Monday, Aug 12 08:00am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Jamie Chadwick wins inaugural W Series

The road to Formula 1 just got a little bit easier for Jamie Chadwick who has won the inaugural W Series and $500,000 in prize money.


The 21-year-old won two of the six rounds with podiums in almost all of the other races held on the DTM support card.


Chadwick claimed the title with 110 points over Dutch driver Beitske Viseer (100) and fellow countrywoman Alic Powell (76), who both won races during the season.


Powell ended the championship with a win at Brands Hatch ahead of Emma Kimiläinen from Finland and Visser in third. Chadwick started the race from pole position but fell to fourth by the end of the race.


“To be the inaugural W Series champion is simply unbelievable,” Chadwick said.


“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.”


What lies ahead for Chadwick is unknown at the moment. The British driver has ties to Williams Racing and would logically make the step from the Formula 3 Regional chassis to the Formula 1 supporting FIA Formula 3 Championship that Marcus Armstrong and Liam Lawson currently contest.


In total $1.5 million will be distributed throughout the field. The top 12 drivers from this year’s championship are automatically eligible for the 2020 season.