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The inaugural W Series season drew to a close at Brands Hatch earlier this month with Jamie Chadwick triumphant as the first-ever champion and recipient of the $500,000 prize fund. Overnight - if the plethora of international television and mainstream press appearances are anything to go by - Chadwick's starpower and notoriety has trebled, but so too has W Series'.
And with that come higher expectations and increased scrutiny as the series enters its second year, where the need to continue its positive, upward trajectory is more important than ever.
As the only mum in W Series, Emma Kimilainen has a different perspective than many of her rivals. After her swashbuckling drive to victory at a sodden Spa, the Finn now has a real chance of getting into the title fight, and can call on an approach that has been a boost through myriad past disappointments
After four years of making only irregular race appearances, Alice Powell had good reason to believe that her dreams of becoming a professional driver were over. But W Series has provided a second chance that she has firmly grasped, Powell's popular home win at Silverstone prompting the new series leader to look ahead to a bright future
W Series is back this weekend after a year away. This time it’s supporting F1, and reigning champion Jamie Chadwick is up for the challenge of taking another title - but knows with higher stakes will come even more motivated opposition
W Series finally got off the ground in 2019 despite its critics and had expected to build on its momentum this season. Instead the COVID-19 crisis has put its plans on hold, but for the fledgling series it could prove a blessing in disguise
The first season of the W Series can be considered a major motorsport success story, but at the same time certain elements of its philosophy were exposed as problems. For its second season, there's one issue in particular it needs to address
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Has W Series changed women's status in racing?