Motor racing history is made

With fewer than 24 hours to go until the first ever W Series race, the countdown is now on.

Today, 18 W Series drivers plus two reserves took to the iconic Hockenheim circuit for their first day of Free Practice in identical W Series Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars. Dry and bright conditions during FP1 this morning gave drivers a good opportunity to familiarise themselves with the 2.842-mile (4.574km) circuit, which provides plenty of opportunity for overtaking and wheel-to-wheel racing. But as weather conditions deteriorated over the course of the afternoon, the prospect of a wet FP2 became a reality. So it transpired but, despite the mixed conditions, the leader board remained consistent across both sessions, Jamie Chadwick (GBR) clocking the fastest lap (1min 38.650sec in FP1), closely followed by Emma Kimilainen (FIN) and Fabienne Wohlwend (LIE).

Now all eyes are on tomorrow, when history will be made with the running of the inaugural round of the first ever single-seater series for female drivers only.

The race will be broadcast live in the UK on Channel 4, coverage starting at 14.45 local time.

Catherine Bond Muir, W Series Chief Executive Officer said:

“Today was the first day of competitive running for W Series. Yes, our drivers have tested our cars before, at Almeria and at Lausitzring, but today, the first day of our first race meeting, was always going to be special.

“Moreover, I was delighted to see so many fans stopping our drivers to request autographs and selfies. It’s clear that W Series has really captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the DTM faithful.

“Let’s hope for a great day tomorrow.”

Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director said:

“The first day of running for W Series is complete and I’m really pleased with how it has gone.

“This morning it was dry which I was happy with and all the drivers all did well. This afternoon it was wet but it’s going to be wet tomorrow so we’ll see how it ends up.

“Our drivers have done a great job, the team has done a great job and everyone behind the championship has done a great job. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and another great day.”

Full Free Practice Results

FP1

PositionNo.DriverNationalityLapsBest time
155Jamie Chadwick   GBR191:38.650
27Emma KimilainenFIN151:39.010
35Fabienne WohlwendLIE181:39.072
499Naomi SchiffDEU201:39.176
595Beitske VisserNLD    18   1:39.226
626Sarah Moore GBR191:39.540
785Miki KoyamaJPN161:39.568
827Alice Powell   GBR191:39.597
931Tasmin Pepper RSA191:39.598
1019Marta GarciaESP19 1:39.781
1158R Sarah Bovy BEL19 1:39.793
1220Caitlin Wood AUS191:40.073
1349Megan Gilkes             CAN191:40.184
1411Vicky PiriaITA191:40.364
153Gosia Rdest   POL191:40.463
1637Sabre CookUSA171:40.541
1777R Vivien KeszthelyiHUN    201:40.777
1821Jessica Hawkins GBR131:40.784
1967Shea HolbrookUSA71:45.875

FP2

PositionNo.DriverNationalityLapsBest time
155 Jamie Chadwick GBR191:56.007
27Emma Kimilainen      FIN      16        1:56.781
35Fabienne WohlwendLIE     17        1:57.004
495Beitske VisserNLD181:57.225
527Alice PowellGBR171:57.324
626Sarah MooreGBR161:57.514
719Marta GarciaESP161:58.159
811Vicky PiriaITA161:58.255
920Caitlin WoodAUS161:58.771
1085Miki KoyamaJPN171:58.831
112Esmee HawkeyGBR141:59.713
1249Megan GilkesCAN171:59.924
1321Jessica HawkinsGBR112:00.657
1499Naomi Schiff
DEU162:01.511
1531Tasmin PepperRSA52:02.389
1637Sabre CookUSA112:02.414
173Gosia RdestPOL172:02.651
1867Shea HolbrookUSA152:02.768
1958R Sarah BovyBEL72:04.392
2077R Vivien KeszthelyiHUN32:42.032