This weekend sees the rapid return of W Series for Austria, following Round One last weekend in Styria. It’s the same track where we saw non-stop action from start to finish last week, so expectations are high this time around. Here’s what you should keep an eye out for heading into the new race weekend.
Can Powell Stay on Top?
After an absolutely dominant performance in Round 1, Alice Powell is the driver to beat this weekend. The question is, can she fend off everyone else to remain at the top of the Championship standings?
With two wins now under her belt, it wouldn’t be wise to rule her out of winning again in Austria. If she does, she’d become the driver with the most victories in the fledgling series.
But Sarah Moore wasn’t far away from her last time out and there’s plenty of other drivers such as Beitske Visser and Emma Kimiläinen that will be hungry to take as many points from her as they can. Almost needless to say, but the Championship race is on.
Will Chadwick Bounce Back?
Talking of the championship, it wasn’t the best way to start the new season for 2019 W Series champion, Jamie Chadwick. After plenty of drama last weekend, Jamie will be wanting a quiet but solid weekend where she can get herself a nice haul of points.
Known for consistent performances that are crucial in becoming a champion, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on her this weekend.
Rise of the Rookies?
Belen Garica, Irina Sidorkova and Nerea Martí were the standout rookies last weekend, with each of them finishing with decent points and Garcia tantalisingly close to a podium. It will be fascinating to see if these drivers can deliver such good performances again.
The remaining rookies of Abbie Eaton, Ayla Agren and Bruna Tomaselli will also be ones to watch. Agren nabbed a single point thanks to a post-race penalty slapped on Jess Hawkins, but will aim to be crossing the line in the top-ten this round.
With a race under their belts now and a knowledge of how things work in practice in W Series, they might just help to spice things up a bit come race day.
The Same, but Different
Round 2 of W Series will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. If that sounds eerily familiar to you, don’t worry – it should. That’s because there was a shakeup to the original 2021 W Series calendar. Rather than starting in France, W Series would get to have its first two races around the Spielberg Circuit.
ut that doesn’t mean we’ll get the same exact race as last weekend. Rain is always a factor in the Styrian mountains, so keep an eye out for that. But even without it, W Series has already proved it can have an epic race. All of us here at GP Grandstand can’t wait for lights out.