— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) May 4, 2019
Motorsports history was made on Saturday in Hockenheim as the new all female W Series held their inaugural race at the German circuit.
Jamie Chadwick who dominated practice and qualifying ahead of the 30 minute race made a great start but lost the lead on the opening lap, however she soon retook thread in chlenging conditions to take her first win in the series.
Speaking following the race, Chadwick said:
The win feels great. Going into the race, the conditions were tricky which made things a bit more difficult but off the back of qualifying and the back of yesterday, I really was pushing to get the first win.
“Losing the lead to Sarah caught me out a bit. I couldn’t get the car stopped at the hairpin and had a bit of an issue where I couldn’t get down the gears but, when the Safety Car went back in, I knew I had a good opportunity get the lead back and win.”
Chadwick was joined on the podium by fellow Brit Alice Powell who came home in second place and speaking following the race, Powell said:
It’s great to be back on the podium especially given how the weekend started for me.
“The free practices didn’t really go to plan and I struggled a bit with the car so I knew that I really had to get a good start.
“Then, after that, I was strong through the fast corners and that’s where I tried to maximise my performance, open the gap and retain my second place.”
Spanish driver Marta Garcia completed the podium in third place and speaking following the race she said:
It feels really good to be on the podium. My performance yesterday was not so good but this morning I really felt that I improved in the wet which meant I started the race from P5.
“My start was good, I was fast throughout the race, and I’m really happy with how I did.
W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said:
After a huge amount of hard graft by the W Series team – a small band of dedicated and talented individuals whom I’m proud but humbled to work with – it was truly emotional to see our 18 cars line up on the Hockenheim grid this afternoon.
“What then followed was a brilliant race, full of wheel-to-wheel action all the way down the field. Jamie led from pole, but I was impressed to see Sarah quickly wrest the lead from her. At the Safety Car restart Jamie reasserted herself, and the battle for victory then became a two-car fight between her and Alice. They both drove extremely well but Jamie judged things perfectly to hold on to win, and I was delighted to see one of our youngest drivers, 18-year-old Marta, finish third – her first podium finish in a single-seater race.
“Did W Series make history today? Some people have been kind enough to use those words, but it isn’t for me to say. What I will say, though, is that today was a great day for women in motorsport and women in sport, and there will be more such days to come, starting at Zolder [Belgium] in two weeks’ time.”
W Series Racing Director Dave Ryan said:
“I don’t have a lot to say, but I do want to say this: I’ve had a lot of highlights in my racing career, but today is right up there.
“It was a superb race, everyone did a brilliant job, and congrats to them all.
“Next up: Zolder!”