Alice Powell wins the season opener of W Series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria despite late safety car
Alice Powell has won the season opener of W Series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria ahead of Sarah Moore.
Leading a controlled race, pole sitter Powell had a strong start off the line and was able to hold position at the front of the field, despite a late safety car.
Moore comfortably held second position while being put under pressure from Scuderia W teammate, Belen Garcia. But mistakes in the opening laps put Garcia on the backfoot falling down the order and under pressure from Beitske Visser and Emma Kimilainen behind.
A safety car was required as Marta Garcia pulled to the side of the track and retiring in the closing ten minutes of the race. The safety car restart meant that there was a short two lap sprint to finish the race.
On the restart Kimilianen collided with Visser, sending the M. Forbes Motorsport driver spinning. Kimilainen sustained front wing damage after the incident and struggled to make it too the end, falling down the order with parts flying off the car in the final lap to finish P14. The incident between the two will be investigated after the race.
Defending champion Jamie Chadwick was sent to the back of the field after Jess Hawkins locked up and collided with the rear of Chadwick’s car into Turn 1. Chadwick struggled to make it back trough the traffic but recoverd in the Safety car restart to to finish P7. The incident will be investigated by the stewards after the race.