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Jamie Chadwick was one of twenty-eight drivers who have been chosen to go through to the next stage of the selection process of W Series, the all-new single-seater racing series for female drivers only.


The next step will be a four-day test in the W Series Tatuus F318 Formula 3 car in late March. W Series will then race at six events on the DTM programme in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK, running from May through to August.


Catherine Bond Muir, W Series CEO said:


“All W Series’ qualifier-drivers here at the Wachauring [Melk, Austria] are superstars, every single one of them.


“But the sad fact is that not all of them will continue to the next stage of our driver selection programme. That’s competition. That’s sport. That’s racing.


“So to all of them who’ve made it through to the next stage, I say: congratulations and good luck in Almeria [Spain] in March, the final stage of our driver selection programme.”


David Coulthard, W Series advisory board Chairman said:


“We’ve reached the end of this first part of our driver selection programme and, of course, it’s never easy to let some of the racers know they won’t be part of the next evaluation training on track in Spain. However, I’ve been immensely impressed by the commitment and attitude of all the competitors, and I really feel they’ve come here with open minds. They’ve really embraced this Test and Training International facility and organisation, which is world-class and is run by Alex [Wurz], a very experienced one-time fellow competitor of mine.”


“My focus will now shift from here to the very important on-track testing in Almeria [Spain] in the W Series Tatuus Formula 3 car, because that’s when it really moves up to the next level and we have to make the next difficult decision to reduce number of drivers to our final 20 competitors [18 plus two reserves].”


Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director said:


“For those who’ll now go through to the next stage of our driver selection programme, which will take place at Almeria [Spain] in March, the next few weeks will be crucial. In particular, they should focus on improving their strength and fitness levels, because single-seaters are tough to drive. But we wouldn’t have selected them if we didn’t firmly believe they had the ability to race them – and race them well.”


The following 28 successful qualifier-drivers have made it through to the next stage of the W Series selection process:


Sarah Bovy, Belgium
Jamie Chadwick, UK
Sabre Cook, USA
Natalie Decker, USA
Marta Garcia, Spain
Megan Gilkes, Canada
Grace Gui, China
Esmee Hawkey, UK
Jessica Hawkins, UK
Shea Holbrook, USA
Francesca Linossi, Italy
Vivien Keszthelyi, Hungary
Emma Kimilainen, Finland
Natalia Kowalska, Poland
Stephane Kox, The Netherlands
Miki Koyama, Japan
Milou Mets, The Netherlands
Sarah Moore, UK
Tasmin Pepper, South Africa
Vicky Piria, Italy
Alice Powell, UK
Gosia Rdest, Poland
Naomi Schiff, Belgium
Shirley Van Der Lof, The Netherlands
Beitske Visser, The Netherlands
Alexandra Whitley, Australia
Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein
Caitlin Wood, Australian



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