W Series: Chadwick secures second W Series crown

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Jamie Chadwick secures her second W Series championship with a solid performance as the season comes to an end in Austin.

The rising British star secured back-to-back championship wins with a solid drive in the season finale double header at the COTA’s in Austin, Texas.  The 23-year-old racer secured a $500,000 prize for winning the series and collects 15 points towards a Formula One super-licence, a first for the W Series.

Drivers need 40 points to race in Formula One, Chadwick now has 25 points, including 10 from finishing fourth in last years Asian F3 championship which will allow her to take part in Friday practice.

Chadwick and fellow Brit Alice Powell arrived in Texas level on 109 points in the Championship, and both drivers were very confident they’d be taking home the crown.

Chadwick, who is currently the Williams F1 development driver, won Saturday’s first race to go 10 points clear and come the Sunday race, led every lap from pole position, with Powell finishing sixth.  It was an average weekend for Powell who will no doubt feel things just didn’t go her way when it counted.

The races in Texas were part of the U.S. Grand Prix support programme and it marked the first time Formula Three level racing has taken place outside Europe.  The season was due to finish in Mexico but with COVID restrictions still in place, the series opted for a double header in the states.
Chadwick took her first title in 2019, with the series cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and replaced with an eSports series which was won by Dutch driver Beitske Visser.
On what was a historic weekend for Chawick, the Brit had this to say; “That was a mega end to a mega year.  It feels so good to finish it off like that, what a win!  Thank you to W Series, Veloce, Formula 1 and everyone who’s supported me.
It means so much to defend my title.  It’s been really hard work this year as I’ve been pushed all the way by Alice [Powell].  The stakes were higher this weekend with the double-header, but to seal it by winning both races makes it so much sweeter and I’m delighted to come out on top.
Massive congratulations to Alice who’s pushed me really hard, and it was a tough weekend for her with some issues which were out of her hands.  I’ve got an amazing relationship with the Williams F1 team who have helped me win this championship so I’m really grateful to them. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I’ll enjoy this moment and go from there.”

Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir had this to say after a showcase season supporting the Formula One Calendar; “First and foremost, huge congratulations to Jamie [Chadwick] on becoming the 2021 W Series champion.  Jamie has displayed remarkable consistency this year and been rewarded for her resilience having been pushed all the way by Alice [Powell].

Alice will be disappointed having come so close to winning her maiden title, but that is because she too is a champion who has been a credit to herself and W Series this year.  Their enthralling title battle has captivated huge audiences around the world and the only way is up for them both.  I will watch their progress with great pride.

“I am sad that the season is over because it has been such a successful one.  Our landmark partnership with Formula 1, the world’s premier motor racing series, has given our immensely talented group of drivers the chance to showcase their skills on the sport’s biggest stage, and they have seized the opportunity with both hands.  Roll on 2022!”

Final Season Standings

Pos Driver Points Austria Austria United Kingdom Hungary Belgium Netherlands United States
1 United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick 159 8/6 25/1 15/3 25/1 18/2 18/2 50
2 United Kingdom Alice Powell 132 25/1 4/8 25/1 18/2 12/4 25/1 23
3 Finland Emma Kimilainen 108 15/3 12/4 8/6 25/1 15/3 33
4 SpainNerea Martí 61 6/7 6/7 10/5 15/3 4/8 12/4 8
5 United Kingdom Sarah Moore 56 18/2 12/4 6/7 2/9 18
6 Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend 42 15/3 1/10 18/2 6/7 2
7 United KingdomAbbi Pulling 40 4/8 6/7 30
8 Netherlands Beitske Visser 38 8/6 10/5 20
9 Irina Sidorkova 34 4/8 18/2 12/4
10 SpainBelén García 28 12/4 2/9 4/8 4/8 6
11 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins 27 1/10 8/6 10/5 8
12 Spain Marta Garcia 21 6/7 15/3
13 United Kingdom Abbie Eaton 19 8/6 2/9 1/10 8/6
14 Japan Miki Koyama 14 10/5 2/9 1/10 1
15 Brazil Bruna Tomaselli 12 10/5 2/9
16 Australia Caitlin Wood 11 10/5 1
17 Norway Ayla Agren 3 1/10 2
18 Poland Gosia Rdest 2 2/9
19 Italy Vicky Piria 1 1/10
20 United States Sabre Cook
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