W Series came home to Silverstone this weekend and provided us with plenty of talking points by the time everything was said and done. Without any further ado, let’s get into what the main talking points were…
The Championship Battle is On!
“To race and win in front of this crowd is the stuff that dreams are made of and it was extra special to have my family here to see it” – Alice Powell
After the second race in Austria, everybody thought the 2019 W Series Champion, Jamie Chadwick, might run away with the title once again when racing resumed in Silverstone. But luckily from a fan perspective, this isn’t the case as Alice Powell has proven once again that she’s an almighty force to be reckoned with.
Just like at the opening round, Powell was fastest in practice, qualified on pole (with plenty of mega laps to boot) and then went on to win the race. Whilst the race itself was not plain sailing thanks to Fabienne Wohlwend, Powell was able to claim the lead of the race back to win convincingly at her home race.
She now sits six points clear of Jamie Chadwick as W Series heads to Hungary.
Best of British
“I would have loved the big points today, but we’ll keep chipping away in pursuit of the ultimate prize which is the championship.” – Jamie Chadwick
With six British drivers on the W Series grid at Silverstone, it was expected that a least a couple of them would finish in the points. But it was even better than we could have hoped for as all six finished inside the top ten, thus securing a massive haul of points for Team GB.
Powell won the race, with Chadwick in third and Sarah Moore putting in another solid and consistent race to finish seventh. Abbi Pulling, Abbie Eaton, and Jessica Hawkins then rounded out the top ten with eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
Pulling also deserves a special mention here as the British Grand Prix marked her W Series debut. The 18-year-old qualified in an impressive eighth place ahead of her points scoring finish. Brilliant stuff!
Beitske Bounced Back
After a bad run so far in 2021, Beitske Visser needed a good race this time out in Silverstone. So whilst it wasn’t perhaps the best race of her career, it was a solid one that enabled her to get her first points of the season.
A sixth place finish after qualifying fourth might sting a bit, but ultimately it’s a decent foundation to build on for the rest of the season and to try and claw her way back up the Driver’s Standings. The season isn’t over for her yet.
Character Building for Sidorkova
Academy Driver Irina Sidorkova had an unbelievable Austrian race where she finished second. But at Silverstone, her fortunes were reversed as she suffered from a poor qualifying session.
The Russian rookie was then unable to really recover during the race and had to settle for 15th place by the end of the race. Naturally, this is part of the learning curve for her but it also just goes to show that you can’t predict what’s going to happen in W Series from one round to the next. Another example as why every point available is so important to get.
Good News and Bad News
The good news is that both Fabienne Wohlwend and Emma Kimilainen had pretty good races, with the former getting another step further up on the podium!
Whilst Fabienne would have no doubt loved to win, a slight mistake cost her the race this time around. Despite this though, she sits fourth in the standings overall, just 20 points off Powell in first.
Kimilainen finished the race in fourth which was another solid result for her which keeps her in the championship fight. Knowing her though, she’ll be looking to push even harder to get back onto the podium next time out in Budapest.
“The season isn’t over and my win will come. It feels amazing to be back racing in front of this crowd, and I can’t wait for the rest of the season now.” – Fabienne Wohlwend
The bad news is that the two Garcias has a torrid day at Silverstone. Marta Garcia had a penalty coming into the weekend which, naturally, didn’t help things. But a final race result of 12th place is surely going to disappoint the Spaniard.
The same goes for Belen Garcia who was having a decent race until an untimely spin sent her tumbling down the order to finish in 17th. Both will be looking to put this weekend behind them and make up the ground next time the racing gets underway in W Series.