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


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