Jamie Chadwick bought the defence of her W Series title off to the proper begin, profitable the opening race of the third collection in Miami on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Briton, who gained the primary two editions of the all-women championship, had by her personal admission hoped to have moved on by now. But she was unable to land a aggressive drive in F3 or F2, and as a consequence finds herself again in W Series.
With some extent to show, Chadwick (Jenner Racing) gained a scrappy race that includes two security vehicles by passing rival Emma Kimilainen (Puma W Series) in a last lap shootout following the withdrawal of the second security automobile.
The race was largely irritating from a viewers’ perspective. Nerea Martí (Quantfury Racing) had taken pole however the Spaniard was one in every of quite a few drivers who stalled on the grid. That allowed Chadwick, ranging from second, to take the lead. The Briton was swiftly beneath strain from Kimilainen.
Behind them, final season’s runner-up Alice Powell (Click2Drive Bristol Street Motors) had a catastrophe, dropping from third on the grid to seventeenth earlier than crashing out on the opening lap, little question pissed off by her sluggish begin.
That incident introduced out the primary security automobile, which took up a lot of the allotted time as marshals cleared up the particles.
The race ultimately restarted from the pitlane, with Kimilainen instantly swarming throughout Chadwick.
With seven minutes remaining the Finn managed to sneak previous her rival and Chadwick’s efforts to hit again appeared doomed following the deployment of a second security automobile, this one the results of a crash between Abbie Eaton (Scuderia W) and Fabienne Wohlwend (CortDAO Racing).
However, in scenes paying homage to final 12 months’s F1 title decider in Abu Dhabi, that security automobile was introduced in with one remaining.
Showing good race craft, Chadwick managed to get the run on Kimilainen on the house straight earlier than ducking beneath the Finn as she outbraked herself attempting to reclaim place into flip one. Kimilainen ultimately missed out on the rostrum altogether following late contact, permitting Marta Garcia (CortDAO Racing) and Jess Hawkins (Click2Drive Bristol Street Motors) to take second and third respectively.