Eaton lands W Series seat

Abbie Eaton pic: Abbie Eaton – British Racing Driver Facebook

Abbie Eaton is one of six drivers to have been named as new entrants for the 2020 W Series.

Eaton was among 14 drivers who took part in a selection event in Spain last month in order to determine who should be added to the field for the second season of the all-female series.

The rest of the successful six are Bruna Tomaselli, Ayla Agren, Belen Garcia, Nerea Marti, and Irina Sidorkova, the former of whom finished eighth in this year’s USF2000 Championship as team-mate of Kiwi Hunter McElrea.

They are set to join the drivers who finished in the top 12 of the inaugural season, headed up by champion Jamie Chadwick, on the grid in 2020.

That leaves two more berths in the field, for which drivers will be announced by series organisers at a later date.

“I was generally impressed by the 14 drivers whom we tested and appraised at Almeria last month, and making our selection was correspondingly difficult,” said W Series Racing Director, Dave Ryan.

“But we’ve crunched all the data to the best of our ability, and I’m therefore confident that the 18 drivers whom we’ve selected so far represent an excellent line-up.

“But we’ve left two spaces available, to allow us a little more time to select the final two drivers who, together with the 18 drivers we’ve already selected, will make up the 20 drivers who’ll contest the 2020 W Series championship.

“However, all the stars of our 2019 season will race again with us in 2020 – including Jamie, who’ll be defending her crown, as well as Beitske (Visser), Alice (Powell), Marta (Garcia) and Emma (Kimilainen), who all won races with us last year – but some of the new drivers on our 2020 entry list are clearly very good too.

“I’m consequently hoping our 2020 season will be even better than our 2019 season.”

While those who finished outside the top 12 in 2019 were still eligible for selection for 2020, Australian Caitlin Wood, who missed the cut-off for automatic entry by one position, does not currently have a W Series drive next year.

New Zealander Chelsea Herbert, who was part of the latest selection test, is also on the outside at least for the time being.

W Series: 2020 drivers

Driver Nat Age 2019 series
Jamie Chadwick GBR 21 1st
Beitske Visser NED 24 2nd
Alice Powell GBR 26 3rd
Marta Garcia ESP 19 4th
Emma Kimilainen FIN 30 5th
Fabienne Wohlwend LIE 21 6th
Miki Koyama JPN 21 7th
Sarah Moore GBR 25 8th
Vicky Piria ITA 25 9th
Tasmin Pepper RSA 29 10th
Jessica Hawkins GBR 24 11th
Sabre Cook USA 24 12th
Ayla Agren NOR 25 New entrant
Abbie Eaton GBR 27 New entrant
Belen Garcia ESP 20 New entrant
Nerea Marti ESP 17 New entrant
Irina Sidorkova RUS 16 New entrant
Bruna Tomaselli BRA 21 New entrant

Two more drivers to be selected

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