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Kimilainen edges Chadwick in Brands GP W Series practice

Saturday, August 10 2019

Finland's Emma Kimilainen topped the timesheets in the opening W Series practice session of the weekend on the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, after edging out British title favourite Jamie Chadwick this morning (Saturday).

Overall it was was a strong session for all of the Brits in the all-female single-seater championship in damp conditions, with all five of the series' homegrown heroes following in succession behind the flying Finn to complete the top six. 

Chadwick topped the Brit pack in second position ahead of her title pursuit tomorrow, one place ahead of Sarah Moore. Former Ginetta Junior champion Moore has been a top-five challenger this season, but she's yet to claim a maiden podium in the series, so this practice run bodes well. 

For Jessica Hawkins, this weekend is all about securing her place in the championship top-12, an acheivement which would see her retain her place on the grid for next year. Fourth place in practice indicates she's got the pace to make it happen, whilst Alice Powell was fifth fastest as she chases a first win in W Series. 

Esmee Hawkey is another needing a good result to be sure of a return to the grid for next year, and sixth position at her local track sets her up nicely for the rest of the weekend. 

Beitske Visser, Chadwick's only title rival was only 20th fastest in the opening practice session, but she's expected to be closer to the front when meaningful running resumes later today. 


1, E Kimilainen, Tatuus F3, 1m33.427s
2, J Chadwick, Tatuus F3, +0.421s
3, S Moore, Tatuus F3, +1.040s
4, J Hawkins, Tatuus F3, +1.314s
5, A Powell, Tatuus F3, +1.753s
6, E Hawkey, Tatuus F3, +1.799s
7, F Wohlwend, Tatuus F3, +1.811s
8, V Piria, Tatuus F3, +1.922s
9, M Garcia, Tatuus F3, +2.056s
10, G Rdest, Tatuus F3, +3.377s
11, S Bovy, Tatuus F3, +3.455s
12, S Cook, Tatuus F3, +3.623s
13, T Pepper, Tatuus F3, +4.146s
14, C Wood, Tatuus F3, +4.164s
15, M Gilkes, Tatuus F3, +4.946s
16, S Holbrook, Tatuus F3, +5.000s
17, V Keszthelyi, Tatuus F3, +5.807s
18, M Koyama, Tatuus F3, +6.569s
19, N Schiff, Tatuus F3, +6.740s
20, B Visser, Tatuus F3, +8.646s