Majestic Chadwick defends W Series title with flawless Austin performance

Jamie Chadwick closed the curtain on what has been a memorable W Series season with back-to-back victories in the series decider in Austin, Texas.

After skipping a year of the ground-breaking single seat series for female drivers only, the 2021 season has been an absolute classic, Brits Chadwick and Alice Powell locked together on 109 points apiece going into the season decider.

Yet it was the 2019 champion who once again showed her class, the Williams Development Driver winning both races to crown a glorious campaign.

“That was a mega end to a mega year. It feels so good to finish it off like that – what a win! Thank you to W Series, Veloce, Formula 1 and everyone who’s supported me,” commented the victorious Chadwick.

“It means so much to defend my title. It’s been really hard work this year as I’ve been pushed all the way by Alice [Powell]. The stakes were higher this weekend with the double-header, but to seal it by winning both races makes it so much sweeter and I’m delighted to come out on top. Massive congratulations to Alice who’s pushed me really hard, and it was a tough weekend for her with some issues which were out of her hands.”

Chadwick laid the foundations on Saturday, nipping ahead of pole-sitter Abbi Pulling into the first corner and never looking back to seal her third victory of the season. The job wasn’t done, however, as Powell also had a sensational race, storming from 10th on the grid to take the final podium spot.

It meant that both Chadwick and Powell still had a chance of claiming the title on Sunday. And a sixth-place finish meant that her excellent season charge ultimately ended with second in the championship, Emma Kimilainen’s third place finish meaning she secured third place in the standings.

Yet to the victor goes the spoils, Chadwick scooping the $500,000 top prize and maximum 15 FIA Super Licence points on offer.

“I’ve got an amazing relationship with the Williams F1 team who have helped me win this championship so I’m really grateful to them. I don’t know what’s next for me, but I’ll enjoy this moment and go from there.”

Catherine Bond Muir, Chief Executive Officer, W Series added her congratulations to the newly crowned double champion.

“First and foremost, huge congratulations to Jamie [Chadwick] on becoming the 2021 W Series champion. Jamie has displayed remarkable consistency this year and been rewarded for her resilience having been pushed all the way by Alice [Powell].

 

“Alice will be disappointed having come so close to winning her maiden title, but that is because she too is a champion who has been a credit to herself and W Series this year. Their enthralling title battle has captivated huge audiences around the world and the only way is up for them both. I will watch their progress with great pride.

“I am sad that the season is over because it has been such a successful one. Our landmark partnership with Formula 1 – the world’s premier motor racing series – has given our immensely talented group of drivers the chance to showcase their skills on the sport’s biggest stage, and they have seized the opportunity with both hands.

“I would like to thank Formula 1 and all of our partners – Acronis, Bristol Street Motors, Heineken, Hankook, PUMA, ROKiT, Ferrari Trento, U-Mask and Waterbox – for their continued support. Roll on 2022!”

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Fraser Masefield

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