Jamie Chadwick secures the first ever W Series championship at Brands Hatch.
Having set off on her quest to become champion of the new all female W Series category in the best possible style at the Hockenheim season opener back in May, Jamie Chadwick has finally crossed the line to take the season trophy, taking two wins from five podiums in the seven round series - capping an impressive year that has seen the official Aston Martin junior driver catapult herself into the motorsports spotlight this season.
Ending the year on home soil at Brands Hatch, Chadwick would only manage to convert her Pole Position into a final fourth place finish at the chequred flag, but that would be enough to see the British youngster crowned the inaugural W Series champion by 10 points, from the Netherlands Beitske Visser. Fellow Brit Alice Powell would end her season on a high, securing her first win of the campaign at Brands Hatch on the way to wrapping up third overall in the championship standings.
With the W Series title now confirmed, and with it the cheque for $500,000, Chadwick is understandably delighted to bring home the silverware in what has been a solid first season for the new initiative.
“This year has been a whirlwind, and today’s race was more intense than any other racing day I’ve ever had. Even though I finished only fourth, I was just so happy finally to cross the line and secure the championship" said the newly crowned title winner.
“The whole W Series experience has been incredible. At the beginning of the year I thought it just might be a great season. I suspected that W Series had the potential to be something big, but I never expected it to be this big. Obviously, each race has got bigger and better but coming here to Brands Hatch, my home circuit, well, I’ve simply never experienced anything like it. I’ve never felt attention from the spectators as much as I did today, and that really is a credit to W Series. It’s been an incredible opportunity for all of us, and the things I’ve been able to go on to do alongside W Series have made it by far the best year of my career so far.”
Chadwick remains the official development driver for the Williams F1 team, alongside her role as an Aston Martin junior in their GT programme, and is set to look at options to further her career in the weeks and months ahead.
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