W Series

Tasmin Pepper impresses in W Series debut

SA driver carves through the all-woman field to finish 8th after qualifying 16th

06 May 2019 - 07:20 By Motoring Reporter
Tasmin Pepper talks to mechanics during a media day ahead of the inaugural season of the women-only W Series.
Tasmin Pepper talks to mechanics during a media day ahead of the inaugural season of the women-only W Series.
Image: Reuters

South Africa’s Tasmin Pepper staged an impressive comeback from 16th to eighth place in the inaugural round of the all-female W Series in Germany on Saturday.

She overcame a difficult qualifying at Hockenheim to score points on her debut in a series that pits 18 women against each other in a field of identical Formula Three cars.

Britain's Jamie Chadwick won the race with compatriot Alice Powell second at a damp and overcast Hockenheim.

Spaniard Marta Garcia finished third.

The victory completed a dominant two days for 20-year-old Chadwick, one of five Britons in a field of 18 in identical Formula Three cars.

The next round in the six-round series will be in Belgium in two weeks’ time.

The new W Series, which aims to help women make it to Formula One, could itself be on the fast track to joining the grand prix circus.

Former racer David Coulthard, a key player behind the scenes, said at Hockenheim there had already been discussions about the W Series featuring on the Formula One support programme.

Britain's Jamie Chadwick (left) celebrates winning the race along side third placed Marta Garcia of Spain.
Britain's Jamie Chadwick (left) celebrates winning the race along side third placed Marta Garcia of Spain.
Image: Reuters
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