Posted on May 19th, 2019
Jamie Chadwick remained at the top of the W Series leaderboard following her second placed finish in the latest W Series race at Zolder, Belgium.
Race winner Beitske Visser took the lead on lap one, which she retained for the duration of the race. However, her win was not without challenge, as pole-sitter Chadwick was never far behind throughout the race.
Jamie secured second place, just ahead of Alice Powell, who had been second at Hockenheim two weeks ago, a race that Jamie had won. In a gripping Brit-versus-Brit showdown, the pair went head-to-head in the closing minutes of the race, leaving fans and spectators on the edge of their seats, ultimately finishing just 0.633sec apart.
The next W Series race will be run on the fast and challenging Italian circuit of Misano, where Jamie will be aiming to repeat the successes of the first two races.
Catherine Bond Muir, W Series Chief Executive Officer said:
“What a fantastic race!
“Beitske made a perfect start from her front-row grid position, took the lead into Turn One, and never looked like losing it thereafter.
“Behind her, while Beitske was reeling off the laps with metronomic precision, all hell was breaking loose, as Jamie and Alice staged a wheel-to-wheel battle that will stay in the minds of all who watched it for a very long time, whether they were in the grandstands here at Zolder or in front of TV sets all over the world.
Dave Ryan, Racing Director said:
“I thought that was a really great motor race.
“After an incident-filled start, involving two Safety Cars, Beitske totally nailed it – in fact she’s been ‘on it’ since we arrived here.
“Equally impressive, Jamie’s and Alice’s battle for second place was not only extremely entertaining but was also an object lesson, proving that it really is possible to race single-seaters wheel-to-wheel, hard but fair.”
Jamie Chadwick said:
“Beitske did a really great job when she overtook me at the start but, after that, I was quite happy in P2 in the early stages.
“Then, after the first few laps, and especially after the second Safety Car restart, I thought I might have a chance to challenge her – but then she began to extend the gap bit by bit and I couldn’t quite keep up with her.
“So I settled into P2, but then I made a mistake at a chicane, which I’m kicking myself for, to be honest. It caused me to lose a bit of ground – and Alice got past me.
“But I was still following her closely so I said to myself, ‘If I finish third, I’m going to be annoyed’, so I decided to do whatever I could to repass, and in the end I managed to go around the outside of her.
“It was a good, clean fight.”