Chadwick is first champion of all-female W Series

Jamie Chadwick racing in the W Series

In winning the first ever all-women's championship, Chadwick netted $500,000 in prize money but there is surely a bigger end goal for arguably the most talented female driver in motorsport.

Winning the W Series secures Chadwick a $500,000 prize payout, created to aid her progression in the next level of motorsport. She has already taken on testing duties at Williams, not to mention a junior contract at Red Bull, and makes no secret of her resolve to defy the doubters by showing that a woman can hold down a race seat in F1.

Chadwick blasted off the grid at the start, leading Alice Powell and Assen victor Emma Kimilainen in the first half of the race.

The 21-year-old had started from pole position in front of her home crowd as clear favourite, 13 points clear of Dutch title rival Beitske Visser who lined up fifth, but she made hard work of it.

The Briton failed to secure the podium finish she needed to guarantee the title, slipping from the lead to finish fourth - the only time in the six-race season she has finished outside the top three.

The race came alive as Powell attacked on the inside at turn one.

'I'm relieved. It feels unbelievable to win the championship.

'There's no certainty as to whether I'll be back, ' she said. "I would have liked to have dominated, but it means that I've had some good racing this year, which is ultimately what they are out to achieve".

"It'll sink in soon I'm sure, but it hasn't yet", said Chadwick on the official W Series website.

"I think a lot of people have started to change their minds about it and see it for what it is and what the W Series are trying to do".

Alice Powell's victory saw her claim third in the W Series championship, with fellow British racers Sarah Moore and Jessica Hawkins taking 8th and 12th overall respectively. Jamie did really well to try and fight me around the outside but I managed to muscle it out and take the lead at Druids.

W Series Chief Executive Catherine Bond Muir has promised extra European rounds for 2020, with the series looking to expand further across the globe in the following years.



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