Sarah Moore drops to third place in the Series W standings after seventh at Silverstone Yorkshire News

Sarah Moore of Harrogate.  Image: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images
Sarah Moore of Harrogate. Image: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Oxford-born Alice Powell won her second race of the year when the more than 100,000 fans who flocked to Silverstone on Formula 1 British Grand Prix weekend took her full throttle around their local circuit.

It was a dramatic victory for Powell, who achieved success when he passed Fabienne Wohlwend for the lead just five minutes before the checkered flag to regain the championship lead from Jamie Chadwick.

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Moore was second overall before the lights went out at Silverstone with her seventh place enough to prevent Wohlwend from catching up.

Powell had started from pole, but Wohlwend was ahead of the line and led the way for most of the race, while reigning champion Jamie Chadwick finished third.

Moore had started the race in seventh place, but quickly moved up to sixth after a quick start from the grid.

She held that place until the final minutes of the race when she was overtaken by Beitske Visser, the championship runner-up in 2019, after a lengthy battle at various corners between the two drivers.

Visser was forced to perform a last minute engine change due to a mechanical problem and did not even have time to take her M Forbes Motorsport to a warm-up lap. She started in fourth, but quickly fell back to seventh, with Moore leading her to sixth. The Harrogate driver took six championship points from Silverstone, bringing her to 36 for the season. Wohlwend is just behind with 34. Powell leads the W Series with 54 championship points, six ahead of 2019 champion Jamie Chadwick.

Sarah Moore (# 26) drives during the Series W Round 3 race at Silverstone. Image: Lars Baron / Getty Images

Emma Kimilainen crossed the line in fourth position, while W Series Academy member Nerea Marti was fifth.

Hull’s Abbie Eaton, along with rookie Abbi Pulling and Jessica Hawkins finished in the top 10, meaning all six British drivers scored championship points at their home track.

“It’s an incredible feeling to win at home,” said race winner Powell.

“I have experienced many British Grand Prix weekends, but never on this side and I want to thank all the fans for their incredible support.

“Running and winning in front of this crowd is what dreams are made of and it was very special to have my family here to see it. It wasn’t the best start for me, I made a bad pitch and was behind Fabienne.

“But I knew he had the pace and he was faster, and luckily she made a mistake that allowed me to slip away and I was able to get him home from there.”

The W Series heads to the Hungaroring, Hungary in late July before four more races at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Circuit Zandvoort, Circuit of the Americas before concluding the competition at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-18 19:22:32

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