Brands Hatch W Series: Emma Kimilainen leads both practice sessions

Emma Kimilainen topped both free practice sessions for the inaugural W Series finale at Brands Hatch on Saturday

Brands Hatch W Series: Emma Kimilainen leads both practice sessions

Assen winner Kimilainen set a lap time of 1m23.365s around the midway point of the second free practice session, having also set the pace in the morning in changeable conditions.

Alice Powell ended the day second fastest, just ahead of championship leader and Williams Formula 1 development driver Jamie Chadwick in third. Chadwick had set the second fastest time in the morning session.

Miki Koyama was the first driver to set a lap time in the dry afternoon session, recording an initial benchmark of 1m30.55s, which was quickly deposed by Kimilainen and Chadwick shortly afterwards. Koyama eventually settled in fourth place on the timesheets.

Jessica Hawkins - who is fighting for her place on the W Series grid in 2020 and needs to jump up the points standings from 14th to 12th this weekend - was fifth fastest on Saturday.

Fabienne Wohlwend caused a late red-flag when she ran into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend in the final five minutes of practice, but had set a time of 1m24.813s earlier on to remain in sixth place.

Championship contender Beitske Visser was seventh - having run as high as fourth at one point - and almost a second adrift of Chadwick, who will win the inaugural W Series title as long as she finishes on the podium.

Visser had improved from her morning performance, where she ended up last in the field after having completed just seven laps before being confined to the garage with an apparent technical issue.

Sarah Moore was eighth, ahead of Marta Garcia who improved on her final lap to elevate her to ninth and demote Sabre Cook outside of the top 10, with Cook having also caused a short red-flag period due to a spin.

Vicky Piria, who like Hawkins and Cook is in the battle for a crucial top 12 place in the championship, completed the top 10.

Practice one times

Pos Driver Time Gap
1 Emma Kimilainen 1m33.427s -
2 Jamie Chadwick 1m33.848s 0.421s
3 Sarah Moore 1m34.467s 1.040s
4 Jessica Hawkins 1m34.741s 1.314s
5 Alice Powell 1m35.180s 1.753s
6 Esmee Hawkey 1m35.226s 1.799s
7 Fabienne Wohlwend 1m35.238s 1.811s
8 Vicky Piria 1m35.349s 1.922s
9 Marta Garcia 1m35.483s 2.056s
10 Gosia Rdest 1m36.804s 3.377s
11 Sarah Bovy 1m36.882s 3.455s
12 Sabre Cook 1m37.050s 3.623s
13 Tasmin Pepper 1m37.573s 4.146s
14 Caitlin Wood 1m37.591s 4.164s
15 Megan Gilkes 1m38.373s 4.946s
16 Shea Holbrook 1m38.427s 5.000s
17 Vivien Keszthelyi 1m39.234s 5.807s
18 Miki Koyama 1m39.996s 6.569s
19 Naomi Schiff 1m40.167s 6.740s
20 Beitske Visser 1m42.073s 8.646s

Practice two times

Pos Driver Time Gap
1 Emma Kimilainen 1m23.365s -
2 Alice Powell 1m23.648s 0.283s
3 Jamie Chadwick 1m24.295s 0.930s
4 Miki Koyama 1m24.529s 1.164s
5 Jessica Hawkins 1m24.722s 1.357s
6 Fabienne Wohlwend 1m24.813s 1.448s
7 Beitske Visser 1m24.982s 1.617s
8 Sarah Moore 1m25.001s 1.636s
9 Marta Garcia 1m25.081s 1.716s
10 Vicky Piria 1m25.189s 1.824s
11 Sabre Cook 1m25.210s 1.845s
12 Tasmin Pepper 1m25.372s 2.007s
13 Esmee Hawkey 1m25.442s 2.077s
14 Megan Gilkes 1m26.255s 2.890s
15 Gosia Rdest 1m26.256s 2.891s
16 Shea Holbrook 1m26.386s 3.021s
17 Sarah Bovy 1m26.398s 3.033s
18 Caitlin Wood 1m26.413s 3.048s
19 Naomi Schiff 1m27.244s 3.879s
20 Vivien Keszthelyi 1m27.542s 4.177s

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