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Beitske Visser runs away with W Series race at Zolder

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 19th May, 2019 - 11:24am

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Beitske Visser leads

Dutch driver Beitske Visser has won Race 2 of the W Series at Zolder after jumping pole-sitter Jamie Chadwick and eventually running away from the field.

Chadwick reclaimed second position after a major battle with fellow Brit Alice Powell in the final minutes, while Spaniard Marta Garcia took fourth.

Australian Caitlin Wood ran as high as eighth after profiting from an early incident before finishing 11th after losing two positions late in the piece.

There was confusion at the start when Sarah Bovy crawled onto the straight with smoke belching from her car, but the green flag was waved between her and the rest of the grid and the race was underway.

Visser got the jump on Chadwick while Powell and Garcia held their starting positions of third and fourth respectively, and Wood gained one spot in the moments before the Safety Car was called to sit 10th.

Almost as soon as they had got underway again after Bovy’s car was retrieved, the Safety Car made a second appearance due to Esmee Hawkey taking out Gosia Rdest near the back end of the top 10, while Vivien Keszthelyi also came to grief.

The field was let loose again in the 13th minute of the half-hour, time-certain race and Visser moved to a 0.8s advantage over Chadwick in the first lap after the restart.

The Dutch driver stretched the gap to 1.5s in the next two laps, a margin which settled for some time before Visser ultimately pulled well clear to an 8.5s victory with 19 laps completed.

Chadwick and Powell produced the highlight of the race when they fought over second position in what would be the final four laps.

Powell went to the outside of Chadwick at Turn 8 and managed to hang there, giving her the inside line into the following chicane.

She only had the spot for just over a lap, however, when Chadwick placed her own car on the outside through Turn 1 and therefore had a straightforward pass at the change of direction at Turn 2.

Garcia was stalked by Sarah Moore for much of the race but Moore would have to worry about the challenge from Tasmin Pepper in the latter stages.

In the end, it was Moore in fifth from Pepper, Fabienne Wohlwend, and Miki Koyama, who once again raced much better than she qualified as the Japanese racer gained five positions over the journey.

Vicky Piria and Naomi Schiff rounded out the top 10.

Chadwick, who won the first race of the season at Hockenheim a fortnight earlier, retains the series lead with a total of 43 points, from Visser (37), Powell (33), and Garcia (27).

Race 3 will be held at Misano on June 7-8.

Race results: Race 2, Zolder

Pos   Num Driver Nat Laps   Race time
1 95 Beitske Visser NED 19 32:28.495
2 55 Jamie Chadwick GBR 19 32:36.946
3 27 Alice Powell GBR 19 32:37.579
4 19 Marta Garcia ESP 19 32:40.774
5 26 Sarah Moore GBR 19 32:41.234
6 31 Tasmin Pepper RSA 19 32:41.680
7 5 Fabienne Wohlwend LIE 19 32:42.468
8 85 Miki Koyama JPN 19 32:46.149
9 11 Vicky Piria ITA 19 32:54.366
10 99 Naomi Schiff GER 19 32:55.432
11 20 Caitlin Wood AUS 19 32:58.091
12 67 Shea Holbrook USA 19 32:59.354
13 21 Jessica Hawkins GBR 19 33:07.769
14 49 Megan Gilkes CAN 19 33:15.908
15 37 Sabré Cook USA 19 33:26.548
DNF 3 Gosia Rdest POL 2
DNF 2 Esmee Hawkey GBR 2
DNF 77 Vivien Keszthelyi HUN 2
DNS 58 Sarah Bovy BEL 0

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