W Series confirms order for Sunday's reverse grid race

W Series will run an experimental race on Sunday at Assen, which will see the grid formed in reverse championship order.

The all-female racing series announced last month that it would run the event as a one-off, with no championship points awarded, as it explores ideas for its second season.

The grid line-up will be formed in reverse championship order, with current leader Jamie Chadwick starting last, whilst Megan Gilkes will start from pole position with Sarah Bovy alongside her on the front row.

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Chadwick is expecting an unpredictable result and is excited to be racing again so soon.

"I’m really looking forward to tomorrow's reverse-grid race. First of all, it’ll be fantastic to be racing again so soon – two races in two days – but it’ll also be a really cool new challenge, with Beitske and I starting from the very back.

“It’ll be unpredictable all the way from pole to P20, I’m sure of that, but, speaking for myself, hopefully such a radical format will allow me to showcase what I can do from the back end of the grid, and do a bit overtaking, without the pressure of fighting for championship points."

W Series race director Dave Ryan added: "Tomorrow’s reverse-grid race will be deliberately experimental, but it will surely produce thrills and perhaps even spills.

"Today’s conventional race showed that overtaking is possible on the fast twists and flowing turns of the Assen ‘cathedral of speed’, albeit difficult, but the drivers who have proven themselves to be fastest in W Series so far this year will be starting at the very back tomorrow – and they’ll be pushing hard to make up as many places as they possibly can. As usual, the race will be of 30 minutes’ duration, plus one lap, so you can expect to see quite a few overtaking manoeuvres from them.

"Equally, those drivers who’ll be starting a W Series race at the sharp end of the grid for the first time will be anxious to do their very best to hang on to their front-running positions, while those in the midfield will also be looking to make progress."

Sunday's Grid Order:

Position
Number
Driver
1 49 Megan Gilkes
2 58 Sarah Bovy
3 67 Shea Holbrook
4 77 Vivien Keszthelyi
5 99 Naomi Schiff
6 2 Esmee Hawkey
7 21 Jessica Hawkins
8 37 Sabré Cook
9 3 Gosia Rdest
10 20 Caitlin Wood
11 11 Vicky Piria
12 31 Tasmin Pepper
13 26 Sarah Moore
14 85 Miki Koyama
15 7 Emma Kimilainen
16 5 Fabienne Wohlwend
17 27 Alice Powell
18 19 Marta Garcia
19 95 Beitske Visser
20 55 Jamie Chadwick