Jamie Chadwick secures inaugural W Series title!

Jamie Chadwick stands in front of the river Thames in London

Jamie Chadwick stands in front of the river Thames in London

Britain's Jamie Chadwick clinched the inaugural women-only W Series with a dramatic battle in the final race at Brands Hatch.

Beitske Visser was the Brit's chief rival in the title fight, but a third-place finish at Brands Hatch saw her end the season 10 points behind Chadwick.

Chadwick led from pole until being overtaken by Powell 11 minutes into the 30-minute-plus-one-lap race. The race begins at 3:10pm on Sunday.

Chadwick blasted off the grid at the start, leading Alice Powell and Assen victor Emma Kimilainen in the first half of the race.

"Naturally there are still some critics, but I think generally the reception to at least the first race was really positive".

Chadwick, who started from pole position, described it as the "worst race of my life".

'I found myself having a bit of wheel-banging, ' said Chadwick.

"Every race, every championship you go into you want to win, but this one especially in its first year and for everything it's managed to generate for me. It'll sink in soon I'm sure, but it hasn't yet", said the 2019 champion when all was said and done.

"It's been an incredible opportunity for all of us, and the things I've been able to go on to do alongside W Series have made it by far the best year of my career so far".

Indeed, Chadwick - who became the first female to win a race in the British F3 championship at the same circuit a year ago - was appointed Development Driver by the Williams Formula One team in May, boosting her hopes of becoming the first female to compete in an F1 race since Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976.

Chadwick felt the reality, with the series always stating it wanted to prepare women to take on the men in junior series such as Formula Three and Formula Two, had changed some preconceptions. 'That's the most logical step in terms of the Superlicense points, but I want to look bigger.

For Chadwick, still just 21, this W Series triumph is likely to be her springboard to loftier feats. "I would have liked to have dominated, but it means that I've had some good racing this year, which is ultimately what they are out to achieve".