W Series: Chadwick Secures Misano Win after Defensive Masterclass

Jamie Chadwick celebrates her second win of the 2019 W Series at Misano. Image source from @WSeriesRacing via Twitter.

Jamie Chadwick extended her championship lead with victory in the W Series race at Misano.

The Brit soaked up constant pressure from main rival Beitske Visser to take her second victory of the season.

Powell Gets Punted Off

Pole-sitter Fabienne Wohlwend made a torrid start, allowing Chadwick to instantly take the lead.

Visser and Alice Powell also challenged Wohlwend into turn one, with the latter being spectacularly launched onto two wheels after making contact with the Liechtensteiner.

This left Powell with damaged suspension, leading to the race’s only safety car period.

Alice Powell goes airbourne at Misano, after contact with Fabienne Wohlwend on the opening lap. Image sourced from @alicepowell via Twitter.

The race was back to green after two laps, and the front trio used their fresh tyres to build a gap.

Both Visser and Wohlwend traded fastest laps in pursuit of Chadwick, with the Dutch driver particularly fast in the final sector.

Further back, Miki Koyama expertly cut back on Vicki Piria on the exit of turn eight to take fourth position.

Chadwick Remains in Control

The extremely high temperatures in Misano meant tyre wear was critical, leading to many drivers struggling in the latter stages.

Wohlwend had dropped back from the front two, allowing Visser to challenge Chadwick for the lead more freely.

A small mistake from Chadwick gave Visser a chance into turn one, but she wasn’t close enough to commit to an overtake.

Esmee Hawkey was another to make a mistake, allowing Germany’s Naomi Schiff to take eleventh place.

Both drivers were in a train led by Sarah Moore, who was fighting with Sabre Cook for eighth.

Schiff’s chances of a second successive points finish ended soon after with a spin at turn thirteen.

At the front, Visser was still stuck behind Chadwick’s gearbox, and tried taking different lines in an attempt to find a way past.

Chadwick remained calm however, taking the win by just half a second.

Wohlwend secured her first podium of the season in third, with Koyama and Piria completing the top five.

The win gives Chadwick a thirteen point lead ahead of Visser, with three rounds remaining in the inaugural W Series season.