circuit and the heat, it was all about keeping it clean, making no mistakes and keeping the tyres in check. Nerea [Martí] kept the pressure on, but I responded when I needed to, stayed calm and managed the gap well which gave me some breathing space at the end.”
Dave Ryan (Racing Director, W Series) said:
“Today was a great relief and it was a very good race with some really good driving. Jamie [Chadwick] obviously deserved to win as she did a great job and she’s had a great weekend. I’m very happy for Nerea [Marti] after yesterday. Alice [Powell] had a good result, and I’m not sure what happened to Emma [Kimiläinen]. It was good to see no red flags and a much better day overall. It has been a tough weekend, but everyone has worked very hard and great credit to all of my team who put the cars that were damaged back together so we had a full grid of 18 cars for each race.”