Brands Hatch W Series: Powell wins finale, Chadwick champion

Jamie Chadwick sealed the inaugural W Series title by securing fourth place in the Brands Hatch season finale, which was won by Alice Powell.

Brands Hatch W Series: Powell wins finale, Chadwick champion

Chadwick led the early stages of the race from pole, ahead of Powell and Assen winner Emma Kimilainen, as Esmee Hawkey stalled from third on the grid.

Beitske Visser, who trailed Chadwick by 13 points ahead of the race, had started fifth, and though she managed to overtake Fabienne Wohlwend in the opening laps, she started to slip away from the leading trio of Chadwick, Powell and Kimilainen.

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Powell put the pressure on Chadwick as the race approached half-distance, with the Williams Formula 1 development driver forced to defend over a series of laps.

That allowed Kimilainen to close the gap also, with both Powell and Kimilainen ultimately overtaking Chadwick at once through Paddock Hill Bend and up into Druids.

Powell and Kimilainen then began to extend a lead of almost nine seconds ahead of Chadwick, as Visser began to inch closer to her title rival in the fight for third.

Miki Koyama, who had already taken a penalty for being out of position on the grid, suffered a spin at the entry to Sheene Curve, prompting a safety car and closing up the pack.

That allowed Visser to overtake Chadwick for the final podium position - again at Sheene Curve - upon the restart, but fourth was still enough for Chadwick to claim the title and the $500,000 top prize along with it by 10 points.

Up front, Powell held on for her first win of the season by half a second from Kimilainen, elevating herself to third in the standings. 

Wohlwend finished fifth just behind Chadwick and ahead of ex-GP3 racer Vicky Piria, who made up four places from 10th on the grid.

Jessica Hawkins ended the final race of the year in seventh place, with Marta Garcia in eighth after overtaking Sabre Cook at Graham Hill Bend on the restart.

Sarah Moore completed the top 10, while Hawkey ended up down in 16th after having to serve a jump-start penalty.

The top 12 drivers in the final standings are guaranteed places on the 2020 W Series grid, while the remainder will have to re-apply for a spot in the series next year.

Caitlin Wood and Gosia Rdest, who held 11th and 12th places heading into the race, were both jumped by Cook and Hawkins, while Hawkey also missed the cut along with Naomi Schiff, Vivien Keszthelyi, Shea Holbrook, Sarah Bovy and Megan Gilkes.

Race results:

Cla # Drivers Laps Time
1 27 United Kingdom Alice Powell
21 31'24.967
2 7 Finland Emma Kimilainen
21 31'25.478
3 95 Netherlands Beitske Visser
21 31'30.751
4 55 United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick
21 31'34.288
5 5 Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend
21 31'34.699
6 11 Italy Vicky Piria
21 31'35.697
7 21 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins
21 31'36.027
8 19 Spain Marta Garcia
21 31'36.580
9 37 United States Sabre Cook
21 31'37.146
10 26 United Kingdom Sarah Moore
21 31'38.387
11 20 Australia Caitlin Wood
21 31'38.848
12 31 South Africa Tasmin Pepper
21 31'39.188
13 3 Poland Gosia Rdest
21 31'39.702
14 77 Hungary Vivien Keszthelyi
21 31'43.623
15 99 South Africa Naomi Schiff
21 31'45.552
16 2 United Kingdom Esmee Hawkey
21 31'45.722
17 67 United States Shea Holbrook
21 31'45.806
18 49 Canada Megan Gilkes
21 31'46.648
19 58 Belgium Sarah Bovy
21 31'47.028
20 85 Japan Miki Koyama
19 31'47.093
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