Defending W Series champion Jamie Chadwick says she is really happy after scoring her first win of the 2021 season at the Red Bull Ring for Veloce Racing following a dominant light to flag victory in Austria on Saturday. Speaking following the action, Chadwick who came home ahead of Irina Sidorkova commented following the race saying:

“I’m really happy. I knew I’d be pushed hard by Beitske [Visser] after the great battles we had together in 2019. I don’t know what happened to her at the start but that obviously helped me and allowed me to build a gap, maintain it and just control the race. I’m so happy to get my first win of the season after last weekend. There was so much to work on after last week, but I took the positives and went into this week with more fire in my belly to turn it around and I did just that.

The win has moved Chadwick into the lead of the championship as she heads to her home race in Silverstone in two weeks time with a three-point advantage over her compatriot Sarah Moore who finished today’s race in fourth place.

Irina Sidorkova commented on her podium for the W Series Academy Team saying:

“I made a big step forward from last week. I got a great start today and made three overtakes straight away to go from fifth on the grid to second. I corrected all the mistakes from last week, I was calm and didn’t feel nervous and that’s the reason why I finished second. I feel so comfortable with the car now and I think I was faster, not because of changes to the car, but because of my experience of driving the circuit from last week.”

Ecurie W team’s Emma Kimilainen completed the podium and speaking following the action, the Finn said:

“I got a good start and then just controlled my race so I could manage the tyres and catch Irina [Sidorkova] at the end of the race when her tyres were older, but I didn’t have enough laps to pass. It’s been a long time coming for me because I didn’t do any racing last year and my last race was the last race of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch. Last week wasn’t great, but I had a good chat with the engineers to figure out the car and get it working better for me to match my driving style and that’s what we did.”

Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Team Manager, Veloce Racing) said:

“An excellent job by all. Jamie [Chadwick] had a point to prove after last week and the way she went about winning that race was utterly dominant from start to finish. Bruna [Tomaselli] also was the star rookie and they’ve certainly cemented Veloce as title contenders. We’ve got a short break before our home race at F1’s British Grand Prix weekend and we’ll be doing all we can to repeat this performance in front of the home crowd.”

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