Englishman Alice Powell (Racing X) became the first female driver of the W Series, the women’s motorsport championship, on Saturday by winning the season-opening race at Austria’s Red Bull circuit.
Powell, who had already set the best time in free practice on Friday, the day he was also first in qualifying, started from pole position and won the race ahead of compatriot Sarah Moore (Scuderia W), who led by seven tenths. After the 20 laps given to the Styria track, they completed a total of 86.2 kilometres.
Swiss Fabian Follwind (Bunker Racing) also took the podium, qualifying ahead of Spaniard Belen Garcia, born 21 years ago in L’Ametlla del Vallès (Barcelona). The Catalan started fourth and after a good start became third, but had to gain fourth place in her first race in this championship.
Newcomer Nerea Marti, born 19 years ago in Albalate dels Sorrells (Valencia), also finished eighth on Saturday at the Spielberg circuit.
A track where Marta Garcia, the most experienced of the three Spaniards, aged 20 and from Denia (Alicante), couldn’t complete the test, when she retired on the 12th of the 12 laps she was given.
The second race of the championship will take place next Saturday on the same stage and coincide with the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix.
June 26 – Styrian Club, Spielberg, Austria
July 3 – Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg
July 17 – UK Grand Prix, Silverstone
July 31 – Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest
August 28 – Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
September 4 – Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
October 23 – United States Grand Prix, Austin
October 30 – Mexican Grand Prix, Circuit de Mexico City (Autódromo de los Hermanos Rodríguez)
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