Mike, EK was quick. Got a poor start and was then 'missiled' by the Canadian girl at the hairpin on lap 1. She didn't look best pleased, did she?
Hi, EK was hit by Megan Gilkes, a Canadian.
Yes, shame when that happens. But with single-seaters, good qually position and first lap are crucial - the mid-field can be very vulnerable through no fault of yours.
Jamie had gearbox issues, no down changes for the corners.
TV Coverage in Australia!
On the SBS News ( govt station focused on multicultural stuff- and the best news) had a report on Jamie’s race and included an interview with her about the nature of the event. Included both sides of the argument about female only racing but came down on the support side. Didn’t go into the race proper but still amazing to see it on free to air tv.
Once again, We’ll Done Jamie.
Seems quite a gamble to enter the W series at this stage in Jamie's career - to not win or be top 2 or 3 could be damaging, plus the ongoing debate on whether the series is a good thing (yes it is).
Congratulations to her on a brilliant victory!
I am very proud of my 20 year old daughters academic achievements - quite different, but I can imagine how Jamie's dad feels.
Yes, the W-Series seems to have generated huge interest - and, although I'm biased, I think the organisers deserve a lot of credit for what they have done.
For Jamie, there was no downside to entering - a paid for drive, in a high-profile series, at leading European circuits, in a quality car, supporting a major event (DTM), and the opportunity to win significant prize money. Yes, she has to perform, and things can/will go wrong, but that's the nature of the sport.
There is no 'gender segregation' in motorsport. Last weekend, Jamie was racing an Aston Martin GT car in a Nurburgring endurance race, with two male drivers, against a field of mixed gender drivers (albeit 90% male). Two weeks before, she was racing in F3 in Malaysia against an all male grid.
All W-Series is doing is addressing the criticism that motorsport is too male dominated, by trying to highlight and encourage female talent in an entertaining race series.
I can only think that anyone who criticises it either doesn't understand it, or it's 'sour grapes'.
Whilst it provides a very even playing field, in terms of the cars, teams, and regulations, obviously the drivers have different levels of experience. So, yes, certain drivers would be expected to perform better. But, what should make the W-Series interesting, is to see how all the different drivers develop and improve.
Hockenheim was only the first round, of a brave new project, so lots of lessons for everyone to learn from - inc the broadcasters. And, the cold wet conditions meant it lacked some of the glamour that might have been expected. But, I really do hope it is a success and will be here to stay.
PS - I still find Ginetta Juniors just about the most entertaining motor racing on TV, and that's also specialist category designed to encourage young racers.
Thanks for your interesting and balanced comments. I wasn’t aware of Jamie’s other drives and wish her the best for all upcoming races.
In every aspect of our lives from racing to board rooms around the world it isn’t enough to just let talent “rise to the top” as the decision makers up there are mostly blokes. To be able to have this opportunity in a specialized series In Addition to already competing head to head is a great thing for the sport.
All the best. I shall watch with interest.
And a very competent radio interview this morning. And that includes the interviewer!