The British Grand Prix weekend ia always an important event on the motorsports calendar. But this year, not only are some of the most passionate fans back in the grandstands, the ground breaking W Series will see them cheer on their heroes for the first time.
And the vociferous home support will have even more reason to cheer, as Jamie Chadwick (Veloce Racing), Sarah Moore (Scuderia W) and Alice Powell (Racing X) occupy first, second and third respectively in the standings.
As the championship currently lies, it’s Chadwick who leads her compatriots thanks to a stunning victory in Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring. Snapping close on her heels are Moore and Powell, who are looking to dethrone the 2019 champion.
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“It’s going to be an incredible weekend,” said Moore, who lies just three points behind Chadwick. “It’s one thing racing at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport, but to get the opportunity to race on the biggest weekend of the year in support of the British Grand Prix will be something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
“I’ve raced at Silverstone a few times before and have done quite well there, so I’m hoping I can repeat that this weekend. I don’t like the slower, stop-start circuits, so the flowing, rhythmical nature of Silverstone suits me. However, it is also very technical in places and if you get it wrong it can cost you a lot of lap time.”
Someone who knows the challenges of the iconic Silverstone circuit like the back of his hand is double British Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, also BRDC President and W Series Advisory Board Chairman.
“Silverstone is a great all-round challenge for a racing driver and a circuit which gets the heart racing because it is so fast and flowing,” commented Coulthard. “The layout has changed a bit since I won there in 1999 and 2000, but it continues to reward drivers who really commit to the lap. I can’t wait to see W Series’ drivers attack it, and the 30-minute plus one lap race format lends itself to overtaking as there is simply no time for holding back.
“They will all be raring to go after producing some great racing at the first two rounds in Austria, and the capacity crowd at Silverstone will put an extra spring in their step. It will be a weekend the drivers never forget, particularly for the six Brits on the grid, and I’m delighted that Abbi Pulling is among them to make her W Series debut at her home race. Giving opportunities to talented and hard-working young drivers is what W Series is all about.”
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