With summer break coming to an end, W Series heads into round five of the championship at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Going into the second half of the season the battle to crown the W series champion could not be closer. A single point separates Veloce Racing driver Jamie Chadwick and fellow British rival and Racing X driver Alice Powell.
By Vicki Merrick
Spa is one of the most unpredictable circuits due to the region’s changeable weather. Sudden storms can make one side of the circuit dry and the other side wet and that can lead to interesting races. The Racing Director of the all-female single-seater series, Dave Ryan said, “At Spa, there is a distinct possibility that the drivers will see changeable weather conditions for the first time this season and, should that be the case, it will be very interesting to see how they cope.”
W Series champion from 2019 and Williams Academy driver, Chadwick is currently leading the 2021 championship. Chadwick: “I’m feeling really positive. The first four races have gone very quickly and all of us have experienced ups and downs so far. But my confidence is really high after winning the last race in Hungary and that gives me good momentum going into the second half of the year.”
Back at the Hungaroring, Chadwick took a clean sweep of pole position, fastest lap, the win and regained the championship lead. “The victory in Budapest felt like an important one. I had lost the championship lead at the previous round at Silverstone and knew that finishing behind Alice (Powell, ed.) again would make winning the championship a real challenge and force me to be very attacking in the second half of the year. So, to regain the championship lead and do it in the fashion I did was a real boost.”
“I’ve enjoyed some downtime during the four-week summer break. It’s been nice to get away on holiday and do some different training too – I did a triathlon a couple of weeks ago which I’ve been looking forward to for ages – so I’m feeling fresh and hoping that I can hit the ground running at Spa.”
After a year out of single-seater racing, Powell has had a great start to the season. “The first half of the season has flown by and I can’t believe there are only four races left. I didn’t expect to be in this position – just one point behind Jamie (Chadwick, ed.) at the top of the championship standings – because I had been out of the car for a long time before winning race one in Austria whereas Jamie had a full year’s racing last year. It’s going to be extremely close in the second half of the year, but my plan is the same – to take one race at a time and be as consistent as I can. I’m sure that’s the same for Jamie too, so it’s going to go down to the wire and hopefully I’ll come out on top.”
“It’s been nice to have a four-week break after the previous round in Hungary,” she added “but I’ve been as busy as ever, only having four days at home in that time before travelling to Spa because I’ve been away from coaching the young drivers I work with. So not much has changed for me and I’ve just been training as hard as I can.”
One bad round
The first half of the season brought highlights for Chadwick and Powell, both winning two races apiece along with taking pole positions and fastest laps. Ryan said, “Chadwick and Powell have been the standout performers so far this season, but there is still a long way to go, and one bad round could give lots of other drivers an opportunity.” The fight for third has heated up, with W Series Academy driver Nerea Martí just one point ahead of British driver Sarah Moore and only three points separating third and seventh.
With a point between Chadwick and Powell and neither racing a Spa-Francorchamps for a few years, round five is set to be an exciting one.
Click the banner below if you want to support F1 Feeder Series so it can continue to be great. This is our only stream of income so everything is welcome!