Racing X’s Alice Powell claimed her second W Series win of the season on Saturday at Silverstone, beating Fabienne Wohlwend by just 1.9 seconds, having initially lost the lead to the Bunker Racing driver.
Powell got a good start from pole position, but Wohlwend’s was even better, which allowed her to draw alongside into Turn 1. The pair went wheel-to-wheel before Wohlwend pulled slightly ahead, giving her the optimum line into Turn 3, where she took the lead.
Sirin Racing’s Miki Koyama started from the back of the pack and looked to have stalled as she failed to getaway, before eventually finding a gear, but that dropped her well back from the pack.
The Japanese racer would go on to retire from the race, causing a brief Safety Car period.
That offered Powell a chance to close on Wohlwend and as the race resumed, the Briton seized the advantage to reclaim the lead in front of her home – and W Series’ largest ever – crowd.
Beitske Visser was another slow started, dropping from fourth to seventh. She managed to recover to sixth with a late pass on Sarah Moore.
Abbi Pulling, who made her W Series debut this weekend with the Puma outfit, finished where she started in eighth, but battled Moore in the closing laps to finish just half a second adrift.
Jamie Chadwick took third and the final podium spot for Veloce Racing, losing her championship lead to Powell.
Emma Kimilainen was fourth, making up just one spot thanks to Visser’s poor start. Nerea Marti was fifth ahead of Visser, Moore, Pulling and Abbie Eaton, with Vicky Piria completing the top ten after Jessica Hawkins was handed a 20-second penalty for causing a collision, dropping her to 16th.
The fairly uneventful race saw just two retirements in Koyama and Belen Garcia, who span in the Arena section.