The all female W Series championship which made its debut in 2019 has been recognised by the Motoring Writers Guild at a special reception at the RAC this week for contributions to motoring.
The W Series inaugural champion Jamie Chadwick was named Driver of the Year and speaking about the award, Chadwick who will compete in season 2 of the W Series next season said:
This is an incredible honour and the icing on the best year of my racing career so far. To be mentioned in the same breath as many of my own sporting heroes is amazing, and one day I hope to be able to inspire a new generation of boys and girls in exactly the same way.
W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir commented on the award saying:
We’ve had an incredible debut season, and we’re honoured to have recognition from so many different quarters. Encouraging more women into motorsport is just a part of a better sporting world that we’re all striving for, where gender balance is the norm rather than a mission.
The Guild of Motoring Writers is celebrating 75 years and speaking at the award ceremony Chairman Richard Aucock said:
There was a very strong shortlist of exceptional contenders this year, but W Series stood out for its disruptive approach and strong mission-led vision in what is traditionally a male-dominated sport. If any of us had any doubts about its success, we only had to look as far as Jamie Chadwick, the first W Series champion, and a Williams Formula 1 development driver, and our Driver of the Year, for proof of what can happen in a single year. Massive congratulations to them both