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W Series reveals 2019 prize money roster and initial details of 2020 season

22 Jul 2019

  • US$500,000 for 2019 W Series winner
  • All W Series drivers to receive prize money, down to US$7500 for lowest-placed finishers
  • Top 12 drivers in 2019 W Series to receive automatic entry to 2020 W Series
  • Drivers below top 12 have option to reapply for 2020 W Series
  • FIA Superlicence points to be awarded in 2020 W Series

London, Thursday July 18th - W Series, the new-for-2019 single-seater motor racing series for female drivers only, today announces full details of the 2019 prize money roster and some important details of the 2020 season.

The total prize fund for 2019 is US$1.5 million, to be distributed as follows:

1st place: US$500,000
2nd place: US$250,000
3rd place: US$125,000
4th place: US$100,000
5th place: US$90,000
6th place: US$80,000
7th place: US$70,000
8th place: US$60,000
9th place: US$50,000
10th place: US$40,000
11th place: US$30,000
12th place: US$25,000
13th place: US$20,000
14th place: US$15,000
15th, 16th, 17th and 18th places: US$7500
Reserves: US$7500

1st place: US$500,000
2nd place: US$250,000
3rd place: US$125,000
4th place: US$100,000
5th place: US$90,000
6th place: US$80,000
7th place: US$70,000
8th place: US$60,000
9th place: US$50,000
10th place: US$40,000
11th place: US$30,000
12th place: US$25,000
13th place: US$20,000
14th place: US$15,000
15th, 16th, 17th and 18th places: US$7500
Reserves: US$7500

The provisional 2019 W Series money list is as follows, with two races still to run (Assen [Netherlands] on July 20th and Brands Hatch [UK] on August 11th), so all W Series drivers will be pushing as hard as they can at Assen and Brands Hatch to gain places and boost their prize money earnings:

Jamie Chadwick: US$500,000
Beitske Visser: US$250,000
Marta Garcia: US$125,000
Fabienne Wohlwend: US$100,000
Alice Powell: US$90,000
Miki Koyama: US$80,000
Sarah Moore: US$70,000
Tasmin Pepper: US$60,000
Vicky Piria: US$50,000
Sabre Cook: US$40,000
Emma Kimilainen: US$30,000
Esmee Hawkey: US$25,000
Gosia Rdest: US$20,000
Naomi Schiff: US$15,000
Caitlin Wood: US$7500
Vivien Keszthelyi: US$7500
Jessica Hawkins: US$7500
Shea Holbrook: US$7500
Megan Gilkes: US$7500
Sarah Bovy: US$7500

Four drivers are in contention for the US$500,000 top prize: Jamie Chadwick, Beitske Visser, Marta Garcia and Fabienne Wohlwend.

The drivers who finish in the first 12 places in the final 2019 W Series points standings will automatically be invited to enter the W Series. Drivers who finish below the first 12 places will be permitted to apply to enter the driver selection programme for the 2020 W Series. The details, timings and location(s) of that driver selection programme are yet to be finalised. Drivers who have not taken part in this year's W Series may apply to enter the driver selection programme for next year's W Series, as long as they (a) are female and (b) possess an FIA International C licence (or better).

The 2020 W Series will be eligible for FIA Superlicence points. The FIA is currently determining the number of points that will be awarded, and the number of drivers who will receive them.

Catherine Bond Muir (W Series CEO) said:

"The inaugural season of W Series is proving to be a roaring success. The racing is close and competitive, and three drivers have won races so far [Jamie Chadwick, Beitske Visser and Marta Garcia]. With two points-scoring races still to go, at Assen [Netherlands] and Brands Hatch [UK], four drivers can still become W Series champion [Jamie Chadwick, Beitske Visser, Marta Garcia and Fabienne Wohlwend]. There will be prize money for all our drivers, all the way down to last place, but those four will be pulling out all the stops at Assen and Brands Hatch in their efforts to scoop the US$500,000 top prize.

"Building on the ongoing success of W Series this year, next year's W Series will be open to the top 12 points-scoring drivers in the final 2019 W Series points table, and we're already receiving plenty of expressions of interest from other drivers who haven't taken part in W Series so far. The competition for the opportunity to race in 2020 W Series is all about: a highly competitive race series in which the best female racing drivers in the world race one another in state-of-the-art Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars, on iconic racetracks, and thereby gain crucial on-track experience which will enable them to progress their careers on and up to more senior single-seater formulae, where they can race - and beat - their male rivals. And from 2020 onwards they'll be earning Superlicence points as they do so."

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