W Series Zandvoort: Powell wins again to draw level with Chadwick

Alice Powell took her third W Series win of the season at Zandvoort, drawing level in the points standings with pre-event leader Jamie Chadwick as polesitter Emma Kimilainen finished third.

W Series Zandvoort: Powell wins again to draw level with Chadwick

Starting second, Powell swept up the inside of Spa winner Kimilainen to take the lead at Turn 10 on lap six.

Chadwick (Veloce Racing) had looked sure to catch her fellow Brit at points, but Racing X’s Powell had built up a substantial lead at the 20-minute mark and crossed the line 2.8 seconds ahead after 20 laps.

The two title protagonists both sit on 109 points with two races to go at the Circuit of the Americas and Mexico City, although Powell has more three wins to Chadwick's two. Nearest rival Kimilainen sits 34 points behind.

W Series Academy driver Nerea Marti held her fourth position on the grid to the flag ahead of Jess Hawkins and Belen Garcia.

Kimilainen survived dipping a wheel into the gravel at Turn 12 on the formation lap to lead at the start, with Powell and Chadwick staying close behind her into Tarzan.

Behind the leaders, Belen Garcia took seventh at Turn 4 from a slow-starting Abbi Pulling - who had dropped from fifth in her second W Series start.

With five minutes complete, Kimilainen had built up a 1.1 second lead over Powell, while Chadwick followed close behind her.

The 2019 champion had set the fastest lap in the early stages, but Powell soon went quicker and closed rapidly on Kimilainen.

Jamie Chadwick, Race winner Alice Powell and Emma Kimilainen celebrate on the podium

Jamie Chadwick, Race winner Alice Powell and Emma Kimilainen celebrate on the podium

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Powell sold Kimilainen the dummy at the Turn 10 left-hander on lap six, before Chadwick followed past onto the pit straight later around the same lap.

Kimilainen quickly fell back from the leaders, but held Marti at bay behind her, as Powell edged away from Chadwick.

With overtaking at a premium on the fast Zandvoort sweeps, Chadwick stayed behind to the flag as Powell scored her first win since Silverstone in July.

On the final lap, Powell's protege Pulling passed Garcia at Turn 3 in a great overtake to take seventh position.

Having missed last week's race at Spa after a huge qualifying shunt at Eau Rouge, Beitske Visser finished 12th - struggling all weekend with sore ribs and engine problems.

Bruna Tomaselli finished 17th after a formation lap spin.

W Series Zandvoort results

Cla Drivers Gap
1 United Kingdom Alice Powell  
2 United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick 2.871
3 Finland Emma Kimilainen 9.913
4 Nerea Martí 12.157
5 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins 13.944
6 United Kingdom Abbie Eaton 14.996
7 Abbi Pulling 15.889
8 Belén García 16.637
9 United Kingdom Sarah Moore 17.357
10 Japan Miki Koyama 20.943
11 Italy Vicky Piria 21.937
12 Netherlands Beitske Visser 22.126
13 Irina Sidorkova 22.714
14 United States Sabre Cook 31.479
15 Norway Ayla Agren 31.664
16 Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend 41.428
17 Brazil Bruna Tomaselli 48.240
18 Spain Marta Garcia 49.462
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