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Old 22 Jul 2019, 09:21 (Ref:3918814)   #211
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Very interesting race ! There were some small preparation messes such as Bovy who didn't have any prepared tires and had to start with old tires and finish almost on the rims, or Kimiläinen who drove with a wobbly car (front wing flaps support gone on one side), but the main thing was there: it was fun, and by staying away from the incidents, the fastest ones climbed the rankings.

Nevertheless, I am worried about Koyama. She was injured in the hand with the accident on Saturday, and on Sunday she was at the bottom of the pack with the worst times on the grid. She who is used to overtaking more than the others, I hope she has nothing serious to her hand for having been so uncompetitive compared to what we could have expected.

We had another great Visser/Chadwick battle, even if it was shortened on lap 12 when the Dutchwoman was sent to the back of the pack.

The surprise of the day was Gilkes, she always had enough speed to stay ahead (5th best time of the day & 7th best theoretical time with her best 3 sectors) while on Saturday she lost 2 seconds on lap on Kimiläinen. Was she able to preserve good tires for this opportunity to shine? Has she been overly cautious in the peloton since her accident in the first race? Mystery!
Surprise also for Bovy: despite less good tyres, she was able to fight for victory for a long time and set the 2nd best lap (and the 5th best theoretical time with her best 3 sectors).

On the other hand, in a very predictable way Hawkins and Cook (already very fast on Saturday) signed the 3rd and 1st best laps in the race. Starting 7th and 8th, they easily climbed the rankings to fight for victory.
Speaking of fast drivers, with a thumbs-up of the safety cars, some of them shone with a superb progression from their starting position: Powell (15 places gained), Chadwick (+12) and Kimiläinen (+11)
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Old 23 Jul 2019, 09:57 (Ref:3918985)   #212
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Ms Gilkes' pace when the tyre wasn't at optimal temperature was certainly notable.

She was able to pull a decent gap on the field from the start, and both restarts. But I think in doing that, it hurt the tyres at the end of the race. By the final lap, she was working hard to defend, and only just held on for the win. But a well-deserved win at that.
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Congratulations to Jamie Chadwick and also to Alice Powell on a well deserved first win.
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Old 13 Aug 2019, 07:51 (Ref:3922534)   #214
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Congrats to both Chadwick and Powell, for the title and race win respectively. But also well done for Visser for putting up a fight till the end
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So out of interest, what was the general opinion of the season as a whole? I thought it was ok to be honest, no real surprises as to who was quick and who was some way off the pace but that doesn't mean there isn't a real prospect out there waiting to be discovered, can you imagine the interest if a real unknown turned up and blew the rest of the field away. Other than hopefully a few more races next year i don't think a whole lot needs changing.
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Old 9 Sep 2019, 12:03 (Ref:3926876)   #218
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So out of interest, what was the general opinion of the season as a whole? I thought it was ok to be honest, no real surprises as to who was quick and who was some way off the pace but that doesn't mean there isn't a real prospect out there waiting to be discovered, can you imagine the interest if a real unknown turned up and blew the rest of the field away. Other than hopefully a few more races next year i don't think a whole lot needs changing.
Basically if you like single seater racing then W Series is fine - it's just another single seater championship. It's a bit like watching club level F3 - there is some good racing but the performance gap between the front and back of the grid is very noticeable.

It'll be interesting to see how many drivers return next season (of those that are eligible) and how many move on to something else. How many seasons can a driver stay in W Series? Is it a case of as long as you're finishing in the top 12 you can stay as long as you like? Is it possible that W Series becomes a 'dead end' for some of the drivers? If so they'd potentially be taking a seat from a younger driver coming up through the ranks that could potentially be "the one".
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Bit of an unfair comparison, but Jamie Chadwick did the Friday test session in the Euroformula Open F3 race at Silverstone last weekend.

http://www.euroformulaopen.net/uploa...fofreecomb.pdf

She finished the day 13th out of 15th, with 14 of those being regular Euroformula F3 runners, and one F3 Cup club racer at the back of the field who is probably at least twice the average age of the rest of the grid.
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Bit of an unfair comparison, but Jamie Chadwick did the Friday test session in the Euroformula Open F3 race at Silverstone last weekend.

http://www.euroformulaopen.net/uploa...fofreecomb.pdf

She finished the day 13th out of 15th, with 14 of those being regular Euroformula F3 runners, and one F3 Cup club racer at the back of the field who is probably at least twice the average age of the rest of the grid.
the field in Euroformula open is not that strong anyway, Ahmed ho was fastes finished only 9th in last years F3 European Championship
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the field in Euroformula open is not that strong anyway, Ahmed ho was fastes finished only 9th in last years F3 European Championship
Sadly, Euroformula Open is probably the only place in Europe to race "proper" F3 cars at a professional level now FIA European F3 is no more. There are other places but really intended for the high end club racer

This year they have allowed in the older style F3 engines from 2013 and earlier - the HWA prepared Mercedes and the VW by Spiess. The old mainstay - a specially prepared Toyota by Piedrafieta is outgunned - doesn't have the torque that the F3 motors have.
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Bit of an unfair comparison, but Jamie Chadwick did the Friday test session in the Euroformula Open F3 race at Silverstone last weekend.

http://www.euroformulaopen.net/uploa...fofreecomb.pdf

She finished the day 13th out of 15th, with 14 of those being regular Euroformula F3 runners, and one F3 Cup club racer at the back of the field who is probably at least twice the average age of the rest of the grid.
It was a very last minute thing with her seat not being sorted etc so it's probably best not to try and draw any conclusions from it.
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Sadly, Euroformula Open is probably the only place in Europe to race "proper" F3 cars at a professional level now FIA European F3 is no more. There are other places but really intended for the high end club racer

This year they have allowed in the older style F3 engines from 2013 and earlier - the HWA prepared Mercedes and the VW by Spiess. The old mainstay - a specially prepared Toyota by Piedrafieta is outgunned - doesn't have the torque that the F3 motors have.
Aren’t they using the 14-18 engines like Japan?
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It was a very last minute thing with her seat not being sorted etc so it's probably best not to try and draw any conclusions from it.
Thats why I said it was a bit of an unfair comparison - a last minute deal against people who have done 3/4 of a season
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Aren’t they using the 14-18 engines like Japan?
Yes, you're correct - its the 14-18 bespoke engines - I misinterpreted a report elsewhere.
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