The brand new Formula W Series starts this weekend - with David Coulthard, Ted Kravitz and Leigh McKenzie fronting the new C4 broadcasting team.
Designed to increase female participation in motorsport, the Formula W series is a category of open wheel racing created exclusively for female competitors. Utilising the spec Tatuus F4 chassis and forming part of the support package for the DTM touring car championship - beginning this weekend at the German Hockenheim circuit.
In something of a rarity for modern motorsport, the new category will also get its own free-to-air terrestrial TV deal thanks to Channel 4 in the UK, the British broadcaster is planning to show all rounds of the new series on their channel, and have secured big name broadcasting stars David Coulthard, Ted Kravitz, Leigh McKenzie and female BBC 5-Live Formula E commentator Claire Cottingham as part of their TV package.
How to watch W Series live - Broadcasting details HERE.
As well as a robust TV deal broadcasting arrangement, the new series will have an online streaming presence for those territories without traditional televised coverage. All the racing can be seen directly on the series official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
So, who will be driving this season?
After a challenging process of testing and elimination, 18 drivers from the original 100+ applications have been selected to take part in the opening season, with some big names from the world of international motorsport set to take to the grid. Former junior series champions and race winners are represented alongside a wealth of new talent, the full list of which can be seen below:
- Esmee Hawkey
- Gosia Rdest
- Fabienne Wohlwend
- Emma Kimiläinen
- Vicky Piria
- Marta García
- Caitlin Wood
- Jessica Hawkins
- Sarah Moore
- Alice Powell
- Tasmin Pepper
- Sabré Cook
- Megan Gilkes
- Jamie Chadwick
- Shea Holbrook
- Miki Koyama
- Beitske Visser
- Naomi Schiff
The new series is set to support the German DTM championship this season, and will consist of six rounds of 30 minute races at the Hockenheimring this weekend, Circuit Zolder on 17th - 18th May, Misano World Circuit in Italy on 7th - 8th June, Norisring on the weekend of July 5th, TT Circuit Assen on July 18th and finally heading to Brands Hatch for the season finale this August 10th - 11th.
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