Jamie Chadwick has become the inaugural W Series champion, having clinched the first ever single-seater championship for female drivers only at the final round at Brands Hatch.

The 21-year old from Gloucestershire started from pole position and led at the start, but with a 13 point advantage over second-placed Beitske Visser (The Netherlands), Chadwick didn’t have to win the race to win the title – and the top prize of US$500,000.

It was another British driver, Alice Powell, who won the final race – expertly managing a late Safety Car period to lead home Finland’s Emma Kimilainen. Visser finished third to secure her championship runners-up spot, while champion Chadwick crossed the line in fourth.

“To be the inaugural W Series champion is simply unbelievable,” said Chadwick. “It’ll sink in soon I’m sure, but it hasn’t yet.

“This year has been a whirlwind, and today’s race was more intense than any other racing day I’ve ever had. Even though I finished only fourth, I was just so happy finally to cross the line and secure the championship.

“The whole W Series experience has been incredible. At the beginning of the year I thought it just might be a great season. I suspected that W Series had the potential to be something big, but I never expected it to be this big. Obviously, each race has got bigger and better but coming here to Brands Hatch, my home circuit, well, I’ve simply never experienced anything like it. I’ve never felt attention from the spectators as much as I did today, and that really is a credit to W Series. It’s been an incredible opportunity for all of us, and the things I’ve been able to go on to do alongside W Series have made it by far the best year of my career so far.”

Jamie Chadwick wears a Stilo ST5 FN 8860 helmet supplied by Nicky Grist Motorsports.

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