Motor racing – Chadwick must wait for W-series title after Singapore crash
Britain’s Jamie Chadwick failed to clinch her third consecutive all-women’s W Series title on Sunday after crashing in a race in Singapore won by Dutch rival Beitske Visser. Chadwick, who sat in sixth place, remained in a dominant position in the championship with a 50-point lead over Visser and three races worth a total of 75 points remaining.
The next round of the F1 support series is scheduled for Austin, Texas this month, but financial troubles have cast doubt on that and the final race in Mexico, with a decision expected next week. Chadwick had to score more points than Visser, Alice Powell and Abbi Pulling to wrap up the title, but only started eighth after a rainy qualifying session at the Marina Bay street circuit.
She gained two places on the opening lap but ended up hitting the wall in the closing stages as she searched for a way past Jessica Hawkins, with the incident causing the safety car to exit. It was her first retirement from a W Series race and the first time this season that she had not been on the podium. His compatriot Powell finished second and Spain’s Marta Garcia third after starting from pole position.
The win was Visser’s first of the season and second of his career.
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