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W Series race 2 at the Circuits of The Americas in Austin, Texas on October 24, 2021. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

A flawless performance at the Circuit of the Americas saw Jamie Chadwick (Veloce Racing, GBR) take her second consecutive race victory at the season-ending double-header and become a two-time W Series champion. The 23-year-old Briton – who won the seventh race of the season in Texas on Saturday – completed a perfect weekend by leading from pole position to the chequered flag and recording the fastest lap in Sunday’s race. Jamie beat Abbi Pulling (PUMA W Series Team, GBR) by five seconds to claim her fourth victory of the season, successfully defend the title she won in W Series’ inaugural season in 2019 and scoop the $500,000 top prize and maximum 15 FIA Super Licence points on offer.

Alice Powell (Racing X, GBR) went into the season finale as the only driver who could deny Jamie the title, and the 28-year-old finished sixth on Sunday to end the season 27 points behind Jamie in the championship. Emma Kimiläinen (Ecurie W, FIN) scored her fourth straight podium finish to seal third place in the standings.

Abbi continued her run of improving in every W Series race she has competed in by getting her maiden podium finish on her fourth appearance. That result saw the youngest driver on the grid in Austin end the season in seventh place in the championship. The top eight drivers qualify automatically for the 2022 W Series season, and Beitske Visser (M. Forbes Motorsport, NED) claimed the eighth and final spot by coming home fifth on Sunday. Sarah Moore (Scuderia W, GBR) finished fourth in the race and fifth in the championship – one place behind Nerea Martí (W Series Academy Team, ESP) and one ahead of Fabienne Wohlwend (Bunker Racing, LIE).

Sixteen drivers started the final race of the season following the withdrawals of Abbie Eaton (Ecurie W, GBR) and Marta Garcia (PUMA W Series Team, ESP). Abbie suffered a T4 compression fracture during yesterday’s race at COTA, while Marta was unwell. W Series wishes both drivers a speedy recovery. On an overcast and damp morning in Austin, the front-row line-up was the same as it was for Saturday’s opening race of the weekend but with roles reversed, Jamie starting from pole position and Abbi from second on the grid. In front of a capacity crowd of 140,000, Jamie got a great launch off the line to leave Abbi in her wake and establish a lead of 1.5 seconds over the rookie by the end of the first lap.

Behind the leaders, Emma made up three places on lap one – going from sixth to third – while Alice overtook team-mate Jessica Hawkins (Racing X, GBR) for seventh position. Fabienne dropped out of the top 10 after running over the kerbs on the exit of Turn One – a move which forced her to retire from the race due to suspension damage in the closing stages.

Jamie set the fastest lap after seven minutes to increase her advantage, which stood at 1.9 seconds with a third of the 30-minute race gone. Alice was 10 seconds off the lead and lapping one second per lap slower than Jamie, as she came under pressure from home favourite Sabré Cook (Bunker Racing, USA) who had made her way past Jessica for eighth position. With 17 minutes remaining, Sarah overtook Beitske for fourth on the inside at Turn One.

Jamie continued to post consistent lap times in the clean air and led Abbi by three seconds at the halfway stage with Emma a further second adrift in third. With 10 minutes to go, Alice attempted to pass Belen Garcia (Scuderia W, ESP) at Turn One, but was too late on the brakes and ran wide on the exit of the corner to hand the place straight back to the Spaniard.

Jessica went for an overtake on Sabré at Turn 12 with six minutes left on the clock, but the pair made contact and spun as the former tried to go up the inside. Two minutes later, Alice finally made a move on Belen stick at the first corner to take sixth place, and that was the last of the overtaking action among the front-runners as Jamie cruised to victory. (Source: W Series)

Jamie Chadwick
“That was a mega end to a mega year. It feels so good to finish it off like that – what a win! Thank you to W Series, Veloce, Formula 1 and everyone who’s supported me. It means so much to defend my title. It’s been really hard work this year as I’ve been pushed all the way by Alice [Powell]. The stakes were higher this weekend with the double-header, but to seal it by winning both races makes it so much sweeter and I’m delighted to come out on top. Massive congratulations to Alice who’s pushed me really hard, and it was a tough weekend for her with some issues which were out of her hands. I’ve got an amazing relationship with the Williams F1 team who have helped me win this championship so I’m really grateful to them. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I’ll enjoy this moment and go from there.”

Abbi Pulling
“I didn’t quite believe it when I crossed the line. I’m gutted that I couldn’t put a bit more pressure on Jamie [Chadwick] but she just had the legs on me and I was maintaining the gap behind. Emma [Kimiläinen] was trying to put pressure on me, but I kept my head pretty composed and made sure that the tyres lasted the whole race because that’s what I struggled with yesterday – I learnt a lot from that race and took it into this one.

“I didn’t expect to be here this year, so to have been at three race meetings and get into the top eight in the championship is very special. I wanted to get in the top 10 so finishing seventh has exceeded all of my expectations. This weekend has been one to remember. As happy as I am about my result, I’m really gutted for Alice [Powell] and how the championship fight ended for her. I wish that she didn’t have the problems she had at the start of the weekend, and I know how she must be feeling right now. She’s given me so much support throughout the year and I wouldn’t be standing here now if it wasn’t for her. She’s taught me all I know.”

Emma Kimiläinen
“Another podium finish feels good. I was trying to catch Abbi [Pulling], but I ended up with quite a lot of understeer and when you are driving behind someone you get aero wash, especially in those fast corners in sector one. It was so hard, I couldn’t turn the car and lost everything I gained in sector three. I did my best, brought the podium home and, after starting from sixth, I must be happy with that. Third place in the championship is a really good job. Unfortunately, the first half of the season was a little bit flat for me but, luckily, I got to turn it around and it has shown me that I have the potential to win the title next year.

“I really want to thank my team Ecurie W. I have had some changes with engineers this season and it has worked really well. We were struggling so much this weekend in the practice sessions, but then we figured it out and I am so proud of my team who have worked so hard. Greetings to my other engineer, Danny, who was watching from another race meeting today. I miss you. Thanks to Laney who was here with me and really supportive. I am blessed to be working with such talented people.”

W Series Race 2 Results

155Jamie Chadwick1633'48.906
249Abbi Pulling1633'53.9365.0305.030
37Emma Kimilainen1633'56.1157.2092.179
426Sarah Moore1634'04.76315.8578.648
595Beitske Visser1634'09.96721.0615.204
627Alice Powell1634'13.71524.8093.748
722Belén García1634'15.59226.6861.877
832Nerea Martí1634'18.41329.5072.821
917Ayla Agren1634'18.79529.8890.382
1020Caitlin Wood1634'25.77536.8696.980
1197Bruna Tomaselli1634'27.15538.2491.380
1254Miki Koyama1634'31.59742.6914.442
1337Sabre Cook1634'32.62943.7231.032
1411Vicky Piria1634'34.21545.3091.586
1521Jessica Hawkins1634'46.31557.40912.100

W Series
W Series drivers are selected purely on their ability and the series’ cars are mechanically identical, which means that W Series races and championships will be won by the most talented drivers, rather than those with the wealthiest backers. The more high-profile female role models it can create, the more W Series believes it will inspire young girls to go karting, bringing more females into the grassroots of the sport. Central to W Series’ mission is the idea that if you can see it, you can be it. This year W Series will race alongside Formula 1 at eight Grand Prix weekends.

Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is the premier destination for world-class motorsports and entertainment in the United States. Just outside downtown Austin, Circuit of The Americas has hosted the biggest names in racing, action sports and music. At its heart is a 3.41-mile racetrack that was designed to challenge the world's most exacting competitors while providing a thrilling spectacle for audiences.

The 20-turn, counterclockwise circuit takes advantage of the naturally undulating landscape, including an intimidating 133-foot hill at Turn 1. It has hosted the Formula 1 United States Grand Pix, MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, ESPN's X Games, the FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and more. Nestled within the track is Germania Insurance Amphitheater, the largest permanent outdoor amphitheater in Central Texas, and its 251-foot signature observation tower.

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