Jamie Chadwick makes history and wins the first ever W Series race in Hockenheim.
Jamie Chadwick got away from pole position well and pulled herself a gap from the rest of the grid. However a lockup going into the hairpin saw Chadwick run wide and drop behind Sarah Moore.
Emma Kimilainen, fourth on the grid, struggled to get away at the start and dropped down the order. Kimilainen was doing well to work her way back up field in the opening corners of the first lap until contact with Megan Gilkes. Gilkes who launched up the inside into the hairpin, on the wet side of the track, wasn’t able to get the car stopped launching into the side of Kimilainen. Both drivers were out of the race but after the hard contact both reported to be ok.
The safety car was deployed on the opening lap and at the restart there was 20 minutes left on the clock. Moore held onto the lead going into the first turn but Chadwick was soon back in front.
Moore was left to hold off Alice Powell for second position, until a mistake, by running wide at the hairpin, saw Moore drop back to sixth. This left Powell to chase down Chadwick.
In third place also looking to challenge for the win was Marta Garcia.
Chadwick looked to be in control, despite reporting gearbox problems. She went on to take the first win of the W Series with Powell and Garcia on the podium.
Beitske Visser finished fourth ahead of the recovering Moore. Wohlwend, after starting on the front row, dropped to sixth.
Miki Koyama moved up 10 places to finish seventh ahead of Tasmin Pepper and Gosia Rdest. Caitlin Wood took the final point in tenth.
Jessica Hawkins finished eleventh, ahead of Esmee Hawkey and Sabre Cook. Naomi Schiff fended off Vicky Piria who was recovering from a spin earlier in the race. Whilst Shea Holbrook was unable to recover from a bad start to finish sixteenth.
Chadwick made a strong start to the six race championship. Round two will take place at Zolder in two weeks’ time.