WSeries: British driver Chadwick dominates Misano round and leads points standings

WSeries: British driver Chadwick dominates Misano round and leads points standings

Twenty-one-year-old Jamie Chadwick (GBR), from Bath, UK, scored a finely judged victory at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, finishing just half a second ahead of Beitske Visser (NDL) in second place. Third was Fabienne Wohlwend (LIE), from Liechtenstein, who had taken pole position this morning.

At the start, Fabienne made a mediocre start, and found herself under pressure from Alice Powell (GBR) as they approached Turn One. The two cars touched – a collision that the race stewards swiftly judged to be a racing incident that warranted no penalty for either driver – pitching Alice’s car skywards and then into the gravel trap, ending her race there and then.

A short Safety Car period ensued, after which the three leaders – Jamie, Beitske and Fabienne, nose to tail in that order – put on a high-speed high-quality display, drawing clear of the rest of the field yet running always nose to tail themselves. In fourth place, albeit a few seconds behind Fabienne in third, was local hero Vicky Piria (ITA), but Miki Koyama (JPN), who had been quickest in FP2 yesterday, was putting Vicky under a lot of pressure and, intrepid overtaker that she is, she found her way past the Italian on lap nine.

W Series races are of a half-hour’s duration plus one lap, and at the 15-minute mark, half distance, the order was: Jamie, Beitske, Fabienne, still nose to tail, followed by Miki and Vicky, behind whom there was a small gap to Marta Garcia (ESP) in sixth just ahead of Tasmin Pepper (RSA) in seventh. Behind Tasmin, slowly dropping back, was Sarah Moore (GBR), doggedly defending a train of tightly packed cars all snapping at one another’s heels behind her.

By lap 10 Beitske was applying huge pressure on Jamie, never more than half a second behind her and often much less than that, but Jamie defended with a maturity and finesse that belied her young age, and, although several times Beitske got incredibly close, she was never able to essay a genuine overtaking manoeuvre. Even so, despite the ferocity of their battle for the lead, Jamie and Beitske began to inch ahead of Fabienne, who began to drop back inexorably, unable to keep pace with the two championship leaders, Jamie and Beitske, at the head of the field.

With eight minutes to go, the order was still unchanged, albeit the undiminished proximity of the leading pair made it a tense procession. Fabienne was still in third place, now confident that her car had not been damaged in any way by the early contact with Alice’s car, a few seconds ahead of Miki, now racing all alone in fourth place, ahead of Vicky in fifth, also running a lonely race.

On lap 12 Beitske launched a final offensive, posting a fastest lap of 1min 34.797sec, after which her front wing appeared almost attached to Jamie’s rear wing, so close were the two leading cars. On lap 15 Beitske lowered the bar again, posting a new fastest lap of 1min 34.613sec, but still Jamie held her back, cleanly and skilfully maintaining her advantage and taking the chequered flag 0.587sec ahead of the flying Dutchwoman.

In third place, after a fine drive, was Fabienne, a further 1.698sec behind Beitske, ahead of Miki (P4), Vicky (P5) and Marta, driving another unobtrusively competent race to P6, having successfully withstood a race-long attack by Tasmin, who finally had to settle for P7.

On the final lap, after having defended so resolutely for so long, Sarah was finally unable to keep Sabre Cook (USA) behind, the 24-year-old American taking eighth place after an impressive run from her P15 grid slot. Sarah therefore picked up two points for ninth, and the final point was taken by Vivien Keszthelyi (HUN), one of two reserve drivers who had started the race, the other being Sarah Bovy (BEL), who finished 12th.

Catherine Bond Muir, W Series CEO:
“There may not have been a whole lot of overtaking here at Misano this afternoon, but the race was enthralling nonetheless.

“Jamie drove brilliantly, recording her second win in three races, this time under prodigious pressure from Beitske, and I applaud both of them for putting on such a classy show of top-quality single-seater motor racing. They finished first and second in the race and it’s no surprise that they’re also first and second in the points table, Jamie leading Beitske by 68 points to 55.

“I was also very impressed by Fabienne, who took the pole this morning with a scintillating lap, and then, despite contact with Alice on lap one, recovered to race smoothly and surely to third.

“Behind Fabienne, Miki drove very well to finish fourth, while the local crowd were understandably pleased to see Vicky finish a fine fifth.”

Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director:
“It was a bit unfortunate that the race started with a Safety Car deployment – maintaining W Series’ unenviable record of Safety Cars in all our races so far – but the race stewards made the right decision to apportion no blame to either Fabienne or Alice for their coming-together and, once the Safety Car had been recalled, what we then saw was a very fine motor race.

“Jamie’s performance was superb – she drove as fast as she needed to, but no faster, calmly repelling Beitske’s increasingly determined efforts to pass her, and duly adding 25 points more to her tally.

“I’d like to say ‘well done’ to Fabienne too. She wasn’t able to convert her excellent pole position into a win, but her third place was well earned and well deserved.”

Jamie Chadwick: “After Zolder, when I didn’t convert pole position into a lap-one lead, I really wanted to get my start right here at Misano.

“I knew there would be an opportunity down the inside so I really focused on getting that right, which fortunately I did. After that, I felt I had good pace, but Beitske kept me honest the whole way. She was always very close but I concentrated on not making mistakes, trying to reel off the laps in without making any errors.

“I managed to do that to the end, but it made for a long, hard race. She was always close, as I say, but I was under the most sustained attack from her in sector three. It’s a tricky section – you come off the back straight and into the braking zone where it’s all too easy to lock the rears and miss a downshift. But I knew that, if I didn’t make a mistake, I’d have it covered. That being the case, although she was always in my mirrors, I kept telling myself to keep my head down and focus on my own race rather than on what she was doing behind me.

“Luckily, the tyre degradation wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, so I was able to stay ahead and take a really important win.”

Beitske Visser: “I was obviously trying to put pressure on Jamie all race long, and I certainly did that, but my strongest part of the lap was the last sector and in the last sector it’s pretty much impossible to overtake.

“In fact it’s quite hard to launch an overtaking move anywhere on this circuit, because you get quite a lot of understeer when you follow another car very closely. Well, I was following Jamie very closely, trying to tip her into making a mistake, but she never made one and by the end of the race my tyres were past their best owing to the understeer I’d been fighting.

“Obviously I’d prefer to have won, but second place represents 18 useful points and at the Norisring next time out I hope I can do better in qualifying and convert a good quali into 25 points.”

Fabienne Wohlwend said:
“I was confident coming here because I know the circuit well. I drove my very first Formula 4 race here in 2014, and last year I won both races here in the Ferrari Challenge.

“Even so, I was absolutely delighted to get pole position this morning. It was such a good lap – I felt fast and confident all the way around. My engineer told me ‘You’re P1’ on the radio, and, when I drove into the pits, I was watching the screen and I saw that I was still P1, and then I burst into tears because I just couldn’t believe it.

“Even then, sitting in the car, I was so afraid that Jamie and Beitske were going to beat me on their very last laps, but then I was climbing out of my car and my engineer was telling me ‘It’s OK, you’re still P1’ as the chequered flag was being waved. It was overwhelming.

“Obviously the race didn’t start so well for me, however. It was my first ever pole position start in a single-seater, and I didn’t get an ideal launch. Alice, who’d qualified on the second row, came around the outside of me – I could barely see her actually – and I think we both hit the brakes quite early, our tyres touched, and she flew into the gravel trap.

“Obviously I’m glad she’s fine but, at the time, I was worried that my front wing might have been damaged, but I just kept going flat-out, hoping everything was OK. So it seemed and actually my pace in the first of the race was very good but every time I got close to Beitske, just ahead of me, I got bad understeer.

“Overall, I’m just really happy that I could race at Jamie’s and Beitske’s pace today, and stay right with them, but at the end of the race doing that became difficult because my tyres really weren’t that good any more. But I collected 15 valuable points, and it’s my first time on the podium for W Series, so I’m very happy.

“I’m already looking forward to the Norisring. I raced in the Audi TT Cup there in 2017, and it’s a really interesting circuit,  so I’m quite confident of doing well there and hopefully getting another podium finish.”

 

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1 hr ago

MotoGP

What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

A very dangerous game yet we love it soooo much. Thanks to all rider who deliver a very competitive race every year. Dovi n Fabio, speed recovery please. I believe anyone who sit on that situation cant avoid hitting the loose bike.

Quel dommage pour ces deux superbes pilotes! #20

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

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Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

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I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Did anybody know if they have injuries?

Gutted for my dovi04. Bad luck for you. Speedy recovery . Hate to see riders go down like that! Glad both are ok. 👍

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Such a bad luck for Dovi 🤷🏻‍♂️

Hope Dovi is ok and back racing real soon

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

Motogp actually got a mention on BBC!

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

Unlucky that's only an expression thoug ☺ but they're desire a luck to fulfilling their achievement

Any update news from medic about dovi's situation?

Arrêtez vos titres racoleurs... Y a rien de dramatique... L'accident de Marco Simoncelli ...ça c'est dramatique ,pas 2 mecs qui se pèlent et qui se relèvent tant bien que mal, c'est chiant c'est douloureux c'est désolant pour leur championnat mais pas dramatique...

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2 hrs ago

MotoGP

"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Here his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

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Congratulations to Rins and Suzuki can’t wait to see the Suzuki boys at Phillip island 🌴

Great rider coming up 👌

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A fantastic demonstration of race craft by Rins. A brilliant race. Congratulations.

Well done mate a great ride.

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!

Congrats Alex!!

Congratulations

Good to see marquez not on the top step this time. Congratulations Rins! Shame for Dovi.

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

Suzuki is the best

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

#MAESTRO 🔥👌❤ WELL DONE RINS

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.

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Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

Love this guy so honest not like MM93

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

Il lui as mis sa dose au Marquez. 2 gp de suite qu'il se fait cramer 😂😂😂 #marqueznecongelepluslecarburant

Please tell him Marquez is still not a legend yet.

Rins what a guy 🤙go suzuki 😁

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14 hrs ago

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

My pick is Red Bull and Honda. They were a distant third, and they showed that careful hard work done with purpose makes progress. They’re certainly not outspending Ferrari, but managed to leapfrog them with smarter and more effective development

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19 hrs ago

F1

The crash 💥 The surprise 😱 The battle ⚔️

Spa treated us to a scintillating race last season ⚡️
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I can't wait for next weekend. Spa always produces some awesome action

That Vettel move was such a good sign and made so much hope for the title in 2018, but then horror began and continued until today 😞 I hope that Vettel will win at least one of the next two races, maybe the last chances this year

The circuit spa is amazing..

I was there with my son. Last year

Leclerc was lucky with the halo there. Things could have ended very badly.. Also, the 4 car moment at the end of the first sector was amazing👌

Counting the days and hours for the arrival of the weekend. It is impressive, the spectacles provided in this SPA GP!

I remember this race.The best thing was Ocon almost overtook Vettal overtaking Hamilton. Ocon has to sit in the Mercedes at some point in the future.

What a race! Hoping for the same again next week 👍

Was that the very last time Vettel won a race? Wow an entire year has gone by.

Going to be interesting this year, couple nice long almost straights that Ferrari can hopefully lay down the power, those midrange corners that Red Bull look so comfortable going through at high speed, than the tighter sections that Mercedes just seems to find seconds on other cars, needless to say either Ferrari or Red Bull let the Mercedes go and that’s race over, but Charles or Max get in front of Lewis it’s going to be a great race

I have a feeling that the Ferraris will do it again. We will not hear the name verstappen so much this weekend.

Lets see next week if merc and redbull will match the straigth line speed of ferrari. Cant wait the qualifying and race on sunday.

Was a good race, hoping this yr will be just as good

I wanna know what LeClerc's thoughts process was as a McLaren flies over the top of him 😂

Clamoroso come Charlie Whiting aspettò che Vettel superasse Hamilton per dare il via alla Safety Car

Beyoncé would be proud of the Halo!

So the halo works。。👍🏼👍🏼

People cry about the halo but Charles had luck to have it.

What an overtake from Ferrari that was ...I missed the 2018's Ferrari ....not this SP90

This Race showed why the Halo Makes completly sense. Leclercs carrer could have Ended Right there

That's also why "even" Perez is a better racer than Ocon. My opinion. Look at the drag race after Eau Rouge coming up to Le Combes

Waited until Seb past Hamilton to safety car the race...who remembers this🤦🏾‍♂️🤔

Was there watching sat in the stadium right on that corner, exciting stuff!

Only one week to go, before lights out!

According to the Finnish media, Mercedes is gonna announce Bottas staying for 1 more year.

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