CHADWICK TAKES POLE FOR INAUGURAL WSERIES RACE
Brit Jamie Chadwick has dominated a wet qualifying in Hockenheim to take pole position for first ever WSeries race weekend.
After leading both yesterday's practice sessions, Jamie Chadwick has claimed a dominant pole position for the inaugural WSeries race in Hockenheim, finishing with a 1.7sec gap advantage on the competition.
As predicted, the session started under rainy conditions and the track remained wet throughout the running duration, with rain intensifying during the last minutes.
Chadwick lead early on the session and kept improving her performances until she managed to lap under the 2 minutes mark. She was the only driver able to do so.
Yesterday top drivers Wohlwend and Kimilainen reaffirmed themselves as Chadwick faster contenders so far, with Wohlwend claiming the second position and first row in her career's first formula race.
Kimilainen struggled with traffic initially, then managed to put in some fast laps in the latter stages of qualifying. She will start 4th, ahead of fomer karting sensation Marta Garcia.
An impressive Sarah Moore will join her on the second row, starting in 3rd. Other English lady Alice Powell stayed in the mix as well, but ultimately finished 6th, despite a trip in the gravel in the closing minutes which brought out the red flag and terminated the qualifying. Her #27 Tatuus did not sustain any damages.
Piria was 7th fastest and will join Beitske Visser on the fourth row. Visser's performance was influenced by a turbo issue half-way through the session and only rejoined the action to take the red flag before she could set a faster laptime.
Esmee Hawkey and Gosia Rdest rounded up the top ten.
Naomi Schiff, after a promising first practice, ended her qualifying efforts in 15th place, one position ahead of Japanese Miki Koyama.
Shea Holbrook had a very tough session marked by a couple of spins in the grass and will start the race on the last spot of the grid.
The lights will go green in Hockenheim at 16:15 local. Fans in countries without TV deals in place will get the chance to follow the action live on the series' facebook and twitter live streaming.
In Jamie's words:
“I'm British. I like the wet.”
Ph credits: WSeries media