Beitske Visser wins round 2 of Wseries in Zolder
Visser has become the second WSeries winner after an impressive race in Zolder, Belgium.
Beitske Visser took the lead at the green flag after a hesitant start from polesitter Jamie Chadwick.
The Safety Car was immediately deployed for the stopped car of local driver Sarah Bovy, who couldn't take the start for an evident mechanical issue from the last row.
At the restart, Visser kept the lead over Chadwick, while not far behind Esmee Hawkey tried an audacious move on the inside at turn 8 on Gosia Rdest, crashing into the side of the Polish driver and causing the retirement of both. Also involved in the incident was Vivien Keszthelyi, who had stood in for the unlucky Kimilainen.
The remaining 15 cars then followed the Safety Car again for most of the first stages of the race.
As the track was cleared, the leading trio of Visser, Chadwick and Powell took control and opened a gap on the rest of the field. Behind them, Marta Garcia was closely followed by Sarah Moore in a hard battle for 4th place.
In the compact midfield, Wohlwend locked up in an attempt to pass Pepper for 6th, but she ultimately couldn't complete the move.
Sabré Cook was handed a drive through penalty for causing a collision, out of the cameras sight. She rejoined 15th.
The fight between Garcia and Moore saw Pepper, Wohwend and Koyama joining in, with Moore making a little mistake at turn 8 and going sideways, but managing to defend her position from a once again convincing Pepper.
The South African kept putting pressure on Moore by trying different lines for several laps, but uncessfully.
Holbrook passed Hawkins, moving up to P12 and showing some solid race pace.
Vicky Piria, who had started 9th, overtook Caitlin Wood to regain her starting position.
But when the race for the podium positions seemed to had settled down, it was Alice Powell to light the fight with Chadwick, as she pulled an outstanding move on the outside of turn 8 and found a way past the current championship leader at the following corner after some exciting side by side action.
Jamie Chadwick's counterattack came soon after, as the two British drivers almost made contact at turn 1 and, after a hard but fair battle, Jamie regained P2.
Visser took advantage from the fight behind her, opening a safe gap of almost 8 seconds on her closest rivals.
On the last lap, Schiff passed Wood for the last point-paying position, demoting the Australian to 11th.
Dutch Visser then crossed the finish line safely in first, taking her first victory of the season and thus grabbing second place in the standings, 6 points behind Chadwick, who finished second.
“ I continued to add to that gap slowly, lap by lap, until I could see Jamie and Alice in my mirrors, fighting each other. At that point I realised I was going to be able to bring it home.” - an emotional Visser said after the victory.
Powell took third and got to stand on the podium again after Hockenheim.
Marta Garcia reaffirms herself as one of the series leading drivers as she finished P4, ahead of Sarah Moore, Tasmin Pepper, Fabienne Wohlwend and Miki Koyama.
Piria was classified 9th at the time of publication, but her position might be under review for a potential jump start.
WSeries has provided once again some incredibly entertaining action despite a tricky track layout and will now be back in 3 weeks time in Misano, Italy.
“ WINNERS❗️ Perfect race!!😁That champagne tastes good🍾😉 ”
Ph credits: WSeries media