W Series Zolder: Reserve driver Bovy granted entry for home race

W Series has granted reserve driver Sarah Bovy the chance to make her race debut at Zolder this weekend, joining the grid as an extra entry for the second round

W Series Zolder: Reserve driver Bovy granted entry for home race

Bovy was announced as one of two W Series reserve drivers - alongside Vivien Keszthelyi - following the Lausitzring pre-season test in April.

Both drivers are ordinarily only set to take part in the first free practice session of a weekend in two extra W Series cars.

But W Series can opt to enter them in race events at its discretion and are constantly evaluated about the possibility of replacing full race drivers.

Bovy was 12th fastest in Friday morning's running and was then given the opportunity to also run in the second free practice session at her home event, ending the day in 15th place.

Bovy's additional entry will bring the W Series grid up to a total of 19 cars for the second weekend of its inaugural season.

"[W Series CEO] Catherine Bond Muir told me this afternoon," said Bovy.

"I could hardly believe it. She said it was my belated birthday present. It was such a fantastic surprise. I'm over the moon!"

Bond Muir added: "Sarah really deserves her chance.

"She's worked so hard all year, despite the natural disappointment of being named as a reserve driver rather than one of the initial 18 race drivers, and she performed very well today in FP1 and FP2.

"The fact that we're in Belgium, her home country, will add an extra local lustre to tomorrow's race."

Bovy's engineer for the weekend will be Amelia Lewis, who is on loan from McLaren, where she works as a factory-based performance engineer.

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