W Series 2020 selection to start in September

Lucy Morson
Motorsport

A three-day selection process will take place at the Almeria circuit in southern Spain on September 16-18, where the second stage of this year’s selection process was also held.

The top 12 finishers from the 2019 championship - including - have all won the option of a guaranteed return to the series for its second year, where superlicence points will be on offer. 

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Those 12 drivers will not be required to attend the Almeria test, but a handful might be invited in order to set comparative lap times for hopeful applicants. The test will take place using the W Series Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 car.

From the 2019 field, all missed out on a spot in the top 12.

They will not take part in the Almeria test and their futures in the series will depend on the performance of the new applicants. Any female driver possessing an FIA International C racing licence is still invited to apply for the 2020 process.

“Prior to the 2019 W Series season, we tested all our drivers at Almeria in W Series race cars – Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars – and we plan to put our new applicants through exactly the same process,” said W Series racing director Dave Ryan.

“We’ll have one or two drivers from the pool of 12 who are already guaranteed a 2020 W Series drive on hand too, to post comparative lap-times, the better to enable us to understand the ability and speed of our aspiring newcomers.

“To be clear, the eight drivers who finished outside the top 12 in the 2019 W Series championship are not ineligible for our 2020 season; they’re merely not guaranteed to take part in it. 

“Inevitably they’re now on tenterhooks, eager to race with us again next season, but whether they do or not will to a great extent depend on the quality of the newcomers we test at Almeria in a month’s time.”

Guaranteed 2020 W Series returnees:

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

 Jamie Chadwick

110

2

2

Netherlands
Netherlands

 Beitske Visser

100

1

3

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

 Alice Powell

76

1

4

Spain
Spain

 Marta Garcia

66

1

5

Finland
Finland

 Emma Kimilainen

53

1

6

Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein

 Fabienne Wohlwend

51

0

7

Japan
Japan

 Miki Koyama

30

0

8

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

 Sarah Moore

24

0

9

Italy
Italy

 Vicky Piria

24

0

10

South Africa
South Africa

 Tasmin Pepper

22

0

11

United States
United States

 Sabre Cook

12

0

12

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

 Jessica Hawkins

12

0

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