Jamie Chadwick started the race in the second row of the grid after taking a two-place penalty after securing pole position in qualifying; the Jenner Racing racer regained the lead on turn four and avoided the drama behind when Abbie Eaton’s car went up on two wheels after the collision
By Emma Thurston
Last updated: 7/23/22 3:07 pm
Jamie Chadwick claimed his seventh straight W Series win after a dramatic race at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet.
The Jenner Racing driver lost pole position after being penalized two places after qualifying, but she made up for that in the opening lap by taking the lead in the fourth corner. She has since kept herself out of trouble when others were involved in incidents around a hot race track in France.
This result means Chadwick remains firmly in her position in the W Series standings and she can secure the championship in Hungary next weekend.
“I feel like it made up a little bit for yesterday,” Chadwick said after her fifth win of the season.
“I feel like I need to make amends for yesterday. Beitske [Visser] I’m always honest at first, but then I just put my head down and I’m happy to win. “
Second-place Belen Garcia took her first podium in the W Series, with Nerea Marti coming in third.
For the first time this season, Chadwick took a different look at the lights out with the cars ahead of her. Beitske Visser has been promoted to pole position with Marti alongside driver Sirin Racing in the front row.
Chadwick had Marta Garcia for company and Garcia was involved in the drama from the start. Garcia’s car was cut by Abbie Eaton’s Scuderia, and after overtaking on two wheels, Eaton’s day was completed in under 10 seconds.
Neither Garcia nor Eaton were hurt by the incident and in the meantime Chadwick had moved to P2. Then she created another position by going outside Visser at the age of three.
After the Safety Car arrived and the subsequent restart, Chadwick showed his dominance on the field and created a gap of nearly a second.
While she remained impressive up front, her Jenner Racing teammate Chloe Chambers was involved in an incident on turns three and four. Contacts from Emely De Heus not only end Chambers’ day, but earn Sirin Racing drivers are fined 10 seconds stop and go.
After the second phase with the Safety Car, Chadwick was once again hard at work on restarting and overcoming the challenge of Visser and Belen Garcia.
Chadwick increased his lead by more than two seconds on the final lap, while a wheel race between cortDAO teammates Fabienne Wohlwend and Marta Garcia began their race in their garage. In the end, Garcia was sixth and Wohlwend seventh.
The W Series season continues with its fifth event of the season next weekend in Budapest, live on Sky Sports. From there, the next races will take place in Suzuka, Austin and Mexico City.