Defending W Series champion Jamie Chadwick of Veloce Racing took pole position for Saturday’s race at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium following a dramatic session that saw six cars involved in an accident. Paddock Eye has learned that Ayla Agren has been released from the hospital while Beitske Visser tweeted:

Jamie Chadwick commented following her qualifying run saying:

I’m really pleased with how qualifying went. However, the red flag at the beginning, after quite a scary accident, was a worry. Of course, all the drivers are just hoping that those involved are okay.

“Qualifying was difficult with the conditions. On some parts of the track it was raining and then some parts were bone dry. Weather like that is quite challenging to manage and you cannot make a mistake. It was tricky at the start of the session when the rain was falling, but when we got going again after the red flag I started to get some proper laps in.

“Anything could happen tomorrow, as we’ve seen with the weather at Spa before, so I have to be quick to react. But I’m just happy to be starting on the front row and I don’t mind if it is a wet or dry race tomorrow.

Chadwick is joined on the front row by her main championship rival, Alice Powell of Racing X and speaking following the action Powell commented saying:

Qualifying was a bit frustrating as I think I had more pace in me. But unfortunately, I got stuck in traffic and didn’t have enough time to back off as another car was behind me. The traffic was frustrating, but I’m still on the front row of the grid so who knows what will happen tomorrow.

“I hope that everyone in that crash is okay. The track was slippery as it had started to rain, so I completely understand how the drivers went through that corner and spun. This is Spa and, as we’ve seen today, the conditions can be unpredictable with rain in one part of the track and sunshine in another.

“I’d prefer a dry track tomorrow. I hope to get a good tow up the straight and see some clean racing. Spa is a challenging circuit – one of the most challenging circuits we have been to this season, particularly due to the weather.

Nerea Martí commented saying:

“I’m really pleased to have qualified third. But unfortunately, I have a four-place grid penalty as I went too fast after the chequered flag at the last race. However, I feel prepared for tomorrow and will push a lot.

“Today was difficult as the weather was so unpredictable. I hope that all the drivers involved in the accident are okay. Personally, I would prefer a wet track tomorrow. With my penalty, a wet track presents more overtaking opportunities and will allow me to make up a few positions.”

W Series Race Director Dave Ryan said:

Today’s qualifying was an eventful session to say the least. Spa is always quite eventful and today certainly proved to be for us. It was very unfortunate to have the accident at the beginning of the session, but thankfully it seems that everyone is okay. The cars have stood up unbelievably well to what looks like a massive crash, which is good to see too. Jamie did a great job to stay focused and get pole.

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