W Sequence 2021: Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell in Stateside championship battle

Alice Powell (left) and Jamie Chadwick (proper) have dominated the 2021 W Sequence with 5 wins in six rounds between them

Defending 2019 W Sequence champion Jamie Chadwick is aware of the stress is on to earn back-to-back championship victories.

The 2021 W Sequence champion will likely be topped this weekend at a double-header finale to the sequence on the Circuit of the Americas (Cota) in Austin, Texas, and it is all come down to 2 Britons.

Chadwick, 23, and Alice Powell, 28, will compete for the title and the £400,000 prize cash.

“The stakes really feel a bit greater this 12 months, being on the F1 bundle and the super-licence factors, so it will likely be a giant factor to win,” says Chadwick.

The drivers are tied on the high of the championship standings on 109 factors after six rounds, 34 factors forward of nearest rival Emma Kimilainen.

A race win earns 25 factors with 18 for second and 15 for third, so it may come right down to the ultimate race on Sunday.

“Cota is a observe I’ve by no means raced at earlier than. It is a high-speed however pretty technical circuit so I am trying ahead to getting my enamel caught into that,” mentioned Powell.

Chadwick is set to enter the weekend with “as optimistic mindset as doable”.

“It will imply all the things to defend my title this 12 months. We have labored arduous and particularly it has been a tough-fought season between Alice and me, so it will likely be an enormous factor to return out on high,” she mentioned.

For Powell, a championship win could be candy after two DNFs early on within the 2019 season destroyed her championship possibilities.

“It will imply a hell of lots,” mentioned Powell.

“I had an extended time frame out of racing and as time went on I did not essentially anticipate to be out driving once more.

“W Sequence got here alongside and kickstarted my profession and has given me the prospect to race, not solely as a part of a Method 1 help [races this season], however to race and probably win one other championship.”

Complete domination

Chadwick, from Tub, and Powell, from Oxford, have dominated the second W Sequence season (after the 2020 marketing campaign was written off by the coronavirus pandemic).

Chadwick has been on pole place 3 times and transformed two of these to wins, on the Pink Bull Ring in Austria and the Hungaroring in Hungary.

“There’s been quite a lot of confidence from each of our sides and it has been intently fought between the pair of us,” mentioned Chadwick.

“I did anticipate there to be a couple of different names up there as nicely nevertheless it’s good it is nonetheless gone right down to the wire.”

Powell, who races for Racing X, has been the polesitter twice; the primary of two races on the Pink Bull Ring and Silverstone. She gained each races in addition to a 3rd, at Zandvoort, the place she began in second.

“These will not be straightforward automobiles to drive, they’re heavy automobiles so we have managed to extrapolate the tempo out of the automobiles fairly nicely,” mentioned Powell.

“Getting pole place, you might want to get one of the best out of the automotive and the tyre and it is a massive mixture, so we have finished a very good job with that and had a very good race tempo from my aspect of issues as nicely.

“I believe there’s most likely extra stress on Jamie as she’s reigning champion and defending her title and I am making an attempt to steal it successfully.

“The one stress [on me] is I wish to win it myself, however there isn’t any stress from exterior or anybody saying: ‘It’s essential to win otherwise you’re not going to be racing, and so on.'”

Chadwick, who additionally races for her Veloce Racing crew in Excessive-E as nicely, is one other who says probably the most stress she faces comes from inside.

“It is nice I might be able to contend for the title within the final race and fingers crossed we will come out robust,” she mentioned.

Jamie Chadwick (car number 55) in action
Chadwick races in automotive 55 for Veloce Racing and Alice Powell in automotive 27 for Racing X

The ‘W’ in F1

The development for a younger racing sequence has been large, having gone from launching in 2018 to supporting DTM German Touring Automotive Championship in 2019 and now supporting Method 1 at quite a few its races throughout the 2021 season.

“It has been an unbelievable expertise – it has been a giant stage up I would say being on the Method 1 [calendar] in order that’s implausible,” mentioned Chadwick.

“It is unimaginable what the sequence has finished for all of us as drivers, but in addition for ladies usually in motorsport.”

Powell agrees: “It has been a fantastic season. F1 have been unimaginable and massively supportive, and [they] see the nice racing we produce.”

Crucially for drivers’ future ambitions, worthwhile FIA super-licence factors can be found to the victors this 12 months.

The sequence winner will earn 15 super-licence factors, with 12 for second and 10 for third.

The entire wanted to race in F1 is 40 factors over a three-year interval, with 25 wanted for follow classes.

“If I do win, hopefully it may be a very good springboard into one thing,” says Chadwick.

And Powell is assured a championship win can result in extra alternatives within the racing world.

“It’s going to positively open extra doorways. It did ending third within the first 12 months, so I would wish to suppose profitable the championship will open much more.”

Crossing the pond

Cota would be the first race for the sequence exterior Europe and the pair are conscious of the potential affect of elevating the profile of W Sequence and feminine participation in motorsport usually.

“Going Stateside is a giant factor and it is a totally different viewers for followers attending the race assembly to look at us racing first hand,” mentioned Powell.

“Hopefully it’s going to present the younger females there it’s doable to race.”

Chadwick added: “Everyone knows how massive motorsport is in America and for us to be branching out to that a part of the world is implausible.

“W Sequence is certainly going from power to power and beginning to make a distinction to get ladies concerned within the sport.”

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