Hungarian racing driver Vivien Keszthelyi, 18, one of two W Series reserve drivers, will make her W Series debut today, at Zolder, one of 19 drivers who will race here this afternoon.
Vivien will replace Emma Kimilainen, 29, who has been advised by Hintsa Performance, W Series’ contracted health and wellbeing experts, not to drive today.
W Series CEO, Catherine Bond Muir said:
“It’s unfortunate that Emma has been taken ill, but we all wish her a speedy recovery.
“Vivien will now step up and compete in Emma’s place, something that she’s been preparing to do in her role as one of W Series’ reserve drivers.”
Vivien Keszthelyi said:
“I’m sorry for Emma, of course, but otherwise I’m surprised but pleased to be offered this chance.
“I feel completely prepared for this last-minute opportunity and look forward to making my W Series debut this afternoon.”
Emma Kimilainen said:
“I understand the medical advice that Hintsa Performance has given, although I’m obviously frustrated not to be competing today.
“I ran competitively yesterday and had been very much looking forward to racing today.
“However, it became clear during the course of yesterday that the lap-one shunt I was involved in at Hockenheim two weeks ago had triggered a recurrence of an old injury.
“Obviously I very much hope to be back in the W Series car at Misano in early June.”