Kimilainen seals first W Series victory

Emma Kimilainen

Emma Kimilainen converted her maiden W Series pole position into victory over Alice Powell and championship leader Jamie Chadwick in Assen.

The sole Aussie racer in the series, Caitlin Wood banked her best result of the year with a strong fifth place.

Getting the better start, Powell headed the field initially before a mistake at Turn 1 allowed Kimilainen to complete a move under brakes at Turn 2.

Once ahead, the Finn maintained her position while Powell was forced to trail her home in second place, moving her into fourth place in the championship standings.

Title leader Chadwick battled for much of the race with Dutch driver Beitske Visser for the final podium place, though Visser was never able to find a way through.

The result saw Chadwick marginally extend her points advantage to 13 over second placed Visser, while Marta Garcia remains third and Powell now fourth.

Miki Koyama and Tasmin Pepper were both forced to retire early after a red flag incident within the first seconds of the race, while Fabienne Wohlwend was forced into the pits after suffering front wing damage early in proceedings, the result of an incident that cost her seven places in the race and forces her down to fifth place in the championship.

Wohlwend had been an outside chance of winning the championship, though the result means she is now mathematically out of title contention.

The title winner, who will be crowned at the final event of the year at Brands Hatch next month, will also receive US$500,000 in prize money.

Race results: Race 5, Assen

Pos Num Driver Nat Laps Race time
1 7 Emma Kimilainen FIN 19 32:20.386
2 27 Alice Powell GBR 19 32:26.153
3 55 Jamie Chadwick GBR 19 32:29.148
4 95 Beitske Visser NED 19 32:29.749
5 20 Caitlin Wood AUS 19 32:38.965
6 3 Gosia Rdest POL 19 32:40.463
7 21 Jessica Hawkins GBR 19 32:42.867
8 11 Vicky Piria ITA 19 32:45.491
9 19 Marta Garcia ESP 19 32:46.022
10 26 Sarah Moore GBR 19 32:46.225
11 2 Esmee Hawkey GBR 19 32:54.305
12 99 Naomi Schiff GER 19 33:02.255
13 37 Sabré Cook USA 19 33:11.000
14 49 Megan Gilkes CAN 19 33:15.842
15 5 Fabienne Wohlwend LIE 19 33:25.030
16 67 Shea Holbrook USA 18 33:08.375
DNF 31 Tasmin Pepper RSA 1  
DNF 85 Miki Koyama JPN 0  

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