W Series Zolder: Visser dominates disrupted race ahead of Chadwick

Beitske Visser took victory in the second W Series race with a commanding lead of almost eight and a half seconds over polesitter Jamie Chadwick at Zolder

W Series Zolder: Visser dominates disrupted race ahead of Chadwick

Visser narrowly missed out on pole to Chadwick in Saturday's earlier qualifying session, but capitalised on confusion over the waving of the green flag at the start to take the lead off the line.

The initial confusion was caused by a car failure for Sarah Bovy at the end of the formation lap, which subsequently bought out a safety car after the first few turns had been completed.

Despite an attempt from Chadwick to get by at the restart, Visser held onto the lead before another safety car period was triggered as a result of an incident involving Esmee Hawkey, Gosia Rdest and Vivien Kesztheyli - the latter making her W Series race debut in place of Emma Kimilainen, who was taken ill on Friday.

Visser retained the lead once again on the second restart and began to pull a dominant advantage over championship leader Chadwick, ultimately crossing the line to take her first victory in the series with a big margin of 8.451s.

Chadwick successfully defended from a challenge for second from Alice Powell in the closing stages of the race.

Powell made a late-move on Chadwick to take second, with the pair duelling wheel-to-wheel for a further lap before Chadwick finally retook the position on the inside of the second corner on the penultimate lap.

Marta Garcia, who finished third last time out at Hockenheim, just missed out on another podium and ended up fourth, having fended off pressure from Sarah Moore in the early part of the race.

Moore was then forced to turn her attention to defending from Tasmin Pepper and Fabienne Wohlwend in a race-long battle over fifth, sixth and seventh.

Miki Koyama also joined that duel in the second half of the race, in another impressive showing as she had risen from 13th on the grid and finished in eighth place.

Vicky Piria was ninth, maintaining her advantage over a chasing Naomi Schiff, who completed the top 10.

Result

Pos Driver Gap
1 Beitske Visser 32m28.495s
2 Jamie Chadwick 8.451s
3 Alice Powell 9.084s
4 Marta Garcia 12.279s
5 Sarah Moore 12.739s
6 Tasmin Pepper 13.185s
7 Fabienne Wohlwend 13.973s
8 Miki Koyama 17.654s
9 Vicky Piria 25.871s
10 Naomi Schiff 26.937s
11 Caitlin Wood 29.596s
12 Shea Holbrook 30.859s
13 Jessica Hawkins 39.274s
14 Megan Gilkes 47.413s
15 Sabre Cook 58.053s
- Gosia Rdest Retirement
- Esmee Hawkey Retirement
- Vivien Keszthelyi Retirement
- Sarah Bovy Not started

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Jamie Chadwick 43
2 Beitske Visser 37
3 Alice Powell 33
4 Marta Garcia 27
5 Sarah Moore 20
6 Fabienne Wohlwend 14
7 Tasmin Pepper 12
8 Miki Koyama 10
9 Vicky Piria 2
10 Gosia Rdest 2
11 Caitlin Wood 1
12 Naomi Schiff 1


shares
comments
W Series Zolder: Chadwick beats Visser and Powell to take pole
Previous article

W Series Zolder: Chadwick beats Visser and Powell to take pole

Next article

Misano W Series: Wohlwend beats points leader Chadwick to pole

Misano W Series: Wohlwend beats points leader Chadwick to pole
How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series Plus

How Chadwick's u-turn poses big questions for W Series

With two W Series titles under her belt, Jamie Chadwick appears to be the perfect candidate to break into FIA Formula 3. But a shock return to the series in 2022 appears a curious move – not just for her, but for the all-female series too

W Series
Feb 23, 2022
How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion Plus

How W Series' standout star took the challenge to its champion

Heading into 2021, much of the discussion around W Series centred on Jamie Chadwick and her fight for a second crown. Chadwick duly won out, but only after a season-long battle with Alice Powell, who came into the final double-header level on points and almost stole the show

W Series
Dec 2, 2021
How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers Plus

How Chadwick’s second W Series title poses more questions than answers

Jamie Chadwick successfully defended her W Series title as the series returned after a year out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She saw off a fierce fight from Alice Powell to keep the crown but with both looking to climb the motorsport ladder, what is next for both the two star drivers and series itself?

W Series
Nov 29, 2021
How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue Plus

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick finds herself in a predicament. The Williams F1 development driver has more than proven herself in the all-female series and has little to gain from returning. But where should she go next? And how will the series move forwards if she elects to take up her reserved slot on next year's grid? Whatever she decides, it poses important questions for the series' future

W Series
Nov 5, 2021
The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite Plus

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite

She came into 2021 as a W Series title contender, but Beitske Visser has had a frustrating season, marred by a horrific crash at Spa and floundering in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. After misfortune and on-track clashes, the Dutch driver wishes the season was just starting now

W Series
Oct 20, 2021
The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet Plus

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet

As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments

W Series
Sep 3, 2021
The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance Plus

The comeback trail Brit making the most of a second chance

After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future

W Series
Jul 30, 2021
Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return Plus

Why W Series' champion is taking nothing for granted ahead of its return

W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition

W Series
Jun 24, 2021