LONDON (Reuters) – Jamie Chadwick will be in the money, to the tune of $500,000, on Sunday if she makes motor racing history as the first champion of the all-female W Series.
The 21-year-old Briton enjoys a 13 point lead going into her final home round at Brands Hatch, with Dutch racer Beitske Visser the only woman who can stop her claiming the winner’s jackpot.
Payday - Wages - Prix - Drivers - Publicity
The payday, more than the annual wages of some current grand prix drivers, and the publicity could boost her hopes of eventually becoming the first woman since 1976 (Italian Lella Lombardi) to race in Formula One.
“At the moment I’m more excited than anything else. I just really want to get going,” she told Reuters.
Significance - Title
“It’s hugely important,” she added of the significance of winning the title.
“Every race, every championship you go into you want to win, but this one especially in its first year and for everything it’s managed to generate for me. To win it would be a huge thing and a huge part of my career going forward.”
Money - Stage - Career - Difference
She said the money would help fund the next stage of her career, wherever that might be, and would make a “massive, massive difference”.
In simple terms, Chadwick needs only a podium finish to take the title — something she has managed in all five rounds so far having led the standings from her opening victory from pole position in Hockenheim in May.
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Brands Hatch is fond and familiar territory, the southern circuit where last year she became the first female driver to win a round of the British Formula Three championship.
“Going there feels like we’ve got the odds stacked in our favor but I don’t want to let that jinx anything,” said Chadwick, who has won two races and this year...
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