W Series US: Chadwick crowned champion after dominating finale

Jamie Chadwick was crowned the W Series 2021 champion after dominating the second W Series race of the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.

W Series US: Chadwick crowned champion after dominating finale

The 2019 champion took her second consecutive title in Austin with a lights-to-flag victory, cruising across the line almost five seconds ahead of second placed Abbi Pulling, having also won Saturday’s race.

Season-long title rival Alice Powell had entered the weekend level on 109 points with Chadwick, but finished Sunday’s race in sixth, leaving her second in the drivers’ standings.

Powell suffered a poor qualifying session on Friday, starting 10th in Saturday’s race before fighting through the field to take third. She started ninth on Sunday.

The 2021 W Series title hands Williams development driver Chadwick 15 FIA superlicence points and $500,000, with Powell earning 12 points as runner-up.

Fellow Brit Pulling took her first series podium in second place despite only competing in four races this season, with her points total putting her in eighth overall and earning her a guaranteed spot on next year’s grid.

Emma Kimilainen took third place in the season finale, also taking third in the standings, with Sarah Moore in fourth and 2019 series runner-up Beitske Visser in fifth.

Marta Garcia and Abbie Eaton were unable to start the final race of the season – the former because of illness, while the latter suffered a compression fracture in yesterday’s race.

Jamie Chadwick leads Abbi Pulling

Jamie Chadwick leads Abbi Pulling

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Chadwick got a great launch off the line while Visser and Kimilainen tussled for third around the first lap, with the latter having made up three places from the start.

Despite her best effort, Powell struggled to pass Garcia, while Moore fought Visser for fourth into lap six with a bold but failed move up the inside on Turn 1, before finally making it past the Dutch driver the following lap.

By the halfway point, Chadwick had built up a 2.3s lead, with Pulling in second and Kimilainen in third.

Powell almost passed Garcia with 10 minutes to go, going up the inside at Turn 1, but failed to slow in time and suffered a slight lock-up, allowing the Scuderia W driver to hold her position.

Fabienne Wohlwend was forced to pit after reporting steering issues, ending her race having been running in 10th.

Jessica Hawkins and Sabre Cook made contact down in the battle for eighth into Turn 12 as Hawkins went up the inside, causing them both to spin and dropping Hawkins to 12th and Cook to last place at her home race. The incident will be investigated after the race.

Powell continued her push behind Garcia into the final five minutes, right on her gearbox into Turn 19 before finally taking P6 after Garcia ran wide at Turn 1.

COTA W Series race 2 result (16 laps):

Cla Drivers Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick 16 33'48.906  
2 Abbi Pulling 16 33'53.936 5.030
3 Finland Emma Kimilainen 16 33'56.115 7.209
4 United Kingdom Sarah Moore 16 34'04.763 15.857
5 Netherlands Beitske Visser 16 34'09.967 21.061
6 United Kingdom Alice Powell 16 34'13.715 24.809
7 Belén García 16 34'15.592 26.686
8 Nerea Martí 16 34'18.413 29.507
9 Norway Ayla Agren 16 34'18.795 29.889
10 Australia Caitlin Wood 16 34'25.775 36.869
11 Brazil Bruna Tomaselli 16 34'27.155 38.249
12 Japan Miki Koyama 16 34'31.597 42.691
13 United States Sabre Cook 16 34'32.629 43.723
14 Italy Vicky Piria 16 34'34.215 45.309
15 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins 16 34'46.315 57.409
  Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend 9 19'37.843 7 Laps
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