Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick takes pole from title rival Powell

Jamie Chadwick took pole position in W Series qualifying at the Hungaroring ahead of championship rival Alice Powell.

Hungaroring W Series: Chadwick takes pole from title rival Powell

The pair, who have shared all the victories so far this season, were separated by less than three tenths, with the Veloce Racing driver taking the top spot with a 1m42.735s.

Powell, who won last time out at Silverstone for Racing X and leads the championship standings, finished qualifying with a 1m43.009s.

Chadwick, the reigning champion, led in practice this morning, and last took pole in the second round in Austria.

The two Brits are separated by just six points in the drivers standings, with Powell having won two races to Chadwick’s one.

W Series Academy driver Nerea Marti finished in third, with 2019 runner-up Beitske Visser (M Forbes Motorsport) in fourth and Marti’s teammate Irina Sidorkova in fifth.

Chadwick was ahead after every driver had set a flying lap, with a time of 1m43.864s, followed by Sidorkova and Visser, with Jess Hawkins (Racing X) in fourth.

Visser briefly went quicker, but Chadwick hit back with a 1m43.773s, seven tenths quicker, before improving even further to a 1m43.401s.

Veloce Racing’s Bruna Tomaselli then took second with 12 minutes left, just one-tenth behind her teammate.

Sidorkova had been setting purple sectors on her ninth lap, but ran wide at Turn 11 while carrying too much speed into the corner.

Jess Hawkins had been running in eighth, but with seven minutes to go, went to P5 with a 1m43.908s.

As the times tumbled, Marti briefly went quickest with a 1m43.328s, but the top spot was quickly snatched back by Chadwick, who set the first 36s split in the middle sector to reclaim pole by almost six tenths.

Tomaselli and Eaton both had times deleted after exceeding track limits, while Marta Garcia also went deep into Turn 4.

Hungaroring W Series - Qualifying results:

Cla Drivers Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Jamie Chadwick
1'42.735
2 United Kingdom Alice Powell
1'43.004 0.269
3 Nerea Martí
1'43.042 0.307
4 Netherlands Beitske Visser
1'43.180 0.445
5 Irina Sidorkova
1'43.379 0.644
6 Brazil Bruna Tomaselli
1'43.610 0.875
7 Spain Marta Garcia
1'43.790 1.055
8 Finland Emma Kimilainen
1'43.864 1.129
9 Belén García
1'43.898 1.163
10 United Kingdom Jessica Hawkins
1'43.908 1.173
11 Italy Vicky Piria
1'44.209 1.474
12 Ayla Agren
1'44.308 1.573
13 Liechtenstein Fabienne Wohlwend
1'44.342 1.607
14 United Kingdom Abbie Eaton
1'44.581 1.846
15 Japan Miki Koyama
1'44.836 2.101
16 United Kingdom Sarah Moore
1'44.869 2.134
17 Australia Caitlin Wood
1'45.071 2.336
18 United States Sabre Cook
1'45.422 2.687
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