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Chadwick vs Visser: Brands Hatch set for maiden W Series showdown

Monday, July 22 2019

Motor racing's hottest talking point of 2019 comes to the boil when the first ever W Series champion is crowned on the full Grand Prix circuit on Sunday 11 August.

The all-female single-seater series has taken the sport by storm this year, and it's all going down to the final race with Britain's Jamie Chadwick the favourite to make history and claim the unprecedented prize fund to aid her future career.

Chadwick has been the class of the W Series field this year with two wins, and she has finished on the podium in every championship race - the only exception an eighth place finish last time out at Assen in a non-championship reverse grid contest.

Chadwick will be confident too, as she has race-winning form at the venue. Only last year she wrote herself into the record books as the first woman to win a round of the British F3 Championship at the same venue.

The 21-year-old's rival for the crown is Dutch ace Beitske Visser, who herself has failed to finish outside the top-four in all of five points-scoring races so far this year. The highlight of Visser's season was an impressive win at Zolder, and she'll need to repeat that at Brands Hatch to have a realistic chance of taking the crown.

Chadwick leads Visser by 13 points meaning that the latter has to finish on the podium to have any chance at all of overhauling her opponent. Any podium result will be enough to guarantee Chadwick the title.

Others to look out for will include Alice Powell, who has finished on the podium in each of the races she's made it to the chequered flag. Her title charge was tempered by consecutive retirements at Misano and the Norisring, but she'll be aiming to end the season on a high on home soil.

Marta Garcia will be another to watch, as one of the championship's young breakout stars following her win on the Norisring street circuit, whilst Emma Kimilainen has risen to fifth in the standings following a superb win last time out at Assen.

There is plenty at stake for all of the other drivers on the grid too, with a places on next year's grid up for grabs. A finish in the championship's top-12 will be enough to secure your place on the grid for another year, so there is all to play for. Those who don't make the cut will have to re-enter the series' re-evaluation procedure to earn a spot in the 2020 championship.

Amongst those fighting for position are three more British hopefuls: Sarah Moore, Jessica Hawkins, and Esmee Hawkey.

The W Series race will take place on the Sunday of the DTM race event at Brands Hatch, with the headlining German touring car championship racing once on each day. Sunday will also play host to a special Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 demonstration with David Coulthard behind the wheel.

Sunday tickets for the DTM event, featuring F1 demos from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and the W Series season finale, are available in advance from £30 with FREE entry for under 13s. For more information and to book, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.