The next mountain W Series must climb
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The next mountain W Series must climb

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Through a controversial concept launch, one of its drivers making it into a Formula 1 role and format experiments coming under the glare of TV lenses, the W Series has made a promising start. But the second year will be its biggest test yet

If the follow-up album is the hardest for a new band that's made an impact with its debut, then the same logic can be applied to the second season of an all-new single-seater racing championship - and this is exactly the challenge facing W Series as its inaugural season draws to a close at Brands Hatch next weekend.

Via the controversy over its single-gender concept when it was launched, its big-name backers in David Coulthard and Channel 4, and its lofty mission statement to 'change the face of racing': from the get-go, W Series has been able to capitalise on heightened publicity and attention that is otherwise not afforded to other junior single-seater championships at a similar Formula 3 level.

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