Zolder W Series: Visser outpaces Chadwick in practice

Beitske Visser ended Friday practice running for the second W Series weekend at Zolder fastest, ahead of inaugural Hockenheim winner Jamie Chadwick.

Zolder W Series: Visser outpaces Chadwick in practice

Chadwick - who was also fastest in the first free practice session - and Visser traded times for top spot throughout the first half of the session, with Visser's best time of 1m29.490 seconds enough to keep her at the head of the field by a margin of just 0.342 seconds.

Hockenheim third-place finisher Marta Garcia ended her practice running in third, improving on the morning session where she was sixth.

Garcia was ahead of Tasmin Pepper, who enjoyed a strong end to the day having gone 18th in FP1.

Emma Kimilainen, who suffered a DNF in the first round at Hockenheim after a first-lap collision with Megan Gilkes, ended the day in fifth ahead of Fabienne Wohlwend.

The second half of the second free practice session was affected by rain, with almost all drivers remaining in the pitlane in the closing minutes, with the exception of Gosia Rdest, who was seventh.

Sabre Cook went eighth fastest, with British drivers Esmee Hawkey and Sarah Moore completing the top 10.

Former GP3 driver Vicky Piria was 11th, recovering after having caused a brief red-flag period in the earlier session with a run into the gravel trap.

Alice Powell, who was second at Hockenheim and was briefly fastest in the first session, failed to set a laptime.

Each W Series driver is competing at Zolder in a different chassis to the one they raced in Hockenheim, with the cars having been allocated by way of a random draw prior to the start of the weekend.

shares
comments
Chadwick: W Series "hype" created extra pressure
Previous article

Chadwick: W Series "hype" created extra pressure

Next article

W Series adds reserve driver Bovy to expanded Zolder grid

W Series adds reserve driver Bovy to expanded Zolder grid
Load comments
How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue Prime

How W Series can confront its biggest enduring issue

Two-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick finds herself in a predicament. The Williams F1 development driver has more than proven herself in the all-female series and has little to gain from returning. But where should she go next? And how will the series move forwards if she elects to take up her reserved slot on next year's grid? Whatever she decides, it poses important questions for the series' future

W Series
Nov 5, 2021
The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite Prime

The nightmare season of a W Series title favourite

She came into 2021 as a W Series title contender, but Beitske Visser has had a frustrating season, marred by a horrific crash at Spa and floundering in 12th place in the drivers’ standings. After misfortune and on-track clashes, the Dutch driver wishes the season was just starting now

W Series
Oct 20, 2021
The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet Prime

The rational brain of W Series' outside title bet

As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments

W Series
Sep 3, 2021
How Powell is making the most of a second chance in W Series Prime

How Powell is making the most of a second chance in W Series

After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future

W Series
Jul 30, 2021
Why Chadwick is taking nothing for granted ahead of W Series return Prime

Why Chadwick is taking nothing for granted ahead of W Series return

W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition

W Series
Jun 24, 2021
Why a sabbatical doesn't spell disaster for W Series Prime

Why a sabbatical doesn't spell disaster for W Series

W Series finally got off the ground in 2019 despite its critics and had expected to build on its momentum this season. Instead the COVID-19 crisis has put its plans on hold, but for the fledgling series it could prove a blessing in disguise

W Series
Jul 27, 2020
The one thing W Series needs in 2020 to continue its rise Prime

The one thing W Series needs in 2020 to continue its rise

The first season of the W Series can be considered a major motorsport success story, but at the same time certain elements of its philosophy were exposed as problems. For its second season, there's one issue in particular it needs to address

W Series
Jan 15, 2020
What W Series should look like in 2020 and beyond Prime

What W Series should look like in 2020 and beyond

While the maiden season of the W Series can be regarded as a success, it must now capitalise on its strong debut and make the most of its opportunity to cement a long-term future. Here's how it could do just that.

W Series
Aug 19, 2019