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W Series Hockenheim: Chadwick wins, Visser fourth



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                Jamie Chadwick is the winner of the first race ever in the W Series. The 20-year-old British lost the lead at the start of the race at Hockenheim, but quickly recaptured power and then went on to win. Beitske Visser worked his way up to P4.

Chadwick had taken pole position earlier in the day with a big show of power. The reigning champion in the MRF Challenge was almost two seconds faster in the wet qualifying than the rest of the participants. The race was on a dry Hockenheimring and again Chadwick was the best, although she had a hard time in the beginning.

After the red lights went out, Chadwick made a good start and after the first corner she already had a small margin to the competition. In the first round, however, she was braced for the hairpin and lost the lead to Sarah Moore, Chadwick had to connect to P2. Emma Kimiläinen had even less reason to laugh. The Finnish had qualified as fourth, but struggled to get off her starting position and it became even worse for her in the hairpin. Megan Gilkes completely missed her braking point and rammed Kimiläinen into the side. Both drivers remained unharmed in the crash, but their race was over.

The strong collision between Kimiläinen and Gilkes also led to a Safety Car situation. With twenty minutes to go – the race lasted 33 minutes plus one lap – the drivers were released again. In the second corner after the restart, Chadwick took the lead back from Moore and then steered it to the win without being threatened. However, the difference with the rest was not large. Alice Powell finished second at 1.3 seconds of the winner, Marta García third at 1.7 seconds of Chadwick.

Visser finished fourth at 3.5 seconds from Chadwick. The Dutchman remained in qualifying due to a turbo problem on P8, but was already in the race after one lap on P6 after overtaking Vicky Piria and Kimiläinen's loss. After the restart, Visser also charged Fabienne Wohlwend for P5. Moments later this even became P4 because Moore went wide in the hairpin and fell back.

Visser then immediately tried to get through by opening the attack at García for third place, but this attempt was unsuccessful. In the following laps, Visser herself was under pressure, but she successfully defended herself against Wohlwend. In the end Visser finished 2.3 seconds ahead of number five. That was Moore, who passed Wohlwend later in the game. Behind number six Wohlwend, Miki Koyama, Tasmin Pepper, Gosia Rdest and Caitlin Wood completed the top ten. Naomi Schiff, born in Antwerp, the daughter of a Belgian father and a Rwandan mother, raised in South Africa, currently living in Germany and racing under the German flag, became fourteenth.


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