W SERIES ANNOUNCES 18 DRIVERS FOR 2020 SEASON
After a three-day on-track test at Almeria (southern Spain) last month, and a rigorous lap-time assessment and data-analysis programme thereafter, W Series has selected six new drivers to race alongside the 12 drivers who automatically qualified for the 2020 W Series championship as a result of having finished inside the top 12 in the 2019 W Series championship.
|Driver||Country||Age||Position in W Series Championship|
|Tasmin Pepper||South Africa||29||10th|
|Ayla Agren||Norway||25||New entrant|
|Abbie Eaton||UK||27||New entrant|
|Belen Garcia||Spain||20||New entrant|
|Nerea Marti||Spain||17||New entrant|
|Irina Sidorkova||Russia||16||New entrant|
|Bruna Tomaselli||Brazil||21||New entrant|
Catherine Bond Muir (Chief Executive Officer, W Series) said:
“Almost as soon as the sun had set on Brands Hatch, scene of the 2019 W Series championship finale, on Sunday August 11th, we at W Series began preparing for our 2020 season. More than 40 new drivers applied to race with us in 2020 and, after a three-day on-track test at Almeria [southern Spain] last month, and a rigorous lap-time and data-analysis programme thereafter, we’re now able to announce the first 18 of the 20 drivers who’ll compete in the 2020 W Series championship.
“It’s an impressive list, including the top 12 from our 2019 season, and six new drivers, who all performed well at Almeria. The result is a varied and international group, comprising 18 drivers from 12 countries, ranging in age from the super-experienced Finn, Emma Kimilainen, 30, to the very promising young Russian, Irina Sidorkova, 16.
“Our commiserations go to those whom we haven’t selected, but sadly their disappointment is simply an example of the jeopardy inherent in any athlete’s life at the higher levels of competitive sport. The more you can win, the more you can lose.”