HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- British driver Jamie Chadwick won the inaugural race of the new all-female W Series at Hockenheim, Germany, on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Chadwick, who was fastest in both practice sessions, beat out compatriot Alice Powell, and Marta Garcia of Spain was third.
Chadwick, who was already the first woman to win a British GT championship and the first to win a British Formula 3 championship race, did not have an ideal start on the Hockenheimring as she lost the lead on the first lap when she ran wide at the hairpin. Then the safety car was out after an incident involving Megan Gilkes of Canada and Emma Kimilainen of Finland. Chadwick quickly regained the lead.
The Hockenheimring had particular resonance as the first track for the series as it was where German driver Ellen Lohr became the only woman to win a race in the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) series in 1992.
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